The Assignment

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The Assignment: A Juried Exhibition of Artist Books
Organized in Conjunction with the College Book Art Association
December 3, 2009 - January 9, 2010

23 Sandy Gallery and the College Book Art Association (CBAA) are pleased to present The Assignment, a national, juried book arts exhibition held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the CBAA in Portland, Oregon. To illuminate the meeting’s focus on book arts teaching practice and pedagogy, this exhibition features artist book works that were generated directly from course assignments or from self-assignments generated by the artist.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

The two Purchase Prize awards were purchased and donated to the John Wilson Special Collections Room at the Multnomah County Library here in Portland.

Purchase Prize • Bridget Elmer for The Troubled Lyricist
Purchase Prize • Scripps College Press for To One's Taste
Juror's Choice Award ($200 Cash Award) • Fred Hagstrom for Can't Win
Juror's Choice Award ($200 Cash Award) • Jessica Peterson for Cause and Effect
Honorable Mention • Tricia Treacy for What More to Say
Honorable Mention • Janine Wong for Folded Geometry
Honorable Mention • Karen Kunc for Ephemera

The Assignment was juried by Macy Chadwick and Clifton Meador. Macy Chadwick is an instructor at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. She is also the proprietress of In Cahoots Press, Oakland, California. Clifton Meador is associate professor and director of the M.F.A. program in book and paper at Columbia College in Chicago. He is also the editor of the Journal of Artist Books.

The College Book Art Association is a non-profit organization fundamentally committed to the teaching of book arts at the college and university level, while supporting such education at all levels, concerned with both the practice and the analysis of the medium. The Association aims to engage in a continuing reappraisal of the nature and meaning of the teaching of book arts. The annual meeting to be held in Portland January 8-9, 2010.

Above image Left to Right: © Karen Kunc, Madeline Miller in collaboration with the Scripps College Press Typography Class, Julie Chen

Installation Photos

The main front room of 23 Sandy Gallery.

The Back Room, aka The Book Room, a small, intimate space for
solo book shows also extends our space for larger group shows.


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