Ken Botnick on how experience can influence craft

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Influences and Ingenuities: how we remake ourselves, one book at a time.

Reviewing his books from the last 10 years, Ken Botnick will discuss how the influence of working in India has shaped what he is doing today and how he sees his work progressing into the future. He will discuss direct outcomes, his recent publications, as well as working methods, both of which have been affected by his experiences in India.

Ken Botnick has been printing and publishing works in limited edition for over 25 years, first as co-proprietor of Red Ozier Press in New York, and today under the imprint emdash in St Louis. His work is found in rare book collections around the world, including The Getty Center for Humanities, The Library of Congress, The Newberry Library, the Yale Arts of the Book Collection, libraries at Smith, Harvard, Wellesley and notable private collections. Botnick’s design work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts for its “50 Books/50 Covers” exhibit ( 2008), and by the American Association of University Presses. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in 2006 to support his residency at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, and at other leading Indian design institutes. His two primary research areas are in visual perception and, in India, the role of craft practice as a component of design thinking. He is Professor of Art at Washington University in St Louis where he directs the Kranzberg Book Studio.

The South Asian Studies Program will also host Botnick in a lecture on The Aesthetics of Accommodation: Signs, Streets, and Democratic Spaces in Urban India

Thursday October 27th at 4pm

University Capitol Center, room 2390.

Friday, October 28, 2011 4:30pm
English-Philosophy Building
251 West Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52242
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