News 2006-2007

Timothy Barrett wins major grant
May 21, 2007
woodblock print of historical papermaking
Historical western papermaking shop

The University of Iowa Center for the Book is happy to announce a major grant won by Timothy Barrett: Tim has merited a $184,000 award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The UICB’s research scientist and paper specialist, Barrett is the principal investigator for a grant to study paper composition from the 15th to 19th centuries, in order to better understand preservation and care decisions for collections. You can read more about the award here. Congratulations to Tim!

Gary Frost tests super absorbent paper
May, 2007

Gary in the Conservation Lab

UI Libraries Conservator and Center for the Book associate Gary Frost has been working with product developer Nicholas Yeager at Artifex Equipment to test a new super-absorbent paper product in disaster recovery. This paper is infused with corn-starch based powder which quickly wicks water out of damaged books and magazines. Recently, Frost had an opportunity to put this paper to the test, when a roof leak at the Hardin Library damaged some journals. Many of those journals are printed on glossy, coated paper stock, which is generally not recoverable from water damage. Using this special paper, the Libraries conservation and preservation staff were able to save these journals. Read more…

UICB instruction leads to award-winning essay
May, 2007
drawn portrait of John Mandeville
John Mandeville

History major and recent UI grad Danielle Bradley won First Prize in the 2006 EEBO Undergraduate Studies Essay Contest. A student of UICB lecturer Kathleen Kamerick, Bradley was recognized for her essay “From Fact to Fable: The Book of John Mandeville's 16th Century Fall from Authority.” Danielle's award-wining essay was part of her History honor's thesis, emerging from work she did in Prof. Kamerick’s “The Transition from Manuscript to Print” course. For more information, click here.

UICB receives $90,000 grant for printing unit
April 12, 2007
photo of student printing
UICB student Pamela Olson
prints in the Type Kitchen

The UICB has secured a $90,000 grant from an anonymous donor to support the letterpress printing program and to support graduate students with fellowship funding. Read more about the grant through this press release. The UICB will hire a printer-in-residence for the academic year 2007-08. Possible applicants should look to the job advertisement by clicking here. The UICB will also be considering applications for the graduate student fellowships to be held during 2007-08. For information on the application process, click here.

Erin Maurelli’s Art and Activism featured in 80 Hours
March 22, 2007
photo of Erin frosting cookies
Photo: Beth Skogan/The Daily Iowan

UICB and Art and Art History student Erin Maurelli was featured with Mother’s Milk Bank cofounder Jean Drulis in the Daily Iowan’s 80 Hours. Erin made 1,000 “boob cookies” for a show last weekend at the Southern Graphics Printmaking Council, accepting donations for the Mother’s Milk Bank at the event. Registered Daily Iowan readers can click here to read more about Erin and Jean…

Work by UICB Instructor and Student To Be Sent Into Space
March 14, 2007

When NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson rides aboard the International Space Station in October, she will carry with her words of wisdom from the students and staff members in the University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. One of her personal effects during her scheduled six-month mission aboard the space station will be a 12-by-18-inch piece of handmade paper bearing these words of advice, written by calligrapher and UICB instructor Cheryl Jacobsen. Jessica White, a graduate student at the UICB and School of Art and Art History, made the paper. Click here to read more…

Exclusive exhibit of UICB work at STS conference in New York City
March 14-17, 2007

The Center has been invited for a display of fine press work and other book arts at the Society for Textual Scholarship conference in New York City. The STS’s biennial meeting brings together scholars from across the world devoted to bibliographical and editorial inquiry; it also publishes the journal Textual Cultures (a semiannual updating of the annual journal TEXT). The UICB is the sole exhibitor of books at the NYU-based event, with a display featuring past and present work by faculty and students.

National Presentations by Frost, Brown, and Barrett
March 2007

Gary Frost addresses “Prospects for the Print Book Today” at the Society for Printers meeting in Boston (March 7, 2007) and presents as well at the Bryn Mawr Seminar on American Bookbinding History (“The Advent of Production Case Binding in the United States,” March 9, 2007). Matthew P. Brown discusses seventeenth-century New England’s psalm culture at the Society for Textual Scholarship conference in New York City (“The Index, the Abecedary, and the Record,” March 16, 2007). And Tim Barrett gives an invited lecture on paper history at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (March 23, 2007).

From Brooklyn to Des Moines to New Haven: Leonard, Martin, and Kelchen Display Nationally

A gallery patron interacts with Julie Leonard's book in the 3Dc2 exhibit

The UICB’s Bookbinding Specialist Julia Leonard is featured in “3Dc2: Define, Discover, and Discuss Contemporary Craft,” a Brooklyn, NY exhibition of cutting-edge contemporary work by creators exploring the intersections of art and craft. For the show’s excellent display—and Leonard’s work in action—see these images. Emily Martin’s book art is represented in the “Figurative Show” at the Olson-Larson Gallery in West Des Moines, the only such codices present in an exhibit of painting, prints, and sculptures. And the UICB’s printing and design instructor Craig Kelchen is showing at the “Book in Hand” exhibit at New Haven’s Arts + Literature Laboratory. Recent UICB graduate Sarah McCoy is likewise featured in the New Haven show.

Jacobsen Wins ADDY Award
February 2007

Calligraphy faculty member Cheryl Jacobsen won a Gold ADDY award from the Advertising Federation of Cedar Rapids. Jacobsen’s work illustrating the 2006 Illumine magazine was honored with the award. Illumine is a publication from the office of the UI Vice President for Research. Click here to download the article and see Cheryl's illustrations.

UICB student David Herwaldt to give gallery talk
Thursday, March 8, 7:30pm
UI Museum of Art

David Herwaldt, instructor and M.F.A. candidate in the UI School of Art and Art History, on Picturing Eden in the gallery. See more about the exhibit...

"Love in the Stacks" Presentation and Reception
Wednesday, February 14
Noon, 2032 Main Library

In celebration of Valentine's Day, the University of Iowa Libraries is unlocking the archives to expose love letters, love poems, and other romantic artifacts from the university's collections of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemeral publications.Librarians from Special Collections, University Archives, and Iowa Women's Archives will discuss highlights from their holdings at a presentation titled "Love in the Stacks." Light refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. Learn more...

Book and Paper Art by UICB Faculty, Staff, and Students

(work by UICB instructor Sara Langworthy)

January 22 - March 9, 2007
Lowe Art and Environment Center
4500 10th Street
Marion, IA

An exhibit of book and paper art will be up at the Lowe Art and Environment Center in Marion, Iowa through March 9th. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2007 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Center is located at 4500 10th Street in Lowe Park.

UICB Student Willy Blackmore featured by Pop Matters
September 7, 2006

UICB student Willy Blackmore’s Impetus Press—an independent publishing house dedicated to “literary fiction that takes popular culture as its muse”—is profiled in the September 7, 2006 issue of the online journal PopMatters. Click here to read.

Gary Frost presented with the Banks/Harris Preservation Award
June, 2006

UICB instructor and UI Libraries Conservator Gary Frost was presented with the 2006 Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Preservation Award at ALA's annual meeting in June. Read more...