By Scott McCarney. Photo courtesy USM
In addition to being an art enthusiast, I am also an avid reader. I love books. I love to read them, and to appreciate them as self-contained objets d’arts. There is a certain beauty and mystery to books, and I think that is well worth celebrating.
On view now through February 2014 at the Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center on the USM Portland campus is “Art 241: The Visual Book,” an exhibition of student book art. Presented by the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, the exhibition features more than 40 works by 12 students enrolled in the Art 241 course.
Art 241 is instructed by Rebecca Goodale, coordinator of USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts.
Students chose their own themes to explore, so there is great variety in this exhibition. The personalities and styles of each student really shine through. Found objects, photos, paint, and other media lend richness and texture to the works.
It is quite an experience to view a good exhibition of student work. It allows viewers an opportunity to witness the emergence of talent and flair, when the student becomes an artist.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://usm.maine.edu/bookarts.