Events 2005-2006

Saturdays Summer 2006
Historical Printing Demonstrations, Amana Colonies
UICB staff and students will be giving historical printing demonstrations at least every other Saturday beginning on June 17th from 10am-4pm. The free demonstrations are in the Homestead Blacksmith Shop in Homestead, IA. Equipment in use includes a Linotype machine and a Chandler and Price press. In addition to the Saturday free demonstrations, there are a few Friday night fundraiser evenings.

July 11, 2006 10:00 am
Artists Books of Booklyn, Main Library
Special Collections Classroom
Sheryl Oring of Booklyn, a non-profit collective of artists and bookmakers headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, will be presenting a variety of artist's books. All are welcomed to the Special Collections classroom on the third floor of Main Library.

June 24-25, 2006
Edition Bookbinding Workshop Closed!
With Priscilla Spitler, Midwest Chapter, GBW at the UI
This two day workshop is designed to help the hand binder overcome unique problems associated with multiple or edition binding. Beginning with a prototype case bound book, time-saving steps will be introduced including the construction and use of jigs for more efficient and consistent production.  The importance of teamwork and good planning will be covered in this workshop, such as breaking down the edition into individual steps in order to carry the books as a group through the binding process.  Dealing with the bidding process, while developing a relationship with printers/publishers or other clients, will also be discussed. For more information, contact Kristin Baum at kristin-baum@uiowa.edu or 319-335-5503.

April 28, 2006
UICB Open House
4:30-7:00 p.m., North Hall, 1st Floor
Works by Center students will be on display, including bookbinding; artists' books; handmade paper; letterpress printed books and broadsides; and calligraphy. Refreshments will be served.

April 20, 2006
Mitchell Lecture: Cheryl Porter
"Seeking the colorful past: collecting alum, mercury, cinnabar, saffron, purple and red insects..."

8 p.m., Gerber Lounge, English Philosophy Building (EPB)
This slide lecture will address the history, geography, iconographic importance, and techniques of color manufacture, with specific reference to medieval manuscript paintings. Porter will discuss her travels to various parts of the world in search of both organic and inorganic materials used in creating the medieval color palette used in manuscripts, wall and panel paintings.

April 21, 2006
Discussion with Cheryl Porter
11:45 a.m., 215 North Hall
Porter will lead the Center's Book Studies Workshop discussion of the Montefiascone Project in Montefiascone, Italy.

April 21-23, 2006
Workshop: "The medieval palette: understanding and re-creating colors used for painting medieval manuscripts"
Cheryl Porter will demonstrate how the medieval manuscript painter created his/her palette of colors used in the illustration of medieval texts. Participants will learn what materials went into making manuscript paintings. Earth colors, organic colors (plant and animal), and mineral colors will be studied and each participant will create their own sample chart of the various pigments used by medieval craftsmen.

April 7-9, 2006
Craft, Critique, Culture
An interdisciplinary conference co-sponsored by the Center for the Book. For more information, click here.

March 24, 2006
Historical Printing Exposition
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historical Printing Studio, Printing Department
Mossman Business Services Building, South Riverside Dr, Iowa City
During this free event, three machines will be in action: the Reliance, the Star Kelsey, and the Model 31 Linotype. The free event is sponsored jointly by the Center for the Book and the UI Printing Department.

March 9, 2006
Why paint in books? A taxonomy of motives for
illuminated manuscripts
5 p.m., 70 Van Allen Hall
Presentation by George Greenia, visiting professor of Medieval Spanish Literature at the College of William and Mary.

March 10, 2006
KSUI's Know the Score LIVE
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Joan Kjaer, along with Dianna Cates, George Greenia, Christopher Merrill, and UICB Advisory Board member Jonathan Wilcox. The show will explore the mystery of pilgrimage.

March 8, 2006
British Influences on One Bookish American
3:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room, UI Main Library
An illustrated lecture by Gaylord Schanilec previously delivered to England's Designer Bookbinders of London and the Double Crown Club. Schanilec has been printing and publishing books since he established Midnight Paper Sales Press in 1981. Co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

March 8, 2006
Sacred Steps: Medieval Pilgrimage, Modern Motives
8 p.m., W151 John Papajohn Business Building
A multimedia discussion of the Camino de Santiago and modern pilgrims by George Greenia, visiting professor of Medieval Spanish Literature at the College of William and Mary.

March 3, 2006
UI Center for the Book: New Works
RSVP, 114 E. Washington St., 5-8 p.m.
The show includes book making, calligraphy, paper making, and letterpress printing by Center students. For more info click here.

March 3, 2006
Instructor Works Display, Opening
Iowa State Bank, 102 S. Clinton St.
A display of work by Center instructors.

February 27, 2006
When Adults Talk in Circles: What Book Groups Can Tell Us about Contemporary Reading Practices
by Joan Bessman Taylor, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign Doctoral Candidate
10-11 a.m., 2nd Floor Conference Room, UI Main Library
This presentation will describe an ongoing research project investigating collective reading practices in face-to-face, open-to-the-public settings.

February 14, 2006
The Graphic Sensibility: an Aesthetic of Communication
Presentation by D.B. Dowd, visiting artist in printmaking from Washington University, St. Louis. 7:30-8:30 p.m., E109 Art Building.

February 15, 2006
Confessions of a Vulgarian
Presentation by D.B. Dowd, visiting artist in printmaking from Washington University, St. Louis. 7:30-8:30 p.m., E109 Art Building.

November 5, 2005-February 12, 2006
Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman
The University of Iowa Museum of Art
This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to examine the full range of the books Whitman produced including different editions and issues of his masterwork, Leaves of Grass.

November 14-18, 2005
Annual Mulberry Harvest
UI Oakdale Campus
The Center's paper facility will harvest its Japanese mulberry (kozo) trees used to make lightweight conservation mending paper. A class will be visiting Wednesday morning but otherwise the rest of the week—Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.—is open to observers and participants. Should you choose to participate, please dress appropriately; time will be spent outdoors as well as in the heated facility.

November 10, 2005
Brownell Lecture: Ezra Greenspan
"Walt Whitman and U.S. Print Culture:
The Medium and the Man"
The University of Iowa Museum of Art, 7 p.m.
Professor Ezra Greenspan, a leading book history scholar, is the keynote speaker of the Obermann Humanities Symposium.

November 10-12, 2005
Obermann Humanities Symposium
The University of Iowa Museum of Art
Thursday Keynote Speaker at 7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The first full-scale exploration of Walt Whitman in relation to bookmaking and book history. Speakers include Cathleen Baker, Betsy Erkkila, Ed Folsom, Ted Genoways, Charles Green, Ezra Greenspan, Amy Hezel, Karen Karbiener, Jerome Loving, Matt Miller, Kenneth Price, Gary Schmidgall, and Alan Trachtenberg.

November 2, 2005
Historical Printing Exposition
9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Historical Printing Studio, Printing Department
Mossman Business Services Building, South Riverside Dr, Iowa City
During this free event, three machines will be in action: the Reliance, the Star Kelsey, and the Model 31 Linotype. The event is sponsored jointly by the Center for the Book and the UI Printing Department.

October 3-31, 2005
"Sacred Stillness, Sacred Light"
Mercy Hospital Atrium, 500 E Market Street, Iowa City
In celebration of National Arts and Culture Month, Mercy will exhibit iconic paintings by Roberta Williams and spiritual calligraphic images by Cheryl Jacobsen. Jacobsen is an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for the Book. For more information about the exhibit, call 800-358-2767.

September 30-October 31, 2005
Chen Prints in Iowa Gallery Show
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids
Exhibit will feature Jeremy Chen's monoprints, which were created during study at the University of Iowa. Chen is a student in the Center for the Book graduate certificate program.

October 24, 2005
Hurricane in Mississippi: Assessment of Damage to Library, Archival, and Museum Collections
Main Library Conference Room, noon
Gary Frost, UI Libraries conservator, will present a slide show of his experience in hurricane-ravaged Mississippi.

October 13-14, 2005
Bookmobile Project
University of Iowa Main Library, South Parking Lot
A traveling exhibition of artist books, zines, and independent publications. The trailer will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. To learn more about the project, click here.

Through September 2005
The Business of Bookbinding in Iowa: 1930-1950
The University of Iowa Special Collections
This exhibit looks at the early history of Des Moines' Library Binding Service (formerly known as the Hertzberg Bindery). Curated by UI Libraries Special Collections staff.

September 10, 2005
The 37th Annual Festival of Books for Young People
Presented by the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, this event celebrates books for young people. Guest speakers are Virginia Euwer Wolff, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, and Kathleen T. Horning.

Through August 23, 2005
Bill Anthony: Lineage of a Master
Iowa Artisans Gallery
Curated by Larry Yerkes and Julia Leonard, this exhibit features work by Bill Anthony's protégés. The display runs through August 23. The Iowa Artisans Gallery is located at 207 E. Washington Street.

April 15, 2005-July 31, 2005
Bill Anthony's Fine Book Bindings
Curated by Larry Yerkes. Will feature over 50 of these remarkable examples of binding and will include an illustrated catalogue.

July 22-25, 2005
Preservation of the Changing Book: An Exposition in the Field of Book Conservation
This event will feature exhibits, speakers, panel discussions, poster sessions, vendor fair, and a "Big Tent Show" of demonstrations. All events will provide diverse, new perspectives and illustrate trends in the development of the field of book conservation. The Center for the Book is cosponsoring the event.

July 3, 2005
Opening of the Homestead Print Shop & Bindery
The Amanas Heritage Society and the University of Iowa Center for the Book are pleased to open the Homestead Print Shop & Bindery.

March 23, 2005
Stephen Perkins, "No Compromise: Zines as Temporary Autonomous Zones"
3:30 p.m., Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library
Perkins is a zinester extraordinare. He collected more than three thousand zines, organized zine exhibits and catalogs, and even convinced his faculty members in the UI School of Art to let him write a dissertation on artists' periodicals as networks of alternative/underground cultures. He is currently curator at the Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he curates shows and teaches.

March 28-29, 2005
Historical Printing Exposition
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, UICB/Printing Department Historical Printing Studio, Mossman Business Services Building, South Riverside Drive