Keynote Speakers and Artists Book Exhibition
Molly Raphael is 2011-12 President of the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library organization in the world with nearly 61,000 members. Its mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
Molly Raphael served in urban public libraries for 40 years. In 2003 (after 33 years with the District of Columbia Public Library), Raphael was recruited to lead the award-winning Multnomah County Library (MCL) in Portland, Oregon. During her tenure, she increased diversity in library employment, collections and programming and was awarded the Arthur Flemming Civil Rights Award. Under her leadership, MCL achieved consistently top national rankings among urban public libraries and the highest gross circulation of any library in the country, surpassing libraries serving much larger populations. MCL, a nationally recognized leader in developing early literacy services and programs to reach out to underserved, culturally diverse communities, was selected in 2009 to receive the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. Raphael retired in 2009. more
William J. Diebold, PhD
William J. Diebold is the Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History and Humanities at Reed College, where he has taught since 1987. He received his BA from Yale College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. William Diebold’s primary academic interests are in ancient and medieval art, manuscript illumination, and art historical method. He is the author of Word and Image: An Introduction to Early Medieval Art and numerous articles on Carolingian and Ottonian images and image theory. He is currently completing a book on exhibitions of medieval art in 20th-century Germany.
Artists Book Exhibition
The Physical Word
Reed College Student Books from 2000-2012
Curated by Geraldine Ondrizek , Professor of Art, Reed College
Open Friday, October 19 from 10am to 5:30 pm and Saturday, October 20 from 9am to 1 pm.
An exhibition featuring some of the work made in the undergraduate Studio Art seminar course with Professor Ondrizek, “Image Text: the Artist Book as a Sculptural Object” for the assignment, “The Physical Word.” The assignment for these works asked students to consider the “voice” of a text as the center of their book design. They used a work of literature, poetry, or their own words as the central concept of the book. The layout and page and binding structure reflects the rhythm of the language. The study of letterpress and use of typography is central to each work so that the letterforms reflect the language itself. Each book is bound and constructed to reflect the concept of the work. The class learned both the codex, and Coptic bind, and the accordion, folio and box structures.