UDALLAS Release: University of Dallas Presents 'The Space Between'
Haggerty Gallery Art Exhibition Rethinks the Nature of Books, the World Around Us
Irving, TX (08/21/2018) — The University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of handmade artist books and printed works, titled "The Space Between," which converges around the idea of the space between things both in a literal and a metaphorical sense. "The works allude to that elusive space between things and how we navigate both the distance and the impact," said exhibit curator Eileen Wallace, current lecturer of printmaking and book arts at the University of Georgia.
On Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., Wallace will set the stage with an opening presentation in the Haggerty Gallery on the University of Dallas' Irving campus. An opening reception will follow from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery, and the exhibition will remain open for viewing through Sunday, Sept. 23.
In a time when bookstores are closing shop and more individuals are turning to digital readers, the art of bookmaking is conversely thriving in contemporary art. Contemporary artist books are a dynamic and interactive art form that involves printing, papermaking, typography and graphic design - and Wallace has a selected a talented array of artists whose strong craftsmanship and expression are powerful and engaging examples in the field.
Exhibit subjects range from investigations of the physical and emotional space between people, places and things, to transitory moments when one thing shifts and becomes another. Each artist employs a design approach to investigate the empty space on a page, highlighting space and shapes between letters and form. "This exhibition is a nice reminder of the power of the book as a communicative object of expression," said Gallery Manager and Curator Christina Hayes Haley.
"Even at universities where reading books is the center of student life, it is easy to take books for granted," continued Haley. "We have highlighted these artist books with ample space and now invite visitors to come spend time with them in observation."
Eileen Wallace teaches letterpress printing, papermaking and bookbinding at the University of Georgia. She serves as co-director emeritus of the Paper & Book Intensive (PBI) and was recently a board member of Hand Papermaking Magazine. She holds an M.F.A. in Book Arts as well as an M.L.S., both from the University of Alabama, and also curated "Masters: Book Arts," a book featuring more than 40 artists considered to be masters of the craft. For this exhibition, Wallace selected a number of renowned artists, including Inge Bruggeman, Ellen Knudson, Karen Kunc, Alex McClay, Katherine Miller, Leslie Noell, Lisa Beth Robinson and David Wolske.
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About the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery is located in the Art History Building at the corner of Gorman Drive and Haggar Circle on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate Drive in Irving. The gallery, which is part of the university's Haggerty Art Village, is free and open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day. For more gallery information, visit www.udallas.edu/gallery or call 972-721-5087.
About the University of Dallas
The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly 7 million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by academic rigor, an exceptional faculty and a commitment to shaping principled leaders in the Catholic intellectual tradition. For more information, visit www.udallas.edu.