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All About Me: Book Arts

October 1 – November 30, 2009

VSAExquisiteCorpseNEWVision, Strength, Access – VSA Arts of Wisconsin – proudly presents a variety of books created by students with disabilities who participated in an “All About Me” artist residency.  Mounted in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival with its theme “courage,” the exhibit features unique handmade books that combine original writings.  The VSA artist residencies were held at schools in Madison, Milwaukee, Brookfield, Wauwautosa, and Wausau during the 2008-2009 school year.  Students ages 9 to 21 from these areas participated in hands-on sessions facilitated by teaching artists Nancee Killoran, Linda Mathes and Petra Press.  The students explored papermaking, bookbinding, drawing, and printmaking as well as a variety of book structures.  The exhibit features both collaborative “exquisite corpse” books as well as books done by individual students.  VSA Arts of Wisconsin promotes the creative power of children and adults with disabilities.

Curated by Alexis London, VSA Arts of Wisconsin and Lyn Korenic, Kohler Art Library.

Image from:  Ms. Monday’s Menagerie, exquisite corpse book