Artist Talk: Concept to (Political) Action: Pop-Up Artists’ Books, featuring Shawn Sheehy

May 7, 2013

SheehyPopUpBookNext week, Chicago artist and paper engineer Shawn Sheehy will talk about the inspiration for his engaging sculptural books that explore environmental politics.

In his books, Shawn Sheehy’s images of plants, animals, and even landscapes literally move. Sheehy made his first pop-up book as a design student at Madison Area Technical College, and for the past fifteen years, he has developed a series of pop-up books that bring attention to ecosystems, resource allocation, and species adaptability.

His talk, Concept to (Political) Action: Pop-Up Artists’ Books, will be held on Tuesday, May 14, noon–1:30 p.m. in 126 Memorial Library on the UW-Madison campus. Sheehy’s lecture will include many images from his books and the stories that inspire him.

At a glance:

  • What: Concept to (Political) Action: Pop-Up Artists’ Books, an Artist Talk with Shawn Sheehy
  • When: Tuesday, May 14, 12:00–1:30 pm
  • Where: 126 Memorial Library, 728 State Street
Book artist Shawn Sheehy

This lecture is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and is part of Text Support: A Library Exhibit About Paper. Text Support is a multi-library exhibit on the history and artistry of paper, and is co-curated by Tracy Honn of Silver Buckle Press and Lyn Korenic of the Kohler Art Library.  The exhibit will run from April 15 through June 2013, and includes display cases at the Kohler Art Library and at Silver Buckle Press and the Department of Special Collections in Memorial Library.

All exhibitions and events, including Sheehy’s Artist Talk, are free and open to the public.

Questions? For more information about the lecture and exhibits visit the Friends’ website, e-mail, or call 608-265-2505.