CALL FOR ART: ALTERED BOOKS AT MINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL LIBRARY
Minneapolis Public Library announces a national call for U.S. artists to submit digital images of
altered books for a juried exhibition January-March 2008 at Minneapolis Central Library’s
Cargill Hall exhibition gallery. The exhibition will be juried by Betty Bright, Ph.D., former
curator at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and author of No Longer Innocent: Book Art in
America, 1960 to 1980, (Granary Books, 2005).
The exhibition will be part of a city-wide series of workshops, exhibitions and programs capped
by the annual convention of the Public Library Association, in Minneapolis, March 25-29, 2008.
A webpage and gallery guide will document the works. Media releases, electronic and printed
materials will direct visitors to all exhibition venues.
Altered Books Definition: According to the International Society of Book Artists, an altered book
is any book, old or new, that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. An altered
book can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber
stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned.
Cargill Hall Conditions: Designed by Cesar Pelli, the vibrant exhibition gallery is located on the
second floor of the Minneapolis Central Library. At 1,600 square feet and 122 linear feet of
hanging space, the gallery’s security is of moderate level. The furnishings include hanging rails
and hardware, three hooded pedestals, two hooded display tables and four glass vitrines 78” high.
Fabricated by Glasbau Hahn America, the pedestals, tables and vitrines are locked and have linen
decks. The gallery utilizes track lighting with 64 fixtures.
Submission Fee: $20 (make checks payable to Minneapolis Public Library) for up to 5 images on CD.
Images will be viewed one at a time on the juror’s personal monitor; they will not be projected or
viewed full screen. Images should be saved in JPG format, 72 dpi, no more than seven inches (or 504
pixels) along the image’s