Books, Boxes and Boundaries
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Focusing on the expanded use of single spread bindings as a means for artistic production, participants will explore a variety of book structures that lend themselves to multiple creative practices such as photography, alternative photographic processes and non-silver techniques, as well as printmaking and collage. Structures taught, along with variations on each, include the drum leaf, the leporello and the blizzard book, among many others. These single spread bindings are well suited to the numerous practices noted above, as imposition is not a concern and allows for multiple modifications. Traditional and innovative demonstrations for covering embellishments in union with the book format will illustrate boundless expressive potential. Additionally, enclosures for each set of books will round out the week leaving each participant with a series of ornamental books housed within various boxes and enclosures..
Cynthia Nourse Thompson is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the MFA program in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has also been named Curator and Consulting Visual Arts Director for the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR. Prior to this position, Thompson served as Associate Professor and Curator of Exhibitions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Previously, Thompson served for twelve years as Professor of Book, Print, and Paper Arts at Memphis College of Art [MCA], Chair of the Fine Arts Department, and Curator and Director of Visiting Artist Lectures.
Thompson has also been visiting faculty at University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy; the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy; and the University of Arkansas Program in Rome, Italy. Thompson has been awarded numerous residencies including Yaddo, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop, the Visual Studies Workshop, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon, and a winter letterpress residency at Penland School of Craft. Thompson received her BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Rutgers. In addition to teaching and curating, Thompson previously worked at Dieu Donne Papermill, Harlan & Weaver Intaglio, and the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, now the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions.