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Book Arts in Real Life - June & July 2022

Itching to see some artist's books live and in person? Opportunities now!

The Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Member exhibition is on now through August 5th in the Collins Library at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

The suggested theme was “peaks and valleys,” and will be the first PSBA Member’s Exhibition held in person since the pandemic began. Lead curator Traci Timmons noted, "The works submitted to this year’s exhibition felt especially personal, with many responding

to the pandemic and the effect it had or is having on their lives. I was struck by the

visual and technical diversity of the work, by the overall excellence of the submissions,

and by how artists can imagine an idea, like ‘peaks and valleys,’ in so many ways. I really can’t wait for people to see these works in person."

Special events scheduled during the exhibition:

  • Opening reception on Saturday June 11, 2-4pm. Awards for this year’s exhibition will include the Award for Excellence and the Curator’s Choice award to be announced during the reception.

  • A four-part “open case presentations” series will be held on Wednesdays, June 15, 22, 29, and July 6 from 12-1:30pm. During these sessions, the public are given the opportunity to listen to artists speak about their individual work.

  • The last event is a special screening of a panel discussion between several artists in the exhibition and moderator Peter Newland. This scheduled for July 28 from 5:30-7pm. The People’s Choice Award will be announced following the panel discussion on July 28 after the ballots have been collected.

For more information about the Puget Sound Book Artists, please visit the website at:

For additional information regarding the exhibition, send inquiries to

Don't miss the last few weeks of the exhibition at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, BOUNDLESS, now through June 22, where artist books have taken over almost the entire museum. From the curators' statement:

Boundless celebrates the visionary ideals of the artist’s book which often challenge, in the best of ways, our preconceived notions of what a book can be. Boundless explores the vast field of artist’s books, but also the thinking of book artists. Each work reveals the mapping and laying bare of uncomfortable, surprising, or unexplored terrain.

This is a great venue to see a wide variety of artists' books, many one of a kind, from both private collection and the museum's collection. Several Book Arts Guild members have books in the show, like this one, Unwinding Through Time, by Suze Woolf (photo from BIMA website).

If you haven't been to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, it is an easy walk from the ferry passenger terminal. Admission to the museum is always free.


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