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Festina Lente: A Life with Artists’ Books

Thursday April 11, 2024 7:00pm (doors open at 6:45)

Special Collections Classroom B069, Suzzallo Library

University of Washington Libraries

The motto “make haste slowly” was used by Aldus Manutius starting in 1502 and the concept is still true.  Book artists all over the world are setting type, creating bindings, making paper and cutting images in wood.  These creations may be one-of-a-kinds or editions &andthey can stay “close to home” or find themselves thousands of miles from their source.  In the 55 years I have had the privilege to acquire these pieces for the University of Washington Libraries I have seen many themes, forms, material choices and experiments.  I continue to be impressed with the talent, inspiration & dedication of book artists with a wide variety of goals.  One of my greatest pleasures is the opportunity to share these books with a wide range of visitors.  The Book Arts Guild has been a visitor to Special Collections from its inception and is a welcome participant to appreciating the work of their colleagues around the world in this field.  Please join us on to see new acquisitions & to visit with some historic pieces which are old friends.

--Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts & Rare Book Curator,

Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries



Evening parking at UW Seattle costs $13.00 in the Central Parking Garage (under Red Square), and $6.50 elsewhere on campus. Please note that the Central Parking Garage uses the PayByPhone app and parking areas DO NOT ACCEPT CASH.  If needed, ask the staff at the Gatehouse for assistance or direction.


The Special Collections Classroom in the basement of Suzzallo Library. Enter Suzzallo Library from the West (Red Square) entrance and walk through the middle of the building to the Allen Library where the crow sculpture is overheard. Turn right and take the elevators to the basement level. The entrance to the classroom is around the corner to the right.



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