Kate Thomas, MFA Graduate Student, who is the current Artists’ Book Specialist (neat!) working with Technical Services Librarian Kay Streng at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Library, wrote to us recently about a new exhibit on at the MCAD Library.

“Handbook of Electronic Tables” altered by Kelsey Barnes.

Students from adjunct liberal arts faculty Lightsey Darst’s Introduction to Poetry class created Altered Books as part of their coursework.

My students are using material removed from the MCAD Library collection to make new poetic projects. They’re connecting with a strong trend in contemporary poetry—the use of non-poetic source material—and with their visual arts training. The ultimate product will be a writer’s version of an artist’s book, a project that rewards both reading and looking. ~ Professor Darst

Kate writes,

With display cases dispersed throughout its reading room and stack rooms, the MCAD Library is one large art-incubating space.

We showcase world renowned Artists’ Books next to student work that includes: installations in repurposed card catalogues, altered books, and even interactive installations mixed in with books in the stacks. We recently opened a gallery space in the library that features rotating student exhibitions. The main goal of the MCAD Library is to provide research tools and study spaces for our students. It is also a place to showcase that showcases the creative achievements of our talented students.

View select pieces from the Altered Book project on Flickr. Learn more about the MCAD Library on Tumblr.

The exhibit runs until December 14, 2012.

Images courtesy of MCAD Library.

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