June 2022

Florida CraftArt | Beyond Words | Books as Art

10JUNAll Day30JULFlorida CraftArt | Beyond Words | Books as Art


Curated by Cindy Bartosek-  While artists have been involved in making books for centuries it wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that artists around the world began making books as an art form experimenting with innovative combinations of images text and format. The book form gives visual artists a space and a voice to explore and communicate important themes and visual ideas. This exhibition celebrates the book as art through a varied collection of inventive and intriguing works that challenge preconceptions of what a book is and can be.

Florida CraftArt invites new mid-career and established artists residing in Florida Georgia Alabama Mississippi South Carolina North Carolina and Tennessee to submit recent handmade artists’ books that represent a broad interpretation of the concept of “book” in new and unexpected ways.

Jurors’ selections are final and will be based on the level of technical skill quality and complexity of workmanship artistry and originality of design and impact of the work as represented in the images submitted. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Partnerships and educational programming include Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University and Keep St. Pete Lit

(*Fine craft techniques are ceramics fiber glass jewelry metal mixed-media sculpture and wood.)

Florida CraftArt

Florida CraftArt (FCA) is a member-supported, statewide nonprofit organization headquartered in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg’s art and culture district. Fine craft art by more than 220 Florida artists is presented in the 2,500-square-foot Florida Artists Gallery and in the adjacent Exhibition Gallery, which features curated exhibitions and programming. Fine craft techniques are ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, sculpture, and wood. Admission to the galleries is free. On the second floor of Florida CraftArt’s 100-year-old building is ArtLofts, 20 artists’ studios, and a meeting room called the Creative Loft, where workshops, lectures, and meetings are held. ArtLofts are open by appointment or by chance and on ArtWalk, every second Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
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