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ART WAVE: 24th Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium

October 16, 2018
Save America by Catherine LeCleire

Save America by Catherine LeCleire

Join Special Collections and University Archives and the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History at Alexander Library on Friday, November 2 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. for ART WAVE: the 24th Annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium. The 24th annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium will feature seven artists who work with books.

Schedule of Events

Time Event
8:45 a.m. Coffee and Registration
9:00 a.m. Workshop
10:00 a.m. Greetings

Dee Magnoni, Assistant Vice President for Information Services and Director of New Brunswick Libraries

Co-sponsor, Middlesex County Office of Arts and History

Michael Joseph, Founding Director, NJBAS
10:40 a.m. Artists’ Presentations I

Karen Guancione, Introductions
12–2:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Readings from Artists' Books
2:00 p.m. Open Mic

Announcements from the floor
2:20 p.m. Artists’ Presentations II
3:30 p.m. Judith K. Brodsky, Respondent
3:45 p.m. Book Artists’ Jam

Golnar Adili is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Much of her work is influenced by growing up in post-Iranian Revolution Tehran and issues of displacement. Adili has been awarded residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop (2015), The MacDowell Colony (2007, 2013), the Rockefeller Foundation at the Bellagio Center, and the Lower East Side Printshop (2014), among others. Asha Ganpat is a sculptor who was born in Trinidad, W.I. and currently lives/works in New Jersey. Ganpat has shown at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Instituto di Cultura, Exit Art, the Noyes Museum, the Queens Museum, the Jersey City Museum and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Ganpat is an adjunct professor of sculpture at Montclair State University. Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an American printer, book artist and papermaker best known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters. One critic noted that Kennedy was “...unafraid of asking uncomfortable questions about race and artistic pretension.” In 2015, Kennedy was honored as a United States Artists Glasgow Fellow in Crafts and received a $50,000 unrestricted prize. Catherine LeCleire received her B.F.A. in printmaking, and her M.A.E. in art education with a concentration in printmaking from Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts), and her M.F.A. in fine arts from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles with a concentration in printmaking. She teaches printmaking and book art techniques at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University. In 2008, LeCleire was the first artist to be awarded a residency through the Adolph Konrad Endowment from the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Warren Lehrer is an American author and artist/designer known mostly for his highly visual books and multimedia projects. Lehrer came to prominence in the 1980s and 90s for his attempts at capturing the shape of thought and speech on the printed page in his books and performance scores characterized by polyvalent narratives and expressionistic typography. Anna Pinto teaches workshops for various calligraphy and book arts groups around the country. Her specialties are the Italic style and casual handwriting styles. She particularly enjoys incorporating color and drawing into her work. Her work has been seen in publications that range from Artist and Alphabet: Lettering Art in the Twentieth Century (Godine) to Drawing Dimensions: a Comprehensive Introduction by Cynthia Dantzic (Prentice Hall) and used as props in films such as The Immigrant, True Story, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Jean Stufflebeem is a fiber artist based in Watchung NJ who makes prints, sculptures and books. Her passion for using paper pulp as an expressive medium springs from her aesthetic and spiritual connection to the physical universe we inhabit. Anchored in respect for materials and processes, her work dives into the struggle afoot to save the planet.

The artists’ reading part of the program will include Marilyn Nelson and her artist-collaborator Holly Brigham, along with Warren Lehrer and China Marks. Marilyn Nelson is an American poet, translator, and children’s book author. She is a professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut and the former poet laureate of Connecticut. Her award-winning poetry collections The Homeplace (Louisiana State University Press), and The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected Poems (Louisiana State University Press), were both finalists for the National Book Awards. Her collaborator, Holly Brigham is a figurative painter who creates mythical allegories of contemporary and historical subjects. Her paintings have won awards at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Lancaster Art Association, and for watercolor at the Harrisburg Art Association. China Marks earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis. Marks has won numerous fellowships, grants, and awards, most recently a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2017 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2013.

Registration deadline – October 31, 2018

Registration fee – $45

(Includes catered lunch)

Rutgers faculty and staff –$15

Return registration form and payment:

Jill Morrow

James Dickson Carr Library Administration 75 Avenue E

Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040

Checks should be payable to:  

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


Archibald S. Alexander Library

169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Alexander Library is located at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in central New Jersey and is easily acces-sible by car and rail (New Brunswick train station). Free parking is available.


For more information on directions or parking, please call Michael Joseph at 848-932-6163 or email