What I mean by small press publishing is less about self-publication and more about fine press, small press --

lie a beautiful new chapbook I just received from Betsy Andrews, published by Sardines Press.

The Los Angeles Book Arts Center, the Southern California Chapter of the Art Libraries Society and Otis Laboratory Press invite you to a talk by Keith Smith and Scott McCarney.

This free lecture, the third in LABAC's "My Life in Books" series, will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Otis College of Art & Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045. Opening reception 7 pm, talk to begin promptly at 7:30 pm. Parking is free.

Keith Smith has made 223 books since 1967. Forty-four of these have been self-published, including nine bookmaking: Structure of the Visual Book, Text in the Book Format, and Non-Adhesive Binding Volumes I, II, III, IV and V, Bookbinding for Book Artists, and 200 Books. Smith has received two Guggenheim Fellowships as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock/Krasner Foundation and a Pilot Fine Art Still Photography Grant. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Library of Congress; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

Scott McCarney is an artist and designer based in Rochester, New York. He received an MFA in photography from the University of Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop in 1983. Since then, his art has found its home primarily in the book form. His one-of-a-kind books, both offset and small edition, can be found in many library and special collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Yale's Arts of the Book Collection in New Haven, Connecticut. His work is shown internationally in group and solo exhibitions in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne, Australia and Budapest, Hungary and in galleries and spaces closer to home such Hallwalls in Buffalo, New York and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been an artist-in-residence at Light Work, Syracuse, New York; the Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.; University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine; and the International Studio Program in New York City. His awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Mid-Atlantic Regional Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

Keith and Scott have been co-teaching book workshops for over 10 years in university and college settings such as RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York, as well as in art centers and binding guilds throughout the world.

The Los Angeles Book Arts Center is a creative, intellectual and technical resource for artists, collectors, dealers, curators and all individuals interested in the book and paper arts. It is the center's mission to serve as a network and clearinghouse for information, education and resources. This is being accomplished through networking, workshops, lectures, publications, exhibitions and outreach. Our commitment is to build a strong community as well as to further individual pursuits in the book and paper arts.

The Los Angeles Book Arts Center (LABAC) was founded in September 2002. Open meetings, hosted lectures, classes and continuous online discussion groups all contribute to building a strong book arts community in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Book Arts Center offers the broadest possible range of classes in the book arts, drawing and calligraphy, paste papers and monoprints, book structures of all types, cases and boxes, and everything between and beyond.

For additional information on this lecture or the Los Angeles Book Arts Center, please contact Lisa Deutsch at (310) 657-2616 or LAGourmet@aol.com. Please visit our website at www.LABookArts.com.


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