MIMB II: International traveling exhibition of object-books opens the 2013–14 gallery season at Ohio Northern University
August—The Ohio Northern University gallery program opens its 2013–14 art exhibition and gallery season at the Elzay Gallery of Art with an international traveling show entitled, “Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books Project II.” Over 100 unique and subtly created object books are featured in the second version of MIMB. The exhibit runs September 3 through October 25.
This exhibition is coordinated by Hui-Chu Ying, professor of art at Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, and its main exhibition space, the Emily Davis Gallery.
Diversity is what this exhibition is all about. Materials ranged from handmade and rice paper, plastic to tea bags, wood blocks, and mailing envelops, and the techniques from letterpress, silkscreen, digital prints to collage, die-cut, and painting. The artists also represent seven different countries and cultures: United States, Canada, China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and Spain.
“I think the miniature book idea is really a great artform to serve as the basis for this economical traveling exhibition. Any artist can take on the challenge of scaling down thoughts, text, images, and materials to create a readable, workable small scale artist book that is a pleasure to handle, to read and to exhibit,” comments Hui-Chu Ying, associate professor of printmaking at Myers School of Art, who came up with the idea of this traveling exhibition two years ago when she created the first version of MIMB.
Cristina Rom, Library Director from Cleveland Institute of Art and one of MIMB II jurors, expresses that “the artists’ books genre started as an American and Western European art movement but is now international in scope, as artists from around the world are engaging with the book” and its multiple possibilities for artists and readers.
MIMB II has arranged three North American circuits and one international route, with the purpose of promoting the work of local artists to a wide range of audiences, venues, and cultures. New York, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, among others states, hosted this exhibition, starting simultaneously in July 2011 at Emily Davis Gallery, OH and Savannah College of Art and Design, GA. The international route began at the National Taiwan University of Art, followed by the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II is a collaborative and educational project that is possible thanks to the contributions of committed artists and the support of important institutions in the U.S. and internationally.
About the coordinators: Hui-Chu Ying and the Emily Davis Gallery
Hui-Chu Ying, associate professor, Myers School of Art, The University of Akron. She holds a MFA and MA from West Texas A&M State University. She also got a BA from San Jose State University, CA and a BS from Shih Chien College in Taiwan. Hui-Chu Ying’s work is a reflection of her concern with humanity’s suffering resulting from wars, disasters, disease and loss. She exploits all the possibilities of various media by combining painting, drawing, etching, screen-printing and collage, as well as others, in her work. She creates large-scale installations using drawings and prints on paper producing a space for meditation or communication.
The nationally known Emily Davis Gallery has a long history of presenting engaging exhibitions of emerging and established contemporary artists. It is the main visual, fine arts exhibition space of The University of Akron. The gallery is located in the center of Folk Hall which houses the Myers School of Art. The gallery is equipped to the level of museum quality lighting, HVAC, and security systems. Comprised of two, separate exhibition levels, the Emily Davis Gallery programs about 12 exhibitions every year. The exhibitions are curated by the director of the galleries, a faculty exhibitions committee, guest curators, and usually includes one all-faculty and one juried student exhibition per year.
May Hariri Aboutaam
Jesse Alan Brown
Addeane S. Caelleigh
Jesus De la Rosa
Leslie Edwards Humez
Juan Eizaguirre Diez
Sandra C. Fernandez
Ramon Freire Santa Cruz
Carlos G. Gomez
Jesus Herrero Jimenez
David B. Johnson
Sarojini Jha Johnson
Margaret Yuko Kimura
Sara Marie Miller
Carol Lynn Mitchell
Juan Carlos Ramos
Rodolfo Salgado Jr.
Shawn Kathleen Simmons
Jeff “JD” Dumire
Catherine M. Stewart
Denise E. Stewart
The main mission of MIMB is to encourage artists to create their own books to share with everyone. The exhibition is open to all artists who want to bring their monumental ideas and put them in miniature books… Many books have surprising and interest content confirming the old adage that one ought “not to judge a book by its cover.” A few books exude a beautiful sensibility throughout their pages. Some carry strong messages conveying issues dear to the artists. There are so many extraordinary ideas to be found in this collection. The varieties of materials the artists used are incredible. Few books are made from recycled materials and some in which the artists have reinvented their old works. What a perfect time to create artwork that is eco-friendly.
Hui-Chu Ying, Professor of Art
Myers School of Art, The University of Akron
Admission to the Elzay Gallery of Art is free and open to the public, daily from noon to 5 p.m. while school is in session. The Elzay Gallery of Art and gallery lobby is located on Gilbert Street on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The gallery is connected to the Wilson Art Center, the classroom-studio building that houses the department of art and design. For additional information, to schedule a tour, or to be placed on the arts exhibition mailing list, please contact the department of art & design at 419-772-2160 or email@example.com.
Originally designated as the School of Fine Arts and later the College of Fine Arts, the art & design program was first established as an independent academic unit at Ohio Northern in 1878, largely as an outgrowth of course work in engineering and architectural drawing. Today, Ohio Northern offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with majors in advertising design, art education, graphic design and studio arts with concentrations in two-dimensional, three-dimensional and pre-art therapy. The department of A&D holds memberships in national organizations such as the National Art Education Association, College Art Association, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, AIGA: The Professional Association for Design, and the National Council on Education of Ceramic Arts. The department is recognized in the second and third editions of “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers” as one of the best creative programs nationwide. For additional information about the department of art & design or the University’s 2013–14 Arts Exhibition Season, contact the department at 419.772.2160.