Special Collections, Skillman Library, Lafayette College in Easton, PA has curated an exhibit around four New Jersey book artists. All of the book artists have either taken, taught workshops at Lafayette or are/were artists in residence for book arts projects under the direction of Curlee Holton at the Experimental Printimaking Institute or EPI as it is locally known. The exhibit curated by Diane Shaw, Director of Special Collections and Pamela Murray, Rare Book Cataloger/Project Archivist is entitled "Crossing the Delaware: Miller, Mitchell, Pisano and Riker" runs from February 1st through the end of May. One of the artists, Mary Ann Miller has a diverse background and brings to her book arts, a painterly approach along with her wonderful poetry. Trained as a painter, Mary Ann has had many exhibits of her outstanding paintings and came to book arts in 2000 at EPI. Along with her book arts she also has worked there assisting and eventually printing her own works. I have had the privilege to view many of Mary Ann's earlier works and can see the processes and philosophies that have informed her book arts practice. Her poetry has been published by PS Books of Philadelphia and is entitled "Locus Mentis" and continues to work at EPI as their artist in residence. In her own words: "MaryAnn L. Miller has been the Resident Book Artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College since 2001. Her work is in the National Museum of Women in the Arts and other special collections. Miller has curated book arts exhibitions and given accompanying workshops at SUNY Geneseo , Universidad Autonomia Metropolitano, Mexico City, University of Costa Rica, and the Noyes Museum of Stockton College, NJ. Miller has been a presenter and exhibitor at the NJ Book Arts Symposium, Rutgers, Newark, NJ. Her work encompasses the rudiments of human existence, our biological identities, who we are genetically and culturally. Also a poet, Miller is published in print and online journals, as well as her full-length book of poems: Locus Mentis. She publishes hand-bound artist’s books through www.luciapress.com." A very talented lady,artist and poet, indeed.
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Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!