The Book as Art: Fine Press Books in the Goucher College Library

This exhibit represents the work of students who participated in Book Studies 383: The Art and History of the Book in fall 2018.   In collaboration with the staff of Goucher’s Special Collections and Archives, 16 students developed every aspect of this exhibition, from curating books from Goucher’s collection and conducting original research on these books to writing labels and brainstorming on strategies for the design and layout. The exhibition was advised by April Oettinger, Professor of Art History, and Tara Olivero, Curator, Special Collections and Archives.

The Book as Art highlights Fine Press books from the Goucher College Special Collections and Archives, which are widely known for the care and industry involved in their creation. Fine Press books go beyond containers of information to works of art that are pleasurable to own and behold.  The books on exhibit, dating from 1870 to 1970, exemplify the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19thcentury and the legacy of William Morris and his peers, who promoted hand-crafted design as the epitome of moral, “honest” living in an age of industrialization. 

This exhibit was made possible through the generous support of The Betty and Edgar Sweren Book Studies fund and the Peirce Center.



Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Athenaeum - Upper Level, Outside Special Collections and Archives 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204 USA

Event Type

Art, Public


Academic, Art & Art History, Book Studies, Administrative, Library

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