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The Past as Present: Making Art from Ephemera


November 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room, Bailey/Howe Library

Book artist Maureen Cummins will talk about her career and how it evolved from digging in dumpsters and searching flea markets to being a visiting artist in research archives. She will show slides from book projects based on historical subject matter such as slave narratives, turn-of-the-century homosexual love letters, the Salem witch trials, and the Triangle Factory Fire. Using found printed matter and historical research, her works look at the past in new, and sometimes challenging, ways.

Maureen Cummins is a New York-based artist who has produced over thirty limited edition artist’s books during the last two decades. Her work is represented in more than 100 public collections. UVM Special Collections has an especially extensive collection, with 28 of her books. Cummins has been an artist-in-residence at Weir Farm and the American Antiquarian Society. She has received numerous awards, including the Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair Critics Award (2008) and the Pollock Krasner Award (2009). Her book Accounting (shown above), produced on the centennial anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire, was awarded a special recognition of merit in the 2013 MCBA Prize competition.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, email uvmsc@uvm.edu or call 656-2138.


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