Cathleen Miller to present "Artist’s Books as Teaching Tools” at USM’s Summer Book Arts Exhibition

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August 28, 2017

Cathleen Miller, M.A., M.L.S., curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection, will present a lecture in conjunction with the University of Southern Maine’s Summer Book Arts Exhibition, titled “Artist’s Books as Teaching Tools.”

The lecture will be held Monday, September 11, at 4 p.m., at USM’s Glickman Family Library (University Events Room, 7th floor) at 314 Forest Avenue in Portland. Following the lecture, there will be an exhibition reception from 5 to 6 p.m. on the 6th floor, near Special Collections. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

Miller’s lecture will focus on the potential and power of the artist’s book to engage students from many disciplines to think about how content and form influence one another. This form challenges our notions of what makes a book, what constitutes readership, and how we construct narratives, says Miller. All of these attributes create pathways to interdisciplinary discussions, making the artist’s book an innovative tool for teaching in the liberal arts, she explains.

Miller will provide examples from her own work with classes at the University of New England and other local universities and will highlight the vibrant collection of artists’ books held by the Maine Women Writers Collection on UNE’s Portland Campus.

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