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W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘The Book Expanded: Language, Art, Form’ The lecture is free and open to the public.

book-arts W&L’s Staniar Gallery Presents ‘The Book Expanded: Language, Art, Form’Daniel Mayer; Schrift/werk; 2007; origami artist’s book relief printed from photopolymer plates, collagraph, Plexi-glass covers, image transfer process, and gold leaf; created at the Glasgow Print Workshop; 4×6 inches

Washington and Lee University’s Staniar Gallery presents “The Book Expanded: Language, Art, Form,” curated by Claudia Smigrod, W&L visiting instructor of art. The exhibition will be on display from Feb. 12 through March 20. Participating artist Daniel Mayer will give a public lecture on March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Concert Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In “The Book Expanded: Language, Art, Form,” Smigrod explores the artistic medium of book arts through content-driven works that reflect our social and cultural landscape. Her selections from Arizona State’s Pyracantha Press and the oeuvres of book artists Daniel Mayer and John Risseeuw span over 30 years of creative activity in this area of expression. Mayer is the director of Pyracantha Press in the School of Art at Arizona State University, where he publishes collaborative limited-edition books and prints. Arizona State University professor emeritus Risseeuw taught book art, printmaking and papermaking for 40 years. He founded the Pyracantha Press, the book art imprint of ASU, in 1982 and his own Cabbagehead Press in 1972.

Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in W&L’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please call 540-458-8861.