Distinguished Artists Series
MaryAnn L. Miller
Book Artist • Printmaker • Poet • Publisher
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Prallsville Mill, Stockton NJ
MaryAnn is an artist, poet and creates artist books. If you do not know about artist books you must come to the presentation. Each book is unique in that the book itself is a work of art. Like a sculpture you read. She is going to be discussing the making of handbound artist books. Showing examples. Talking about the process and materials used.
She will talk about her collaboration with poets to create some of the books she has produced. Her most recent was with Pew fellow and award winning poet, J.C.Todd, to create FUBAR. This book is a suite of sonnets written from the point of view of a female Air Force physician deployed to Iraq. This book is printed on Rives BFK paper in an accordian format. Miller created the monotypes laid over with serigraphy. She used combat paper for the book cover. Combat paper is made from shredded uniforms of veterans. The creation of this book alone is fascinating.
This is a chance to learn about and understand another art form.
MaryAnn L. Miller’s book of poems, Locus Mentis, is published by PS Books (2012.) Miller holds a BS in Art Education/English, M.Ed. in School Counseling, an MFA in Creative Writing (2011) and a Postgraduate semester with the poet David Wojahn at Vermont College of Fine Arts (2012). Her documentary essay on the printmaking of artist Willie Cole was published in The International Review of African American Art. Her poems have been published in Stillwater Review, Philadelphia Poets, Musehouse Journal, Kaleidoscope and others. Her poems, prints, and an interview were published in Wordgathering. Miller’s work is part of the anthologies “Dark as a Hazel Eye” from Ragged Sky Press and “Another Breath” Rathella Press.
Miller has held residencies in painting, printmaking and book arts at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Universidad Metropolitana Autonomia, Mexico City, University of Costa Rica, and the Ragdale Foundation. She has been the Resident Book Artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College since 2001. Her artist books are in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Special Collections at Bryn Mawr College; University of Iowa; Herron Art Library; Wesleyan University; Skillman Library, Lafayette College, William Paterson University, Lock Haven University, and Stanford University. She has designed and bound a book with the poet Nikky Finney now in the collection of President and Mrs. Obama. Miller is the Poetry Coordinator for the NJ Book Arts Symposium. She publishes hand bound artist books pairing artists and poets through her press: www.luciapress.com.
Artsbridge will hold it’s 23rd Annual Members’ Show at the historic Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ in February.
This exhibition showcases members’ art, whose work celebrates the energy of this river valley region. New members are welcome to join this non-profit organization of over 300 artists and writers. With no entry fee or sales commission, this show provides a great opportunity for area artists to show and sell their work. In addition to this exhibition, Artsbridge members enjoy many benefits throughout the year including: a “Distinguished Artist” lecture series, a plein-air painting group, discussion groups and more.
Interested artists can find more information about the organization and a prospectus for the exhibition at www.Artsbridgeonline.com. All new and current members are invited to submit one piece of art; delivery dates are Sunday, January 29, 12-3 p.m., and Monday, January 30, 4-7 p.m. All work ranging from oil, watercolor and pastel paintings, mixed media, photography and sculpture will be for sale. Members and the general public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite work of art, and the winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the show.
The opening reception for this event will be held on Saturday, February 4th from 2–5 PM (snow date: Feb. 11) at the historic Prallsville Mills in Stockton, New Jersey. The handsome structure where the exhibition will be held has been a long-time inspiration for the area’s artists. Additional show hours: Friday, February 3 and Sunday February 5, 12–5, and February 10–19 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12–5 p.m.