The Oboler Library, one of the stops for the 2019-20 traveling book arts exhibit called “Idaho Booker’s Dozen,” will host the exhibit during the month of September, 2019 in the 1st floor Art hallway.
“Idaho Booker’s Dozen” is the result of a biennial juried competition held by Idaho Center for the Book’s Stephanie Bacon. According to the first “Booker’s Dozen” exhibit catalog, “Books may be nontraditional codex-format works, such as accordion fold, rivet, spiral or ring-bound, loose-leaf/boxed, sculptural or die cut books. They may be traditionally bound codices with ‘eccentric’ features, such as pop-ups, folded pages, inserts, pull-tabs, or volvelles. Or they may be conventionally bound books made with or containing unconventional materials or artifacts." The 17 books in this year’s exhibit represent many of those forms, and display a fascinating level of imagination and creativity.
The books selected for this exhibit were created by artists in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Michigan, Kansas, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and of course, Idaho.