Andrea Peterson
Anne Covell
Annwyn Dean
Bryan Kring
David Moyer
Elizabeth Boyne
Elizabeth Munger
Jenny Craig
Jessica Spring
Karen Zimmermann
Katherine Venturelli
Kunyoung Chang
Laura Ladendorf
Lisa Miles
Louisa Boyd
Marc Addison Brown
Marianne Dages
Mary Uthuppuru
Mary V. Marsh
Megan Adie
Meryl DePasquale
Michael Sharp
Mike Sonnichsen
Nanette Wylde
Poppy Dully
Richard Steiner
Sarah Langworthy
Sarah Smith
Stephanie Copoulos-Selle
Thomas Parker Williams
Tom Virgin
Turner Hilliker
Ugly Duckling Press


Welcome to the online catalog for The Printed Page exhibition, held at Abecedarian Gallery February 21 - April 5, 2014.

The exhibition features a broad range of both wall-works and book works that utilize hand-printed elements in their production. The works in the exhibition were selected by juror's Jessy Randall and Aaron Cohick.

Juror Remarks:

The exhibit features I’m the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, and I sometimes teach a course called The History and Future of the Book. One of the questions we ask in that class, over and over, is: what is a book? Jurying the Abecedarian show made me ask that question in a new way. I didn’t have to think about how something would be useful in teaching, or whether it would fit on a bookshelf, or how I would preserve it long-term; I could simply respond to the work of art as a viewer and a reader. This turned out to be a lot of fun, especially because I co-juried with Aaron Cohick, Printer at the Press at Colorado College, and got to see how he thinks about books and book arts. Frequently, he pointed out something in a work that I wouldn’t have seen on my own, like inking or stamping techniques.  I found something to appreciate in everything submitted to the exhibition and was sorry we couldn’t choose it all. The show we put together is, perhaps, a visual representation of the difficulty of defining bookness and the blurriness of the line between book and not a book.

Jessy Randall

Jessy & I had to consider the book-ness of the books and the broadside-ness of the broadsides (what makes a print a broadside?). We also had to take into account the printed-ness of their printing: how and why were these pieces printed? Does the printing play a critical role in determining the aesthetic and content of the piece? Ultimately our decisions about what to include covered a wide range of approaches to both form and content: from traditional “fine printing” to dirty “make-it-happen-printing,” text-based books & broadsides and image-based books & broadsides, book books and sculptural books, political books and personal books. Each of the selected pieces possesses a coherence as a whole, printed object, a complete and engaging work of art.

Aaron Cohick

to purchase or reserve work from the exhibit, please email

Alicia Bailey, Gallery Director