Guild of Book Workers Centennial Celebration - Symposium and Exhibition
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GUILD OF BOOK WORKERS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS!
The Guild of Book Workers is pleased to announce in honor of its 100th
anniversary a Centennial Celebration in New York City, October 12-14, 2006.
The main celebration will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine in
their handsome building on Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street and Central Park.
Their facilities are perfectly suited for the event, with a proper
auditorium that seats 500, and two large, bright rooms with windows
overlooking the Park for the Vendor's Room. A historical symposium on "The
Art of the Book in America" will be held there on Friday, October 13 and
Saturday, October 14. Invited speakers and regional reports will showcase
the excellent work done on this continent during the 20th century:
calligraphy, marbling, binding, and conservation from coast to coast.
On Thursday afternoon, October 12, an Opening Reception will be held at the
Grolier Club at 60th Street and Park Avenue to view the Guild's 100th
Anniversary Exhibition, which will include both a Retrospective Exhibition
and a juried Current Exhibition. On Saturday evening, October 14, the
celebratory Banquet will be a dinner-cruise on the "Spirit of New York,"
including a boat ride on the Hudson with the Statue of Liberty and the
skyline of New York on view. Additional attractions will include a vendor's
room at the New York Academy of Medicine as well as the many museums and
libraries of New York: the Metropolitan Museum, the Morgan Library, the New
York Public Library, the Center for the Book Arts, and others. Tours and
events are still in the planning stage, please check the Centennial website
for up-to-date information.
The conference registration form will available online beginning May 1,
2006. Check the Centennial webpage
<www.palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw/centennial.shtml> for further
information and up-to-date schedules. Housing and transportation information
will be available online. There will be an airline conference rate.
The Guild of Book Workers is the national organization in the United States
for all the book arts. It was founded in New York City in 1906 to "establish
and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the
several hand book crafts." Among its early members were well-known
artist-craft workers. Today, the Guild is almost 1000 members strong, and
embraces all the book arts - from binding to printing to marbling to
calligraphy; from the traditional to the avant-garde. Our members come from
across the United States and around the world.
The Guild still believes, as did its founders, that there is a
responsibility among civilized people to sustain the crafts involved with
the production of fine books. Its members hope to broaden public awareness
of the hand book arts, to stimulate commissions of fine bindings, and to
stress the need for sound book conservation and restoration.
The Guild of Book Workers is governed by an elected group of volunteers who
serve as officers, committee chairs and chairs of the regional chapters. In
1978 the Guild became incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in New
York State and is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3)
of the Internal Revenue Code.
Events in summary:
Registration begins May 1, 2006. The registration form will be online
Thursday, October 12: An Opening Reception for the Centennial Exhibition
at The Grolier Club. The exhibition features both a Retrospective Exhibition
and a Contemporary Exhibition.
Friday and Saturday, October 13 -14: Centennial Symposium: "The Art of the
Book in America, 1906-2006" at the New York Academy of Medicine
Saturday, October 14: Centennial Celebration Dinner Cruise: See the
skyline of New York and the Statue of Liberty on the "The Spirit of New
York" while toasting the anniversary of the Guild and visiting friends and
Vendor Room at the New York Academy of Medicine.
Lab tours and visits at NY museums
For up-to-date details, check the GBW website:
<palimpsest.stanford.edu/byorg/gbw >. Events are still being organized.
Please check the website for the most up-to-date information.
Please plan to join us to celebrate the Guild of Book Workers' 100th
Questions? Please contact Eric Alstrom, Guild of Book Workers Publicity
Publicity Chair & WebBinder
Guild of Book Workers