Pyramid Atlantic has selected an esteemed panel of jurors for the Book Arts Fair. Carol A. Beane & Michael Platt, Mark Dimunation, and Krystyna Wasserman will award a purchase package to an exhibitor of their choice at the Nov. 16th Preview Party. Special thanks to our jurors for lending their expertise to award the prizes.
Jury Awards Purchase Package
2012 Book Arts Fair Jurors
Carol A. Beane
Ms. Beane has always been intrigued with the possibilities of integrating poetry with the visual arts. Collaborations with artist Michael B. Platt have produced artists’ books of image and poetry which are in both national and international private and public collections, such as Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NWMA), the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Yale University Art Museum. Carol was a participant in DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick’s Poets-In-Progress program, and also received the 24th Larry Neal Award for Poetry for her work in the Elmina/Cape Coast broadsides. Streets of used to be—in collaboration with artist Reneé Stout—was awarded the NWMA Library Fellows Book Arts Award in 2009.
Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
Since 1998, Mr. Dimunation has developed and managed the Library of Congress’s Rare Book Collection, the largest of its kind in North America. His previous position was with Cornell University, serving as Curator of Rare Books and Associate Director for Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. He started his specialty of rare books as the Assistant Chief of Acquisitions at the University of California’s Bancroft Library. He specializes in 18th and 19th century English and American printing and works with antiquarian materials as well as fine press and contemporary artists books. He has lectured extensively about book collections and has authored exhibition catalogs, including a recent study of Andrew Dickson White as a 19th century book collector. Mr. Dimunation is a member of the Grolier Club, IFLA, and the ESTC Board and is currently Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of ACRL/ALA.
Michael B. Platt
In the last 15+ years Michael’s artwork has explored digital imagery and book art collaborations with his wife Carol A. Beane. His art has dealt with issues of slavery, loss, separation, imprisonment, abandoned spaces, celebrations, and rituals. His figurative images represent life’s survivors, referencing history—in particular, that of the African Diaspora—as in the Katrina series, and the Underground Railroad. In 2007 the prestigious Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Award recognized the excellence of Platt’s art. Mr. Platt’s two most recent solo exhibitions were June/July of 2012 in the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Syndicate Gallery, Sydney, Australia. Platt teaches Digital Photography and Digital Printmaking at Howard University in Washington, DC. His artwork is represented by International Visions—The Gallery.
Curator of Book Arts for the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA)
Ms. Wasserman has curated over 30 book art exhibitions during her career at NMWA, where she also served as Director of the Library and Research Center from 1987-2002 and Librarian from 1982-1987. She organized the major exhibition Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books at NMWA (October 27, 2006 – February 4, 2007) and wrote the accompanying catalogue. Many of her past exhibitions of children’s book illustrations have received national media attention. Ms. Wasserman is also a member of NMWA’s Library Fellows, a program that she developed to support the creation of artists’ books. She holds an MA in Art History form the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.L.S. from the Pratt Institute, and an MA in Journalism from Warsaw University, Poland.