This year marks the third graduating class out of the Master of Book Arts program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday I drove downtown with friend and artist Raya Bodnarchuk to view the graduates’ thesis exhibition and to hear their defense presentations. It’s the largest graduation class yet with nine students participating, which made for an exciting and varied show.
Accordion books, wall-mounted pieces and sculptural installations were included. After everyone had a chance to view the exhibit, we proceeded to the auditorium for presentations on each student’s body of work. Themes ranged from Maria Riutort’s Memory and Landscape about the human rights violations in her native Chile, to Marjorie Devereux’s very personal Visual Autobiography and Elizabeth Curren’s Artist’s Books and Children’s Books.
The exhibition will be up through May 19th in the Corcoran’s Rotunda Gallery, so if you have an interest in the book arts it’s a show that’s definitely worth seeing.