Habitat: Artists’ Books

Featured image: “Confluent Septa” by Marc Snyder and Harvey Hix

Introduction from the exhibit curator, Mark E. Ritchie:

Words and images are at the core of books. As the curator of the 2022 annual Laramie County Library book arts exhibition, I paired artists and writers based on the imagery, themes, and sensibilities I had experienced in their writing or artwork. They were asked to explore the theme of “Habitat” with simple single page broadsides or folded folios. Each pair defined their work parameters and relationship. Most described their interactions as “conversations.”

Some works are literal and others metaphorical. Most ask viewers questions. A few works have classic illustration and text-block relationships while others challenge expectations of the relationship of words and images, use the folded page to communicate, and perhaps use other language – even sound. Is music a language? Through poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, artists and writers explored the relationship of the individual and the collective, human accountability, and human, animal, and environmental relationships. Several teams engaged the relationship of habitat and changing climate. Many tell stories of home, house, and dwelling.

Enjoy this artistic exploration of habitat, and the many manifestations it takes in these strikingly diverse works.

-Mark E. Ritchie, Curator
University of Wyoming Professor: Printmaking

This exhibit will be on display on the first floor of Laramie County Library from June 10 to August 21. 

Casey Gardner & David RomtvedtCerese Vaden & Ann Cummins
Ina Kaur & Nina McConigleyJoseph Lappie & Alyson Hagy
Kayla Clark & Winona LeónMarc Snyder & Harvey Hix
Maria Lee & Kate NorthropMark E. Ritchie & Zach Hively
Marnie Powers-Torrey & Val PextonNick Satinover & Taylor Ho Bynum
Ruth Jên Evans & Mihangel MorganSue Sommers & Matt Daly
Artist and Writer Pairings:
Click on each pair listed above to learn more about their artist book and to view their statements, biographies, and websites.
Featured Event:

Habitat: Conversation with the Curator 
Wednesday, July 6
6–8pm
Join Habitat: Artists’ Books curator Mark Ritchie for a conversation about the art and artists through a guided tour of the exhibit. Enjoy refreshments and mingle in celebration of the library’s annual book arts exhibit!      
(Adults; Willow Room)