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Artist Explores Book Art in the Digital Age

Published on October 2, 2013

Renowned artist and printmaker Lynne Avadenka will present a free, public lecture, titled “On The Making of Many Books,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Seibert Hall’s Isaacs Auditorium.Lynne Avadenke In keeping with Susquehanna’s 2013 University Theme, “Technology in Our Lives,” Avadenka will discuss book art in the digital age, and address how the philosophical and physical presence of the book has influenced her as a printer of limited-edition artists’ books and as an artist working in a variety of media.

An established book artist from Detroit, Avadenka has operated a one-woman press for 25 years. Her work considers both ancient and new texts, often incorporating old scripture and traditional themes into modern and abstract compositions. Her work also examines the value of handmade and digital books.

This year, Avadenka served as a visiting fellow in the University of Michigan’s Humanities Institute. In 2011, she was one of four inaugural fellows of the American Academy in Jerusalem. In 2010, Avadenka was invited to participate in a Factory/Artist Exchange at Bullseye Glass Co. in Portland, Ore. She was awarded a Kresge Fellowship in 2009, and has received individual artist grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council on Art and Cultural Affairs.

Avadenka’s work is exhibited widely, and is in the permanent collections of such select institutions as The Hague, The Library of Congress, The British Library in London, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The New York Public Library, The Jewish Museum of New York, and The Detroit Institute of Arts. Her work is also displayed in the corporate collections of General Motors, Doubleday Publishing and Compuware.

Avadenka’s visit to Susquehanna University is sponsored by the Department of English & Creative Writing, the Writers Institute, the Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Art, the University Theme Committee and the Speakers’ Fund.

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