100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario

On Saturday, December 6, 2008, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) holds its 24th annual Book Arts Fair, where, in time for the holiday season, visitors can browse and purchase hand-printed and bound books, prints, artist multiples, handmade paper and cards, buttons, totes, letterpress posters and much more.

Fifty one book artists, printmakers, very small publishers, ‘zine’ makers, OCAD students, professional artists, letterpress printers, papermaking and printmaking suppliers, and cooperative print shops will all be on hand offering unique gifts, collectors items and other treasures. The OCAD Book Arts Fair is a long-running annual venue for showcasing book arts, a passionate, underground form of visual arts that has been growing in popularity.

"In a culture that increasingly sees the book as obsolete, artists are contemplating its role as an information vehicle,” remarked Book Arts Fair Co-founder and OCAD Printmaking program faculty George Walker. “The book has stood the test of time but will it survive the new information digital revolution? It must! See how artists meet the challenge of creating in the book format and addressing the issues of the role of books in our future."

In addition to the browsing the items for sale, visitors can tour OCAD’s five printmaking studios and check out our current students work. On display in the Great Hall is the work of our 2008 graduating printmakers PROOF “Print Thesis: Work in Progress. Proceeds from mounting the Fair, and from donations and the sale of raffle tickets support student book artists and printmakers in OCAD’s Printmaking program.

OCAD’s 24th Book Arts Fair
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 10 am to 5 pm
Ontario College of Art & Design
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Admission: pay-what-you-can / donation
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

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Added by adrienne.costantino on November 30, 2008