Mills Library to Host Book Art Exhibit Featuring Innovative Work of Julie Chen

Oakland, CA–March 11, 2016

The Mills College library will host a book art exhibit of three-dimensional and movable book structures by artist and Mills Professor Julie Chen, March 28 through May 31.

The exhibit, Reading the Object: A Decade (or so) of Books by Julie Chen, will include 14 pieces and will span the last 10 years of her work. An opening reception is set for April 10.

One of the most important book artists working today Chen is a Mills alumna and faculty member whose books are collected by the F.W. Olin Library.

On her book art web site, Chen says she likes to challenge preconceived ideas of what a book is and “provide a meaningful experience through the presentation of my own text and imagery in a purposefully structured format.”

Coinciding with the exhibit, the Mills College Center for the Book and Chen’s Flying Fish Press are co-publishing a catalogue of Chen’s work called Reading the Object: Three Decades of Books by Julie Chen, set to be released in April. The catalogue includes all of Chen’s book art and essays by Mills Professor of Book Arts Kathleen Walkup and University of Washington Book Arts and Rare Books Curator Sandra Kroupa.

Chen is a 1989 graduate of Mills College and an associate professor of book arts. She has been teaching at Mills since 1996. Her areas of professional interest include traditional and experimental bookbinding, artists, books and letterpress printing.

Reception and Artist Presentation
Sunday April 10, 2016
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Heller Rare Book Room, F.W. Olin Library, Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
This event is free and open to the public