Herron Art Library - Artists' Books Collection

Carol Schwartzott
Kimono Kosode, 2001

Bonnie Stahlecker
Marking Time, 1997 

Lois Morrison
The Yellow Goat, 2001

Julie Chen
Personal Paradigms, 2003


Julie Chen
The Veil, 2002


Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Summer at the Beach, 2005



Video of our Artists' Books Collection, part 1


What are Artists' Books? 

They can include books that are entirely handmade or mass-produced.  The key distinction is that artists' books are made or designed by artists with the intention of the book being the art object, as a means to share with others.  There are variations on this concept, with some artists more focused on the content of the book, while others make the form and material of the book their art.

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Artists' Books from the Herron Art Library part 2

Our Collection:  We have approximately 400 fine press and artists' books in the collection, including several books by prominent book artists Julie Chen, Rebecca Goodale, Lois Morrison, Carol Schwartzot, Bonnie Stahlecker, Karen Baldner, and Paul Brown. We believe that providing our faculty and students with examples of book arts will greatly enhance the quality of education at Herron School of Art and Design.

How to Access the Collection:  The collection is accessible to faculty, students, and non-affiliated visitors during operating hours. It is best to let us know ahead of time what you would like to see. Use IUCAT to search for a particular work, or browse a list of our collection. To browse, leave the search boxes blank, choose Indpls- Herron Art Library in the Library drop-down menu, and Herron Library- Artists' Books in the Location menu. Then hit the search button.

Whether viewing the books on your own or with a class, we ask that you arrive with freshly washed hands and to not use pens near the books.


Jean Buescher

I was on my way up the stairs to see you, 2001

Last updated by jsowls on 03/29/2012