Geographies: New England Book Work presents new bookbinding and artist books by members of the Guild of Book Workers' New England chapter. Fine and design bindings in leather, paper, and cloth, alternative book structures, calligraphic manuscripts, and other works all connect to the show's theme of "New England" interpreted by the 26 entrants.

The exhibit includes classic regional texts, such as Elizabeth Curran's binding of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Gerritt VanDerwerker's binding of The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. More personal connections to the region appear in Susan Bonthron's Stones, Anne McLain's Place, and Laurie Whitehill Chong's Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining.

A number of works deal with New England history from a variety of perspectives, including an 1874 copy of the Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts bound by John Nove, and 28 Fort Square: What Charles Olson wrote on the window casings of his apartment in Gloucester, Massachusetts, an artist book by Rutherford Witthus. Nancy Leavitt's Plant Corridors, Penelope Hall's Wildflowers Around Tufts Pond, and Lindsley Rice's Some Plants Endemic to New England all explore some aspect relating to New England's natural world. While some books are the traditional representation of the codex form, Bexx Caswell's Mind Map and Graham Patten's Call Me Trimtab may give viewers new ideas of what a book might look like.

The exhibition will show in each New England state, opening at Rhode Island School of Design's Fleet Library on March 3, 2014. Then it moves onto University of Southern Maine, University of Vermont, Wiliams College in Massachusetts, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and ends its run in Fall of 2015 at Connecticut's Creative Arts Workshop.


Geographies Exhibition Catalog (pdf)


Exhibition Schedule:
Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI
 March 3 – May 31, 2014
Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME June 16 – August 22, 2014
Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT Sept. 8 – Dec.12, 2014
Williams College Library, Williamstown, MA January 12 - March 20, 2015
Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH April 6- August 21, 2015
Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT Sept. 16 - October 9, 2015
Please confirm dates with individual venues, as slight variations may be required.


The Guild of Book Workers, a national organization founded in 1906, brings together people interested in all the book arts, including bookbinding, book conservation, calligraphy, decorative paper, papermaking, and printing. The GBW publishes a newsletter and a peer-reviewed journal, hosts an annual Standards of Excellence Seminar, mounts a triennial juried exhibition, and maintains a library open to members. Guild members may choose to join any of ten regional chapters regardless of where they reside. The New England Chapter, of about 180 members, organizes programs within the region, such as lectures, workshops, and exhibitions. For more information about the exhibit please contact the Exhibitions Coordinator at or Todd Pattison at For more information about the New England chapter visit, and the GBW: