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About the Project

20 Collaborations In Book Art III, 2018

Since the first iteration of 20 Collaborations in Book Art in 2014, the collaborative process has been expanded in a unique and wonderful way. I am still the driving force behind the project, working
closely with the 30 selected artists to produce one of a kind artist books. In most of the finished works, I have been responsible for the binding, custom enclosures, as well as contributing some of the visual art.

However, in this third and final round, I wanted to broaden the idea of collaboration to include pairings between creators that didn't involve me directly, especially when nascent collaborative ideas started to
include media in which I have no expertise, such as carpentry or light installation.

Because this is the final installment of 20 Collaborations in Book Art, I invited artists from the first and second rounds along with the new group increasing the collaborations to 28. There are 28 one-of-a-kind
artist books in this exhibit and over 36 artists involved in producing the works.

Each and every participant truly embraced the spirit and the ultimate goal of the project, to bring book art to a wider audience as well as demonstrate the creative potential within all artists to utilize the book
form. The resulting 28 works challenge us to not only define what an artist book is, but how visual, literal, and personal narratives can be explored.

This exhibit represents over one year of work and collaboration. It challenged all involved and forced each and every one of us out of our comfort zone. The 20 Collaborations in Book Art I, II, and III project has taken place over the past six years and involved over 75 artists, designers, and creatives.
- Britt E. Stadig

 
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Project Credits

Liz Coleman ... Gallery Director
Amanda McCadams, McCadams Creative ...Website Design and Development
Mark Mosrie, Mark Mosrie Photography ... Photographer
Nashville Public Library ...Venue
Scott Thom ... Assistant Project Manager
Jaron Jackson … Graphic Design

Special Thanks from Britt

To all artists for their beautiful work, willingness to agree to be a participant in my crazy project, and the trust they placed in me during our yearlong collaboration.

To the Nashville Public Library for affording me a venue to showcase 20 Collaborations in Book Art III for the third and final time! It was a wonderful 6-year partnership.

To the gallery director, Liz Coleman, for trusting whole-heartedly that the resulting work would be amazing.

To Amanda McCadams, a partner from day one. This exhibit could not be complete without her outstanding design and production of the 20 Collaborations in Book Art website. There are no words to accurately reflect my gratitude…

To Mark Mosrie for his time and talents as the photographer of works produced. Mark opened his studio to us and labored over each and every artist book to document the full experience each book affords.

To Scott Thom for his support and project assistance throughout the past six years. I could not have pulled this off without him.

To the amazing Musea Lab, Tim Brown, Howard Barlow, Jeff Cleveland, Dylan Smith, and Bonnie and Robert Stadig for their outstanding artistic contributions to the project. Their talents and skills elevated this exhibit.

A special thank you to The Frist Art Museum for generously lending case work for the exhibit.