Mayor Ralph Becker presented the Book Arts Program of the J. Willard Marriott Library with the “Service to the Arts by an Organization” award on Friday, June 24, at the Utah Arts Festival. The award was presented to Marnie Powers-Torrey, managing director of the program and Red Butte Press curator.
The Book Arts Program combines the technical expertise for creating books with the creative aesthetics of fine art. Its goal is to inspire rare book preservation by training students in a fully equipped studio to use typeface, bookbinding, photo engraving and other techniques to create works of art that are also books. Classes are available to University of Utah students, K-12 students, teachers and community members, as well as to bookbinders, printers and book artists. In addition to creating artists’ books, students also tackle the academic question of what constitutes a book and how art plays a role in that discussion. For more information go to http://www.lib.utah.edu/collections/book-arts/