The MCBA Prize 2013 Jurors
Sarah Bodman is Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), University of the West of England, where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is also Programme Leader for the MA program in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the Bower Ashton campus. Bodman is the author of Creating Artists’ Books, and serves as editor of the Artist’s Book Yearbook, a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, and The Blue Notebook, a journal for artists’ books. She also lectures nationally and internationally, and coordinates the Artists’ Books Partnership-exhibition Programme to increase global awareness and appreciation for the book arts field.
Bodman’s own artists’ books are included in many international collections such as Tate Britain, the British Library and the V & A Museum, All Saints Library and Winchester School of Art, UK; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Yale Centre for British Art, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mills College and Rhode Island School of Design USA; Museum van het Boek and AKI (ArtEz) The Netherlands; Biblioteca Casanatense, Italy; Southern Cross University, Lismore and Institute of the Arts, Canberra, Australia.
Sandra Kroupa is Curator of Book Arts and Rare Books at the University of Washington Libraries. Kroupa’s career in Special Collections spans 44 years, working with book arts the entire time. Her experience in the field includes a bookbinding apprenticeship, experience with creating handmade paper and letterpress printing on her own C & P and Vandercook letterpresses, and instructing dozens of classes each quarter on aspects of book arts. Kroupa also lectures and writes on book arts topics. Her newest “toy” is an 1880s Reliance iron hand press that she uses to demonstrate early printing techniques in History of the Book classes. In her curatorial role, she oversees collections including 19th Century American Literature, 16th-21st Century Authors, historical Children’s Books, Costume and Textile History, History of Science, and Travel Literature, as well as a Book Arts Collection numbering over 21,000 items.
Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been shown in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA. Spector’s work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has been working in the format of artists’ books and editions since the mid-1970s.
Spector was a co-founder of WhiteWalls, a magazine of writings by artists, in Chicago in 1978, and served as the publication’s editor until 1987. Since then he has written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture, and has contributed reviews and essays to a number of publications, including American Craft, Artforum, Art Issues, Art on Paper, Exposure, and New Art Examiner. He is the author of The Book Maker’s Desire: Critical Essays on Topics in Contemporary Art and Artists’ Books (Umbrella Editions, 1995), and numerous exhibition catalogue essays, including Conrad Bakker: untitled mail order catalogue (Creative Capital, Inc., 2002) and Dieter Roth (University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1999).
Spector’s most recent recognition is the 2013 Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association, for his decades of engaged teaching, writing, artmaking and advocating for students. He has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2005), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1991), and three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Awards (1982, 1985, and 1991). He is Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.