Monday, January 9, 2012

CIAO Gallery's Rocky Mountain Art Book Collection exhibit opens Jan. 13 in Jackson

From the CIAO Gallery (and thanks for the plug, CIAO):

CIAO Gallery is proud to announce the exhibition opening for The Rocky Mountain Art Book Collection. The exhibition will take place January 13, 5-8 p.m., in the lobby of the Center for the Arts in Jackson. The Art Association of Jackson was kind enough to host the event in their space. This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Wyoming Arts Council.

The Rocky Mountain Art Book Collection is an exhibition project where the participants received a blank art book (8.5x5.5, 20 pgs) to do whatever they please artistically over the last four months. All forms of mediums were welcomed and encouraged and there were no eligibility requirements. This project was not a juried competition (similar to events CIAO has hosted in the past) and it’s not just for artists, it’s for anyone. This project was intended be localized to communities but was also open to applicants internationally.

We received local, national and international entries, including entries from France and Argentina. It has been like Christmas as the books slowly trickle in. Each book thus far is completely unique and inspiring. So far there is a collection of 60 books that will remain on display in the lobby of the Center for the Arts for approximately 3 weeks . 

We aspire to keep the exhibition moving to other venues throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Next stop for this event will be Merlo Gallery in downtown Driggs. In fact, participants can still purchase artbooks from CIAO to participate in the exhibition in Merlo to take place in February. (Please see our website for more information).

CIAO received a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council to host this awesome event.

We currently have 1000, 8.5x5.5, 20 page notebooks available for purchase @ $25 per. Artists (or whomever) have until January 3rd to do whatever they want with these books (literally, anything you want in any medium). After completion, artists send the books back to us to be exhibited at the Center for the Arts. You can fill out a form online here:

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