-- The Museum of Art at The University of Southern Mississippi
will host an opening reception from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 18 for the nationally
touring "50 Books/50 Covers." The exhibit features a collection
of book designs on loan from the American Institute of Graphic Arts
(AIGA) in New York City.
were prepared for press runs for books with a distribution market
of less than 1,000 copies to works printed for the masses. Titles
and subjects of these book covers range from the familiar to the
more obscure, like Charles M. Shultz's "Peanuts" printed
in Japan to a copy of contemporary American photographs.
AIGA has held
a design competition for excellence in book design and production
since 1922. Michael Bierut (Pentagram Design, New York) chaired
a jury to select this group of entries as outstanding examples of
design communications produced in 2000. The exhibition has traveled
throughout the United States and has been documented recently in
"365: AIGA Year in Design," the organization's newly reconceived
annual design compendium.
AIGA executive director, said the AIGA exhibition is their most
popular exhibition. "We can only surmise that its popularity
results from the respect designers have for those who advance the
disciplined dimensions that designing books demands," Grefé
House, a professor of art at Southern Miss, sees this exhibition
as a "great opportunity for our students to see a wide range
of design applications."
fortunate to have such a relevant and current body of works at the
university," House said. "Anyone interested in design
could benefit from seeing these works that are on the cutting edge
of the profession."
will be on view through Nov. 7 at The University of Southern Mississippi
Museum of Art, located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest
corner of the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free. The hours are
from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
School and community groups are encouraged to attend. Call (601)
266-5200 for more information.