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Released September 10, 2003

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HATTIESBURG -- 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.

These designs 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.

Richard Grefé, 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 said.

Locally, John 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."

"We are 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."

The exhibition 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.



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April 20, 2004 4:48 PM