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Exhibition Reception and talk for "40 Years of Work: Peter and Donna Thomas"

40 Years of Work: Peter and Donna Thomas, Exhibition Reception and talk

We are very fortunate to be joined by Peter and Donna Thomas who will be on hand for a reception to accompany the exhibition of their work, followed by a talk about their careers and their work.

Light refreshments will be served.

5:30PM, Wednesday, September 6th - Reception and viewing time
6PM, Talk

All are welcome.

The University of Iowa Special Collections is home to the archives of Peter and Donna Thomas, a selection of which is on display on the Special Collections gallery on the third floor of the Main Library until September 13, 2017.

Peter and Donna, book artists from Santa Cruz, California, started their business in 1977. They completed their first book, “The Three Cedars,” in 1978. 2017-18 marks their 40th anniversary, which will be celebrated in libraries across the country with retrospective shows displaying from those libraries own holdings. The University of Iowa Special Collections is home to their archives, a selection of which is on display until September 13, 2017.

Donna and Peter make their own paper, letterpress print or hand render the texts, illustrate, and hand-bind their books themselves. They make both edition and one-of-a-kind books that combine the precision of the fine press aesthetic with the structural exploration and artistic creativity found in contemporary artists’ books.

Beginning in August of 2017 Donna and Peter will be traveling as “Wandering Book Artists” to visit those shows. They will also be meeting with community-based and academic book arts classes, teaching book arts workshops, and working with fellow book and paper artists to create collaborative artworks. They keep a blog documenting their travels and conversations as wandering book artists which you can find at:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

University of Iowa Main Library, Special Collections Reading Room
125 West Washington St. Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Event Type

Arts/Entertainment, Exhibit, Guest Speaker


Students, Alumni/Friends, Faculty/Staff, Everybody, Graduate Students, Community Members


University Libraries

General Interest

Arts Iowa, Art



Contact Name

Colleen Theisen

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