Thursday, January 20, 2022
Collection of books

Explore the exciting world of Spanish book arts through the lens of Julie Leonard and Karen Carcia—creators of the Book Arts Research Database—through a special exhibit entitled "Iowa Bibliophiles - "Hidden Collections: Artist Books in Spanish and South American Indigenous Languages." In a virtual talk on Wednesday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m., Julia Leonard and Karen Carcia, along with Spanish creative writing graduate students Mariana Tejeda and Camila de Urioste Laborde, will share and discuss an exhibit of books written primarily in Spanish and curated and installed in the Special Collection & Archives' Reading Room, located on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. Over 100 books were described and photographed for the database, including books featuring pop-up elements, handmade paper, innovative bindings, and feats of printing. 

In coordination with the "Hidden Collections" exhibit, the UI Center for the Book will also host a lecture and demonstration with visiting artist Sol Rébora. Rébora will conduct a talk and open discussion on her work in design binding entitled “Design Methods and Process in Contemporary Binding” on Friday, February 11, with a lecture at 11:00 a.m., followed by a demonstration at 2:00 p.m. in 2032 of the University of Iowa Main Library. Attendees are also invited to attend virtually via Zoom. 


Sol Rébora is a renowned design binder working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a well-recognized practitioner, receiving awards both in Argentina and abroad. Her work encompasses innovative and experimental work in designer binding and contemporary conservation methods. She studied with Deborah Evetts, Monique Lallier, Pascale Therond, Edwin Heim, and Sün Evrard, among other teachers, and participated in the Society of Bookbinders-Education Training International Conferences in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009. She currently works and teaches courses out of her studio in addition to giving lectures and workshops at centers including the SF Center for the Book. 

This exhibit and lecture have been made possible by a Major Projects Award from International Programs. Major Project Awards are supported by the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization.

If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Elizabeth Riordan at or 319-384-2802.