MT. VERNON — A unique sculpture planned at Cedarhurst will give area residents the chance to be a part of art.Rusty Freeman, the museum director of visual arts, is inviting people of Jefferson County and the area to loan one or more books to be used in an art sculpture."Our goal is to borrow approximately 1,000 books, which artist Franklin "Buzz" Spector will use to create an original art installation in the Mitchell Museum's Beal Grand Corridor Galler," Freeman stated. "The books will not be harmed and will be reclaimed by the owners at the end of the exhibition in July."The book art sculpture is an extension of the Main Gallery exhibition, Brave New World: The Art of the Book in the Digital Age. Spector, as well as several other artists, is featured in the two-part exhibit, which opened Feb. 24. The exhibition will be in hiatus May 5 through May 18 and re-open May 19 through July 21."Buzz Spector is perhaps one of the most renowned book artists working today," Freeman said. "Since the late 1970s, he has explored the world of books, creating memorable installations that expand our definitions of art, language and culture."Spector is the dean of the Collage and Graduate School of Art and the Jane Reuter Hitzemand and Herbert F. Hitzeman Jr. Professor of Art for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.Books will be collected through May 19 at the Mitchell Museum reception desk during regular visitor hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The size of the books must be no smaller than 8 inches by 5 inches and no larger than 11 inches by 8 inches and be labeled with the owners name and contact information. To commemorate lenders' participation in the project, each book will be returned with an artful book plate designed by Spector.In addition to lending books for the art project, the public is also welcome to watch the creation of the art sculpture which is scheduled to take place May 21 through May 24. For more information about the artist, visit www.buzzspector.com.Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, located at 2600 Richview Rd., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the grounds, Sculpture Park and many of the exhibits is free. The current exhibition is free for members of Cedarhurst, and $5 for non-members. Admission is free each Thursday for all visitors.
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