Book artist to give maker presentation Sept 15

Book artist, professor and maker Steve Miller will explore the power of making things by hand in Making in a Digital World, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required. Miller’s presentation is sponsored by UW-Fond du Lac, where he will give his talk on campus the same day.

Fond du Lac native Miller will explore how a handmade object is different from receiving information on cellphones and computers. How does a person connect the whole body, mind and soul to something as simple as a book? What are the challenges of living in a world that seems intent on delivering predigested data to complacent citizens?

The UW-Fond du Lac event is at 12:30 p.m. in room UC-114. The presentation is open to the public at no charge. Registration not required. For more information, call the campus at (920) 929-1100.

After studying at UW-Fond du Lac as one of its first group of students, Miller graduated from UW-Madison and went on to found Red Ozier Press in Madison in 1976, a fine press devoted to publishing handmade, limited edition books of contemporary poetics and art. In 1979, the press relocated to New York City, where he and Ken Botnick joined forces as press partners. Miller went to The University of Alabama in 1988 to teach letterpress printing and hand papermaking. He is professor and coordinator of the MFA in the Book Arts Program. His current Red Hydra Press work includes ongoing collaborative book projects with Cuban print- and papermakers. In 2012, Miller received the Distinguished Career Award from the College Book Art Association.

Miller has recorded an iTunes podcast series of interviews with book artists and poets, available here.


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