During the Spring 2018 semester, the students of Art 137: Artists' Books & Social Justice seminar course at Scripps College studied artists' books that presented social justice issues under the direction of Professor Tia Blassingame. The class crafted questions to ask the following artists and booksellers:- Ganzeer- the Spring 2018 Frederic W. Goudy lecturer, Radha Pandey- the Fall 2017 Frederic W. Goudy lecturer, Maria Verónica San Martín, Jesse Goldstein, Malaya Tuyay, and Marshall Weber- the co-founder of Booklyn in Brooklyn, New York. The class curated the Book Arts & Social Justice exhibition at Scripps College’s Denison Library February 27 to March 19, 2018.

This exhibit featured print and bookworks that explore a wide range of social justice topics. The final project of the semester focuses on a collaborative, letterpress project.

Thanks to the participating artists for making themselves available for student interviews; Ashley Sanders Garcia, Director of Digital Research Studio for Digital Humanities training and support; Interim Librarian Susan Allen and Dorran Boyle for their support of the Art 137 course and sharing the artists' books featured in the exhibit; Morgan Stewart and Lydia Saylor for their help with mailings and exhibition and final project preparations.

Please also take the time to visit Social Justice & Social Practice in Book Arts and Of Color: Race and Identity in Artists' Bookstwo digital archives created by students in Art 137 during other semesters.