The Maier Museum of Art
at Randolph College

Current Exhibitions

112th Annual Exhibition – Back to Front: Artists’ Books by Women

Melissa J. Craig, (S)Edition, 2010, Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Melissa J. Craig, (S)Edition, 2010, cast and hand-shaped handmade abaca fiber paper, embellished with cotton rag pulp; dyes, wool. Courtesy of the artist.

Back to Front: Artists’ Books by Women features work by 39 artists and represents the diverse community of women in the United States creating in this genre. The exhibition presents expansive concepts of the book as art, in an array of formats and materials. Content and themes are wide-ranging as well, expressing beauty, outrage, hope, loss, humor.

Back to Front is also inspired by current unsettling trends that seem to vilify books in general. In conjunction with the exhibition, we are offering a range of engagements for our visitors to champion the book and academic freedoms, such as:

The Unapologetic Initiative, an ongoing interactive project that challenges societal expectations for women by addressing internal conditioning connected to female gender roles. A growing collection of phrases spotlights the need many women feel to apologize for not meeting pervasive societal expectations and challenges participants to consider their own relationship to this issue. By doing so, participants will contribute to an artist’s book which will document the project. A variety of project keepsakes will be available during the exhibition.

The Quarantine Public Library (QPL) is a collaborative project by Katie Garth and Tracy Honn. This repository of one-page books made by artists is published online for anyone to freely download, print and assemble—to keep or give away. The QPL titles transform from a printed piece of paper into a book through folding. Martha Chiplis, curator of the 112th Annual exhibition, chose 100 titles by women in the QPL to be displayed at the museum as part of the exhibition. Visitors can participate in the creation and installation of the Exhibition through the process of assembling the QPL books. People may also add to the QPL installation by leaving their own books in the format of the QPL one-page books.

Look for other book-making activities to pop-up throughout the run of the exhibition.

On view October 22, 2023, through April 11, 2024.

Back to Front: Artists’ Books by Women is curated by Martha Chiplis, in collaboration with Lyall Harris and Martha Kjeseth Johnson and was made possible by the generous support of Mary Gray Shockey, ’69.

Recent Acquisitions

Kayla Mohammadi, 'Heat of the Day'
Image: Kayla Mohammadi, Heat of the Day, 2018, oil and acrylic on panel, Gift in honor of Mary Gray Shockey ’69.

On view through March 17, 2024. This exhibition highlights a selection of works added to the permanent collection within the past five years. Primarily featuring paintings, photographs, and prints, Recent Acquisitions also showcases a ceramic piece, Convergence: Spirit World Army, 2022 by Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti Pueblo), acquired from our 111th Annual Exhibition.

Selections from the Permanent Collection

Edward Hopper, Mrs. Scott’s House, 1932, oil on canvas. Collection of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College houses an outstanding collection of American art, chiefly paintings, works on paper, and photographs dating from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Explore this chronological exhibition of artwork from the permanent collection, including works by artists such as Milton Avery, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, and more. Explore works on view >>


Image: Edward Hopper, Mrs. Scott’s House, 1932, oil on canvas. Collection of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.


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