Artists' Books Collection

The MSU Libraries’ Artists’ Books Collection is housed in Special Collections and includes over 350 titles by a wide variety of artists including Laura Davidson, Julie Chen, and Emily Martin. The Cuban Artists’ Books Collection contains over 50 pieces, created by individuals at Ediciones Vigía, an artists’ cooperative that has produced limited-edition books since 1985.

Definitions for "artists’ books" are as varied as the objects themselves. In simple terms, artists’ books are books created by artists, where the artist has control over every aspect of the creative process. Artists’ books can take any format, from a traditional codex to a tunnel book, and they offer a non-traditional yet innovative approach to the relationship between book and reader.

Questions about the collection should be referred to Terrie Wilson, Art Librarian and Head, Fine Arts Library.

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