November 4, 2021
Jon Coffelt will lead a conversation with fellow book artists Mary Ann Sampson and David Sandlin about their artbooks, publications, and the vast Book Arts world. They will speak to their own narratives and give insight into their processes and origins in the printmaking and book arts medium. All three artists are featured in Nice Work if You Can Get It on view in the Dove Gallery until December 31, 2021. The artist talk will take place for 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A with the audience.
David Sandlin was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1956 and has lived in the U.S. since 1972. He currently lives in New York, where he makes art and teaches printmaking, book arts, and illustration at the School of Visual Arts. Sandlin expresses visual ideas that stem from recollections of personal events and experiences that derive from living in her rural environment of Alabama.
Sampson’s later books have included works by James Seay Brown; Sue Brannan Walker, Poet Laureate of Alabama; and Jeff Weddle. She continues to work on unique books, as she has throughout her career. Her works have been exhibited and collected internationally.
She is an active member of the Guild of Book Workers and the founder of One-Eye Opera Company which publishes letterpress books, customs bookbinding, and unique editions.
Jon Coffelt is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. He paints, sculpts, sews, and makes book arts. Also, Coffelt is the former owner and operator of the Agnes Gallery in Birmingham. He served as editor and publisher of Alabama Art Monthly for several years and devoted his focus to socially aware photography, short film/video, and book arts. Absolut Vodka chose Coffelt to represent Alabama in a campaign that resulted in his work being printed in many reputable publications.