Freed Formats: the book reconsidered

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Freed Formats: the book reconsidered is a traveling exhibition of 135 works of book art from 53 artists representing 17 US states and 2 countries. Freed Formats will appeal to all ages. Each person has a different feeling about what a book means to them, and book art engages anyone who has ever read, written or, for that matter, just held a book in their hands.

Freed Formats opens simultaneously at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists in Ridgefield, Ct. and The Mark Twain Library in West Redding, Ct. on March 30, 2019, and runs through April 28, 2019.

There will be classes to teach children to make an accordion book and adults to make a Japanese-stab bound book. There will be talks given by some of the participating artists and an award-winning film by an artist from North Dakota.

Guided tours are available by emailing Chris Perry to make arrangements.



RGOA – Opening – March 30

RGOA – Children’s class – April 4 at 4 pm

RGOA – Adult class – April 6 at 10:30 am

RGOA – Artist’s Talk – April 6 at 1 pm

Ridgefield Library – Artist’s Talk – April 7 at 2 pm

Mark Twain Library – Children’s class – April 10 at 4 pm

Ridgefield Library – Film and discussion – April 11 at 7 pm

Ridgefield Library – Children’s class – April 24 at 4 pm

Mark Twain Library – Adult class – April 25 at 10:30 am

Mark Twain Library – Film, Artist’s Talk, closing reception – April 28 at 3 pm

RGOA – Close/last day – April 28


Freed Formats received generous support from the following:

  • The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
  • The program is made possible, in part, with public funds through the Arts Link Community Grant Program of the Putnam Arts Council (PAC) Mahopac, NY.  These funds are provided to PAC through the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Andrew M. Cuomo and the NYS Legislature
  • A Grant from The Sylvia B. Henschel Trust, a bequest to Mahopac Public Library
  • A Project Assistance Grant from the College Book Art Association (CBAA). CBAA supports and promotes academic book arts education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship, and criticism
  • A Grant from The Friends of Mahopac Public Library