A new display in the lobby of Albertsons Library features a selection of artists’ books created by Boise State students in the 1990s as part of the coursework for Book Arts classes taught by English Professor Tom Trusky.
The artwork represents a variety of styles and interpretations of a “book”. An often misunderstood art-form, when asked to define the term “Artist Book” in 1997, Trusky responded, “An artist’s book is a book which engages me in its messages and meanings in ways a conventional codex would not; as well, it lures…or persuades me to define or redefine what a book is or may be. An artist’s book, you see, is at least two books for the price of one.”
A poet, book artist, and scholar, Trusky was a dynamic member of the Boise State faculty from 1970 until his death in 2009. His research papers, including hundreds of artists’ books, are now available to the public in Special Collections and Archives on the 2 nd floor of Albertsons Library.
Assistant Professor, Librarian/Archivist