“Artists’ Books” designed by 18 Hope art students are being featured in a display in the Van Wylen Library at Hope College through Friday, March 15.

The books offer an imaginative reinterpretation of the way that books traditionally relate language and images, each reflecting the vision of the individual artist.  As the exhibition’s statement notes, “Artists’ books are produced by a single creator who wears many hats: writer, painter, printer, graphic designer, binder, photographer, illustrator and publisher.  Artists’ books can be all words, all images or a combination of both while exploring alternative forms, materials and production techniques.”

The books were created by students in the college’s “Applied Design II” class.  One of the volumes will be selected for the library’s new “Artists’ Book Collection.”

The students with work in the display, which opened on Friday, Feb. 15, are:  junior Lauren Aprill of Cedar; junior Joseph Carty of Dearborn; junior Catherine Gabriel of Grandville; sophomore Hillary George of Grand Blanc; junior Samantha Gindl of Crown Point, Ind.; junior Zada Harris of Portage; junior Kian Hashemi-Rad of Eden Prairie, Minn.; senior Jillian Haverkate of Ada; junior Elizabeth Jaros of Brighton; junior Cara Johnson of Chelsea; senior Katrina Krieg of Franklin; junior Kristen LaDuke of Lansing, Ill.; junior Hsiang Lin of Shanghai, China; sophomore Karen Mejia of Holland; senior Michaela Roskam of Oak Park, Ill.; sophomore Tessa Schultz of Kellogg, Iowa; senior John Stathakis of Shelby Township; and sophomore Amy Van Dommelen of Ada.

The Van Wylen Library is regularly open Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to midnight, Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to midnight.

The Van Wylen Library is located at 53 Graves Place (11th Street), between 10th and 12th streets on College Avenue.