Exhibition of Decorated Papers

By Marketing and Communications | 02-06-2018



COLLEGE STATION, TX (February 2018) – Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is pleased to announce a new exhibition curated from the Berger-Cloonan Collection of Decorated Papers. The opening of The Angel in the Marble exhibition will be in Cushing Library from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Award-winning paper artist and printer Tom Leech will present a talk on the art of paper decoration at the opening.

In conjunction with the exhibit opening, there will be a free demonstration of several historical paper decoration techniques. This demonstration will be held from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm in the Library Preservation office on the fourth floor of the Evans Library Annex. Both events are free and open to
the public.

The Angel in the Marble exhibition will run from March 1 – August 17, 2018.

The Berger-Cloonan Collection of Decorated Papers contains more than 20,000 items representing five centuries of paper production and decoration from across the globe and is one of the strongest collections of its kind. Among its many strengths are 18th century Dutch gilt papers, thousands of unique marbled and paste papers, Japanese Chiyogami and Katazome, historic watermarks, and scores of papermakers’ sample books. The collection had its origins as a teaching collection built to support the work of Dr. Sidney E. Berger and Dr. Michèle V. Cloonan, and with this in mind, Texas A&M University was selected as its permanent home and contributes to the University Libraries’ efforts in teaching book history and book arts.

“We are honored and excited to be the home for this immense collection, impressive in both its depth and its breadth. It is a natural fit among our holdings, and an important acquisition for our institution,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Cushing Library.

For more information about the opening or access to the collection, contact Kevin O’Sullivan, Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at kmosullivan@library.tamu.edu.



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