Preserving the artist's heritage

Heidi Kyle

Interviewed in 2008
Sponsored by University of the Arts
Michelle Dauberman, Intern
Chandler Simms, Videographer
Susan Viguers, Advisor

Personal Statement:  My work focuses on the book as a three-dimensional object that still holds features of historical examples.  I am drawn to lesser-known book forms that have come to light as a result of scrutinizing the holdings of libraries as a book conservator and being made aware of unusual findings by colleagues and curators.

I digest what I see.  I experiment, divert, re-build and alternate.  I feel free to concoct structures that display content beyond words and images.  My concern is to keep the book alive as a mechanical object of extraordinary diversity.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Outrageous Pages - Ingenious Artists’ Books, Fine Arts Gallery, State University of New York, College at Oneonta, 2008
Jump Start: Launching an Artists/Book Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia, 2007
Anatomy of the Book, Suzanne Fleischer & Ralph Joel Roberts Gallery, Philadelphia, 2007
Lights - a Show of Illumination and Inspiration, Liau Collection, Philadelphia, 2007
Meraviglia: Innovations in the Book Art, Lafayette College, Easton PA, 2006
30 Years of Innovation: A Survey of Exhibition History, 2005
Worthy Pioneers: Carol Barton, Hedi Kyle, Richard Minsky, 1998
Hedi Kyle and her influence, innovative book structures by Hedi Kyle, students, and peers, 1993
Works by Timothy Ely and Hedi Kyle, 1986, The Center for Book Arts, New York           
Hooked Up: Artists Collaborate, Chicago Center for Book and Paper, Columbia College, Chicago, 2005
Books as Art, Niagara County Community College, Sanburn NY 2005
American Artists Books, KunstCentret, Silkeborg, Denmark, 2004
Books Open-Ended, Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol, Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers, Brooklyn NY, 2004
Open Signatures, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum ID, 2003
Building the Book, Center Galleries, Detroit MI,
Under Cover: Book Arts, St. Louis Artist Guild, MO 2003
Contemporary American Paper Artists: An Invitational Exhibition, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago IL, 2002
Orihon and More: Books by Artists, Snug Harbour Cultural Center, Staten Island NY, 2002
Metamorphosis: Contemporary Forms in Book Arts, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Newtown PA, 2001
Back East: Artist’s Books from the Northeastern States, San Francisco Center for the Book, CA, 2000
American Book Works, Barbican Art Gallery, London, Great Britain, 1998
Book Arts and Conservation: A Visible Link, Exhibition by Hedi Kyle and Denise Carbone, Rosenwald Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1997
Innovating Tradition: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books, John cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, 1997
One of a Kind: Artists’ Books, Foundation for Today’s Art, Nexus, Philadelphia, 1995
The Visual Book, Rowan College, Glassboro NJ, 1994
Americans in Print, Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany, 1989

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Cut-Folded-Sewn, Department of Art, University of Delaware, Newark, 2001
Teaching Models, Artist book Works, Chicago IL, 1992
Retrospective, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, 1990

Special Collections:
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis MN
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
The Marvin and Ruth Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Miami Beach FL
University of Washington Libraries
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

Book collaboration with Claire Van Vliet, Visual Arts Research Center, Tempe AZ, 1988

Honorary Membership, Guild of Book Workers, 2005

Professional Activities:
Book Conservation:Head Conservator, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1986-2003
Head Conservator, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, 1979-1985
Book Conservation Technician, Museum of Natural History, New York City, 1977-1070
Co-founder of the Book Preservation Center, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, 196\78
Workshop planner and instructor teaching preservation techniques to library personnel in New York City and Philadelphia institutions, 1978-2002
Book Arts: Board of Directors, Center for Book Arts, New York City, 1965-1988
Co-Founder of Paper and Book Intensive, 1983, and co-director, 1983-1994, Oxbow MI

Book Arts Instruction:
Lecturer - Adjunct Professor, Bookbinding, Graduate Program of Book Arts and Printmaking, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 1986-present
Bookbinding Instructor, Center for Book Arts, New York City, 1977-1985
Bookbinding Instructor, Cooper Union, New York City, 1978-1080
and in addition, many short-term workshops in the United States, Canada, and Switzerland

Studied bookbinding and conservation with Laura Young, New York City, 1972-1977
Diploma in Illustration and Graphic Design at the Werk Kunst Schule in Wiesbaden, Germany, 1954-1959

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Philadelphia PA 18123