Miami Book Arts: The Sweat Broadsheet Collection Through October 12, 2014

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Art is hard work. The Sweat Broadsheet Collection began as a collaboration launched in the summer of 2009 by a group of South Florida book artists, novelists, poets, and printmakers. In a series of planned events, artists and writers from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties were invited to meet and share their work. The goal was to promote collaborations across genres by inviting participants to produce literary broadsheets (works printed on one side of a sheet of paper... also known as broadsides).

The initial meeting was held at Sweat Records in Little Haiti on a hot summer night with no air conditioning. The theme and the title of the collection became apparent at that meeting. "Sweat" is an homage to Sweat Records, a reference to South Florida's tropical climate, a noun and a verb, and in the context of this collaboration, sweat is open to interpretation.

Some writers worked with several artists, some artists with multiple writers. 46 artists and 42 writers participated in the collection exhibited here at the Wimberly Library, which holds one of the resulting portfolios of 75 broadsheets. The portfolio is housed at FAU's Jaffe Center for Book Arts, where some of the broadsheets were printed on historic presses.

In Florida, sweat never stops. This project, too, continues to evolve and grow, with new collaborations being forged between South Florida writers and artists even now, five years after the project first began.


Hours prior to the fall semester (through August 17) are as follows: Monday to Friday 7:40 AM to 6 PM, Saturday August 16 10:30 AM to 6 PM, Sunday August 17 noon to midnight.

This exhibition is accessible in the public areas of the Wimberly Library (First Floor Main Lobby, Second Floor Administrative Offices, and Third Floor JCBA Lobby). Regular library hours for the fall semester, which begins on Monday August 18, are Monday to Thursday 7:40 AM to 2 AM, Friday 7:40 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 10:30 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, noon to 2 AM.

The library will be closed Saturday and Sunday August 9 and 10 and for Labor Day, September 1.


From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95 on the north side of Glades Road. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive (formerly Broward Avenue). Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.


Visitor parking is available in the library parking lot. The metered system accepts cash and credit cards at the rate of $1 per hour.

Past Exhibitions

S.M.S. Animated Library the Artists' Books: Susan Joy Share We Are Tiger Dragon People : Colette Fu Born From Folding : The Art & Science of Origami POP! The Arthur J. Williams Pop-up Collection For the Love of Books Student Body Art Dialogue GRAPHIX Carbon Alternative Dafatir Dos-a-Dos Al-Mutanabbi Street
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Proceed and Be Bold Wanderlust