The essential focus of the collection is on artists' books and the broader topics of the Book Arts: letterpress printing, fine binding, handpapermaking and paper decoration.


   Animated Library

   The Artists' Books of Susan Joy Share

Performance artist and book artist Susan Joy Share creates kinetic forms, architectural spaces, costumes and experimental books that integrate visual art, movement and sound. Her work combines techniques and materials from bookbinding, sewing, painting, collage and sculpture. Share's studio is based in Anchorage, Alaska, and this is her first major exhibition in Florida, the extreme opposite corner of the country.

Join us Friday evening October 18 for a performance by Susan Joy Share at FAU's University Theater and Tuesday evening October 22 for a gallery talk with the artist in the intimate space of the Jaffe Book Arts Gallery. Share will also teach a weekend workshop (Sculptural Books: Combining Structures) at JCBA the weekend of October 19 and 20. See our Events and Workshops pages for full information.

Susan Joy Share was born in Syracuse, NY and received a BFA from NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She worked as an artist in New York City for 20 years, and then moved her studio to Anchorage, Alaska in 1997. Her artwork is included in collections at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK, and here at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. She has exhibited and performed throughout the US and in England, Ireland and Hungary.

Share worked as a book conservator in NYC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. She has taught at many noted institutions including the Center for Book Arts, NYC; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Penland School of Crafts, NC; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME; Visual Studies Workshop, NY; Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, IL; and the University of Alaska Anchorage.


      This exhibition is accessible in the public areas of the Wimberly Library (First Floor Main Lobby and Third Floor JCBA Lobby). Regular library hours 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.


      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