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Contemporary Artist’s Books Project

Haley Brown - Montrose Tour - Artists Books

Haley Brown and book artist Lesley Patterson-Marx

Exhibit: Artists' Books: A Selection from Vanderbilt's Southern Presses
Fellowship: Project Proposal

“I will definitely consider a career path in general digital humanities.”  — Haley Brown

About the Project

From southern presses in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and Alabama to those in the West and Northeast, the 500+ artist’s books in Special Collections represent diverse traditions in book objects. The goal of this project was to create a visual representation of the context for the book’s creation and a website layering the network analysis of this collection with a map of the artists’ presses together with selected collection images and video. Haley digitized the remaining artists’ books, following archival standards, to create an Omeka website including a network analysis of the collection, selected images of books, and a map of book artists’ studios, and schools. She presented on her project at the 2016 College Book Arts Association annual conference.

Haley Brown

About the Fellow

Haley Brown is a junior in the Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science with majors in both art history and psychology and a minor in corporate strategy. She has been on the Dean's List for each of her semesters at Vanderbilt. Ms. Brown is currently Small Groups Coordinator of the Vanderbilt chapter of Best Buddies and Vice President of the History of Art Society. She studied abroad over the summer in Italy learning about ancient Roman art and architecture and plans to return in the future to continue her studies. Haley was co-curator of the Vanderbilt Fine Art Gallery's past exhibit entitled Up Close and Personal: Intimate Devotions and Everyday Objects from Late Antiquity and has plans to publish the catalog during the next year. Haley presented her Dean's Fellow project at the 2016 College Book Art Association Conference in January.