Titles Without Authorization: Cast Paper and Pulp Painting by Tom Balbo
Art Books Cleveland 5th Annual Abecedarium Exhibition
This exhibition celebrates the cast paper and pulp paintings of Tom Balbo. Raised and educated in Lakewood, OH, he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH in 1977 with a B.A. in Studio Arts. Tom received his MFA at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, where he was awarded a Syracuse University Fellowship Grant in 1979 and 1980, and a Ford Foundation Grant. His early work focused on ceramics and printmaking and in 1979 he began working in paper as he found it an almost unlimited source of inspiration and potential, both in its physical capabilities and visual qualities. His use of found objects for textural translations is intended to allude to the real and create illusions of reality. He has exhibited in a large number of shows and galleries throughout the U.S., garnered numerous awards, and his work is featured in many collections. Tom is one of the founders of the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation and serves as its Executive Director.
Art Books Cleveland (ABC) is dedicated to exploring, encouraging, and teaching both contemporary and traditional artistic practices of the hand-made book. Its membership is open to both experienced and beginner, providing opportunities to exhibit and promote their work, while sharing their individual skills with each other through member workshops. One of the original founders of Octavofest, this organization is devoted to advancing the appreciation of bookmaking and the paper arts.
This 5th Annual Abecedarium Exhibition of handmade books explores the alphabet, or an aspect of the alphabet in beautiful, clever, and sometimes whimsical perspectives of book forms. The group will also host the first juried retrospective of their handmade art books.
Cleveland Artists Foundation 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107-3413 (216) 227-9507