Annual UVA Law Library Art Show Gives New Life to 'Discarded' Law Books

Cordel Faulk

Artist and curator L. Michelle Geiger's "giant kelp" float in the law library's second floor.

August 31, 2015

Fourteen local female artists bring new life to law books in "Discarded," the UVA Law Library's 18th annual art show.

Previously set to be recycled, the books range in age from the 1800s to the 2000s, with some of the older versions featuring letterpress, hand setting and even cotton pages. In many cases, even with the older books in the group, the law library was in possession of multiple copies and was culling ones in the poorest shape.

An opening reception for is slated for Sept. 3 from 5-7 p.m. on the second floor of the library.

The exhibit, which will be up through June 2016, will feature music by Magnolia Quartet; food by Harvest Moon Caterers; performance artist Anne Megibow; and works by Ninni Baeckstrom, Cynthia Burke, Nina Frances Burke, Fenella Belle, Birelle DuFlon, Stacey Evans, A. Faith, Eileen French, Judy McLeod, Janet Grahame Nault, Susan Northington, Kelly Doyle Oakes, Jeannine Barton Regan and the show's curator L. Michelle Geiger.

All of the artists are members of Charlottesville's McGuffey Art Center, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in October.

"They all started from the same thing, essentially," Geiger said. "But I'm so impressed at how different the work is."

The mixed media art on display represents a wide range of interpretations by the artists, one is encased in cement and another is an embroidered pillow.


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