Baker-Berry Current Exhibits

John R. Scotford Jr. '38 – Designer for Dartmouth and Community

exhibit poster for John Scotford exhibitJohn R. Scotford Jr. loved his years at Dartmouth, even though the College offered no studio art classes in the 1930s. Always creative, he found outlets during his undergraduate years making posters for Ward's Department Store in Hanover and designing a contest-winning cover for Dart, the college literary magazine.

After graduation, John Scotford moved to New York City, studying practical art and design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The first time he returned to Dartmouth, in 1940, he had won the Winter Carnival poster contest. At the time, Scotford was just starting an advertising career in New York, specializing in book promotions for publishers and book jacket design. Throughout his 16 years in New York, Scotford maintained ties to the College by volunteering on fundraising campaigns. He wanted to use his skills and knowledge to benefit his alma mater. In 1956, he moved back to Hanover with his family to work on the proposed Hopkins Center for the Arts.

This exhibit celebrates the work of John Scotford Jr. '38 as Designer for Dartmouth and the wider community.

Exhibit curated by Martha Scotford, Professor Emerita Graphic Design, North Carolina State University; with help from Dennis Grady (designer), Phyllis Gilbert (photo archivist), Deborah Howe (Collections Conservator), and Lizzie Curran (Assistant Conservator).

Baker-Berry Library, Reiss Hall: January 13 through April 30, 2020

Panel discussion with curator, family and design colleagues Thursday, April 2 at 4:30, followed by a reception at 5:30.

Specimens: Artist Books and Their Kin from the Dartmouth Collection

Artist Book from Specimens exhibitOver the years, artists, designers and craftsmen working in the realm of "book arts" have influenced each other in many ways—sometimes without knowing. The works in this exhibit, whether called artist books, fine press books, zines, or examples of design bindings, involve an artistic approach to the book as a form and method of conveying beautiful design and/or provocative content and in so doing reveal the book as an art form itself.

This exhibit presents a range of works from the wonderful collection available for viewing and reading at Dartmouth Library. They can be found in Rauner Special Collections, Sherman Art Library's Special Collections as well as in the open stacks. We've included the call numbers and other information to help you find these books and others like them. Hopefully, you too will be inspired by these books to learn more and maybe even make one!

Specimens was curated by Sarah Smith, Book Arts Workshop Program Manager. Graphic design by Dennis Grady.

Baker-Berry Library, Berry Main Street: January 8 through March 20, 2020

Poster image: David Stairs, Boundless. Hand-made spiral-bound book, 1983. Available in Sherman Art Library: Art Special N 7433.4 S734 1983.