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Art of the Abecedarium

An artist’s book is an artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. The artistic initiative reflected in the illustration, materials, process, and design makes it an art object. Incorporating a wide variety of artistic and literary disciplines, the artists and their books challenge the idea, content, and structure of the traditional book.

This exhibit of abecedaria (“alphabet books”) explores creative interpretations of letters and language. The diverse selection illustrates the meaningful complexity of simply learning your ABCs. 

The artworks in this exhibit come from the Fine Press & Artists' Books Collection of the University Libraries at the University of Denver. For more information, visit the Special Collections & Archives website or contact us at 303.871.3428 or

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