2005-2006 Schedule


Jonathan Hill & Randy Cox - As Cheap As They Come: Dime Novels and Books in Boards

12:30 p.m. - Saturday, September 24

  • Park & Ride: Minneapolis to Northfield, MN
  • (consult your invitation for Park & Ride location)

Jonathan Hill's collection of books in boards date from the late 18th in to the early 19th centuries. These books bound in paper-covered boards with paper spines exist on the cusp between the period of leather hand bound books and the era of the cloth-covered industrial manufactured book.

Randy Cox has a collection of several thousand dime novels produced between 1860 and 1915. The term dime novel is something of a misnomer since most originally cost less than a dime. What began as a brand name, Beadle's Dime Novels, soon became a generic term for sensational popular fiction published in paper covers.


College of Visual Arts - Library Tour

7 p.m. Thursday, October 27

  • College of Visual Arts
  • 394 Dayton Ave.
  • St. Paul, MN

The Ampersand Club will be touring the College of Visual Arts library's artist book collection, showcasing the recent additions.

The library has been the recipient of a donation of 209 art books and exhibition catalogues from the personal collection of Mr. Werner H. Kramarsky , a renowned New York City collector of works on paper and arts patron.

The list of artists reads like an index for mid to late 20th Century art. Some of the artists included are Richard Serra , Robert Smithson, Alice Aycock, Eve Hesse, Philip Guston, Ray Johnson, Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Richard Tuttle, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Deborah Butterfield , Agnes Denes, Bruce Conner, Dan Flavin , Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein , Roni Horn, Mark Rothko , Andrew Topolski, and Rachel Whiteread.


Betty Bright - To Have and To Hold: Why We Need Book Art

7:00 p.m. - Wednesday, November 16

  • Open Book
  • 1011 Washington Ave. S.
  • Minneapolis, MN

7:00 p.m. refreshments in MCBA gallery, 7:30 p.m. program upstairs in the Marshall Fields Proformance Hall

To Have and to Hold: Why We Need Book Art, will focus on three major aspects of book arts: key historical points in artists' increasing use of the book form in the United States from ca. 1960 forward ("To Have"); the intersection of private and institutional collecting ("To Hold"); and why librarians and curators are the gatekeepers for the future needs of the field ("Why We Need Book Art"). - The Artists' Book Conference,The Artists' Book Conference Wellesley College .


Winter Party

Refer to printed invitation.

Other than the annual dinner this is often the most well attended Ampersand event of the season. If you have not been to an event for a while this would be your chance to see some familiar faces, as well as those that spark a dim recollection from last years holiday party or annual dinner.