Artist Book Release: Spectacles & Spectators by Keri King

Sunday, October 23, 2016

2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Sun, 2016-10-23 14:00 - 16:00

Coming this fall…

Slip into an ambiguously Victorian fantasy world and follow a cast of fashionably dressed animals through a madcap tale of art and crime in high society. Read ‘Spectacles & Spectators,’ a visual storybook for grownups with pictures and words by Keri King. Produced in limited edition at DWRI Letterpress in Providence, RI; each artist book will be printed on an offset press and feature a letterpress cover. A launch party will take place at the Providence Public Library on October 23rd with a multi-media reading and surprises to celebrate the artist’s debut release.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event!

Keri King is a cross-disciplinary artist, based in Providence, RI. She received her BFA in Illustration with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Upon graduation, Keri founded an experimental theater arts project. A joyfully irreverent feathers and sequins donning dance troop, the Danger! Danger! Birds performed musical vignettes and comedic skits that harkened back to turn of the century traditions of vaudeville and burlesque.

Today, Keri’s creative practice incorporates illustration, public art, storytelling and the occasional foray into tap shoes. Keri was recently awarded a grant from Providence Art, Culture + Tourism to create a multi-site installation for PVDfest 2016; she is thrilled to be engaged as Providence Public Library’s 2017 Creative Fellow and is looking forward to the imminent release of her first narrative picture book, Spectacles & Spectators - available to grown up audiences this October. In addition to her studio work, Keri is a dedicated educator and an active member of her arts community.

Keri currently teaches art to students at the Wolf School, a K-8 private special education school located in East Providence, RI. She has also taught performing arts workshops on the subjects of vaudeville entertainment and the “Roaring Twenties” to students ages 8-14, through teaching artist programs such as I Was There at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School and Open Enrollment at Providence City Arts for Youth. Her professional service includes work with the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, the Providence Children’s Film Festival, the RISD Museum, and the Edward Gorey House.

Photo Credit: Krzystyna Caldarone

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