Artist in Residence Brian Dettmer at Work

At Haverford, we love “digging” into our books—sometimes quite literally!
Just yesterday, in conjunction with the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, we welcomed the Mellon Tri-College Artist in Residence Brian Dettmer to our campus for the rest of the semester.
Dettmer is a sculptor of books, using his method of carving into “authoritative texts” to “amplify their physicality and question their semantic significance.” Yesterday, Dettmer hosted an artist lab in the KINSC Rotunda on campus, where he worked on carving the book Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne. The artist lab will continue tomorrow (Thursday)  in the same location, from 2:30-4 p.m. All are welcome to stop by.
Can’t make it tomorrow? Come learn more at the Gallery Talk with Dettmer and the Gallery Opening for Elemental at the Cantor-Fitzgerald Gallery in the Campus Center, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. this Friday, October 25th. See more examples of Dettmer’s work at

Students and faculty members look on as Dettmer works on book carving at the artist lab on Tuesday, October 22nd.

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Photos by Brad Larrison.