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Aaron Cohick to Judge Book Arts Competition

Aaron Cohick, the printer at The Press at Colorado College, has been invited to be one of three jurors for the prestigious Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) Prize - an international competition that seeks to recognize and promote excellence "in new work from across the expressive spectrum of book art."

As part of the event, Cohick will have his work featured in the biennial exhibition and will present a talk titled "We Contain Multitudes: Multiple Legibilities & Intersecting Texts" at the symposium, which is held in conjunction with the prize and exhibition.

Cohick was one of five finalists with his letterpress-printed book "What You Will," a collaboration with poet Kyle Schlesinger, in the 2013 competition, the last time the biennial event was held. "What You Will" was selected from more than 192 submissions from 22 countries.

The MCBA Prize celebrates the diversity of book art and is the first honor to recognize book art from across the field and around the world. Book includes work that embodies narrative, instruction, reference, mapping, guides, documentation, and more. It is work that engages the viewer and propels the experience forward through narrative, sequencing, spatial elements, visual or verbal language, temporal, mechanical, aural, typographic, symbolic or material means.

Cohick and the other two judges will review all submissions, and narrow the field to five finalists. The five works will appear on display at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts during Book Art Biennial 2015, with the jurors selecting the recipient of this year's MCBA Prize.

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