Idaho Booker's Dozen 2013

Idaho Booker's Dozen 2013, the TENTH EDITION of Idaho's only Biennial Traveling Juried Artists' Book Exhibition, is almost on the road. Our estimable 2013 jurors (Tom Rockne, Will Spearman, Kate Walker and Jennifer Wood) selected 15 experimental, provocative and beautiful book works by artists from all over Idaho, as well as works from extra-Idahoan locales in the USA, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. The Spring 2013 ICB Newsletter will provide a complete catalog of the exhibition; watch our Publications page for the free download. The exhibit will debut in late January at the Moscow City Hall Gallery; see Exhibits page for a full itinerary.

We Sagebrush Folks

Excerpts from a photographic reconsideration by Alexis Pike

Contemporary landscape photographer Alexis Pike has created a body of work inspired by the book We Sagebrush Folks, Annie Pike Greenwood's memoir of her time in an early Southern Idaho farming community from 1906-1928. The Greenwoods migrated to Idaho at the time of the Carey Act of 1894, a land grant program that encouraged settlement of federally owned arid lands that may have had the potential to become prosperous farms with the development of irrigation systems. The Carey Act thrived on promotional propaganda, suggesting that fields of sagebrush could magically be transformed into irrigated Edens; it was a farmer's gold rush-enticing dreamers to move to wilderness regions.

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Bookish Numerological Trivia

2013 is the Sesquicentennial of the State of Idaho; the 20th birthday of Idaho Center for the Book; and the tenth tour of Idaho Booker's Dozen.