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Griest Family Rare Book Collection Exhibit

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The University of Saint Francis is pleased to announce alumna Patricia Griest has donated more than 250 rare books to the university. A selection of highlights of the collection will be on display later this year.

Griest and her late husband Walter D. Griest, M.D. amassed the collection over 4 decades. It includes books published by the Limited Editions Club and its predecessor, the Heritage Club. They are limited press books using archival papers, letterpress and fine embellished bindings. The texts include a variety of subjects: visual art, poetry, classic literature, history and politics.

The collection also includes books with bound prints that illustrate the narratives of the texts by numerous historic artists, including Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman, Sean Scully, Jacob Lawrence, Leonard Baskin, Francesco Clemente, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elizabeth Catlett and others. The collection will be a unique source of programming at USF.

Patricia Griest, who established the First Presbyterian Gallery in 1969 and served as its gallery director and coordinator for 50 years, earned a Master of Education degree from Saint Francis College in 1972 with a concentration in art. The USF School of Creative Arts presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her service to the local arts community.

The Walter D. Griest, M.D. and Patricia Griest Family Collection of Rare Books exhibit will run Dec. 7 through Jan. 10 in the Goldfish Gallery in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center off Leesburg Road on the southeast side of campus, 2701 Spring St.

An opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Goldfish Gallery. Goldfish Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The gallery will be closed during Christmas break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 1.

For more information on the collection, contact the School of Creative Arts at 260-399-8064.

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