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Volumes: An Artist in A Rare Books Collection - AJC Decatur Book Festival

  • Marriott C 130 Clairemont Avenue Decatur, GA, 30030 United States (map)

Presented by AIR Serenbe and Bentley Rare Book Museum
Featuring photographer Sarah Hobbs in conversation with Bentley’s Tamara Livingston and JoyEllen Freeman
Introduced by J. Brandon Hinman, Executive Director of AIR Serenbe

Atlanta-based photographer Sarah Hobbs spent an extended amount of time diving into the archives and collections of the Bentley Rare Book Museum at Kennesaw State University. From her time there, she created a new body of work inspired by marginalia. Join us for a multimedia talk and conversation with Hobbs and Tamara Livingston (Executive Director of the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books (MARB) at Kennesaw State University), as we explore the wonders of old books and new art inspired by them.

Read about Volumes Project Residency here

Participant Bios:

Sarah Hobbs
Sarah Hobbs’s work is an ongoing exploration of the neurotic tendencies that exist in us all. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia and holds a BA in Art History and an MFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens. She lives and works in Atlanta. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Sir Elton John Collection, among others. Hobbs’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has been included in several group shows across the country. Her first monograph, Small Problems in Living, was published in 2012. Sarah is the 2018 Volumes Project Residency artist with AIR Serenbe and Bentley Rare Book Museum. She also received the Walker Evans Focus Fellowship from AIR Serenbe in 2016.

Tamara Livingston
Dr. Tamara Livingston is executive director of the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books (MARB) at Kennesaw State University and founder of the KSU Archives, established in 2004. She completed her doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology, and holds master's degrees in Library and Information Science as well as Music History, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her work as executive director of MARB, she teaches Introduction to Archives and World Music courses at Kennesaw State.

JoyEllen Freeman
JoyEllen Freeman is the Outreach/Special Collections Archivist of the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books. Before arriving at Kennesaw State University, she worked as an intern for various archival repositories including the Archives Research Center at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library, the Internet Archive, the National Archives at Atlanta, the Roswell Historical Society, and the Fulton County Teaching Museum. Outside of work, JoyEllen enjoys reading and writing historical fiction novels, going to Starbucks, and shopping for purses.