During the Spring 2017 semester, the following sixteen students of Art 137: Race & Identity: Artists' Books seminar course at Scripps College studied artists' books that explored issues of race and identity under the direction of Professor Tia Blassingame: Monica A. Acosta, Madeline Luisa De La Cancela, Catherine Ashley Glah, Charlotte Hyde, Anisha Tara Kaul, Olivia Kohn, Sahana Prakash Mehta, Eden Rose Niles, Mason E. Polk, Grace Reckers, Sarah Maria Sanchez, Zara K Singh, Emma Stolarski, Deena Ann Woloshin, and Laura Mae Woods.
These students- from Scripps, Pitzer, and Pomona Colleges-crafted questions to ask of all artists and of all non-artists including librarians, collectors and booksellers. Interviewees included: Islam Aly, Andre Bradley- Spring 2017 Frederic W. Goudy lecturer, Irene Chan- Fall 2016 Frederic W. Goudy lecturer, Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, Nabil Gonzalez, Sakura Kelley, Allison Milham, Katherine Ng, Monica Oppen, proprietor of Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem in Sydney, Australia, Jessica Peterson,Alison Saar, Judy Sahak, Emerita Librarian of Scripps College's Ella Strong Denison Library, Jaime Lynn Shafer, Clarissa Sligh, Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, and Tona Wilson.
To all those who helped make Of Color a success: the participating artists, collectors and curators for making themselves available for student interviews; Ashley Sanders, Director and Swati Ramani, Fellow of Digital Research Studio for Digital Humanities training and support; Interim Librarian Susan Allen and Dorran Boyle for their support of the Art 137 course and sharing the artists' books featured in the show; librarians at Rhode Island School of Design's Fleet Library and San Diego State University's Love Library for loaning artists' books from their collections; Adrienne DeVine for assistance in the preliminary stages of curation and with installation; Melanie Biles and Morgan Stewart for their help with mailings and installation. Special thanks to Kirk Delman for exhibit installation assistance.