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Q&A with Mare Blocker | 1988 GAP, Visual

Artist Trust

Q: What kind of art do you make?
A: I make limited edition and unique, artist’s books and prints.

Q: What did you use your award for?
A: I used it to buy supplies for a limited edition, collaborative book with C.Christopher Stern.

Q: What was the impact of this award/Artist Trust on your art career/life?
A: At the time I received the GAP from Artist Trust, I was a young artist transitioning from working at a department store to being a full time artist. The money was great, but the more important aspect of the grant was the validation that I was on the right career path and the boost in confidence it gave me.

Mare Blocker has been making limited edition and unique books since 1979 and established The M Kimberly Press in 1984. She earned a B.F.A. in Ceramic Sculpture at the University of Washington and an M.F.A. at the University of Idaho. Her work can be found in over 85 public collections and museums including The Victoria and Albert, The University of Washington Special Collections, The Getty and The Library of Congress. Mare has been a Library Fellow award winner from the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC and a Sally R Bishop Artist in Residence at the Center for Book Arts in New York. She is the President of the Book Arts Guild, a regional organization for book artists and enthusiasts, and on the Executive Board of Directors for the College Book Art Association.

Artist Information sourced from: Pacific Lutheran University