Friday, September 12, 2008

Book Artist to exhibit at Art Institute

An artistic book by Jill Timm

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) A master decorative book artist, Jill Timm, will exhibit some of her works and answer questions at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire library Thursday, Sept. 18, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the opening day of her exhibit.

“Her books are works of art,” said Denise Westcott, library director at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire. “In one of the courses they take, our Graphic Design students explore book design and its many different formats, so Jill Timm's visit will help them gain a deeper appreciation for the art they create, and show them outstanding ways in which to create it.”

“Each artist’s book is unique, but most of Timm’s focus on nature and its elements” Westcott continued. “One of them is about gemstones, and its cover is a slab of a cut and polished gem.”

Timm is the owner of Mystical Places Press in Wenatchee, Washington, which specializes in these types of books. Previously, she was a professional multimedia instructional and graphic designer for IBM after receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Computer Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

She took book making classes at the Visual Studies Workshop with Hedi Kyle and Scott McCarney while in Rochester. As she is always interested in learning from the experts, Timm enrolled in classes from a number of book making masters.

Timm is listed in Who's Who Among Young American Professionals and Who's Who in California, and has earned a good share of awards and professional achievements for her work in fine arts graphics, book arts, photography, graphic design and art direction. She has received several grants and fellowships.

Her work is included in corporate and university collections across the United States. This will soon include The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire, as Westcott plans to purchase some of Timm’s books.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Culinary Management, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Fashion & Retail Management and Media Arts & Animation. There are also Associate of Science degrees in Graphic Design and Culinary Arts. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

The Art Institute has the Inland Empire’s only degree programs in Fashion Design, Fashion & Retail Management, Culinary Arts and Culinary Management.

It’s not too late to start classes at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin October 6 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour, call (909) 915-2100 or visit