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Exhibit runs Aug. 9 – Oct. 14
Opening reception: Aug. 11, 4 p.m.
Open case presentation: Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
Artist’s demonstration: Oct. 3, 10 a.m.

“A Garden of Earthly Delights”
Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, North Warner Street, Tacoma

Partially funded by a Tacoma Artist Initiative Project (TAIP) grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is an exhibition of nine new works and nearly 20 sketchbooks by Tacoma book artist and illustrator, Mark Hoppmann. See if you can translate the cryptic text of Tacoma Codex I, a Coptic bound, handwritten and illustrated manuscript transcribed in a new alphabet inspired by the decaying wharves of Tacoma’s seafaring past. Or explore a strange collection of images found in “A Garden of Earthly Delights,” which Hieronymus Bosch might have used in his masterpiece, had he lived in the present-day Pacific Northwest.
In addition to alliterative haiku in “Northwest Alliterations,” a collection of sketches titled “Gargoyles,” and other new works, the exhibition will also include previous works and many of the artist’s past and current sketchbooks, studies and tools, all of which challenge the viewer’s perceptions of the Pacific Northwest and the art of the book.
Hoppmann graduated from Drake University with a BFA in graphic design and commercial art in addition to studying art for one year in Florence, Italy. After working for 20 years in the graphic arts industry as an offset pressman, pre-press and bindery operator, he resumed his art career and has been in Tacoma, working primarily as a book artist, illustrator and watercolor painter for the last 20 years. He says, “I have always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which in turn, inspire my art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, my intent is to design illustrated books for those, with ‘satiable curiosity.’” Simple and sometimes unadorned, but thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.
To learn more about the artist or the work in the exhibition, visit
To learn more about the Puget Sound Book Artists, visit
For additional information about the exhibition and to see more of the books in the exhibition, visit the web page of Collins Library at the University of Puget Sound at

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