UNCW Recognizes Artists Etherington, Lallier as N.C. Living Treasures

Monday, October 14, 2013

UNCW recently presented the 2013 North Carolina Living Treasures Award to bookbinders and artists Don Etherington and Monique Lallier of Summerfield, N.C.

Since 1986, the UNC Wilmington Museum of World Cultures, part of Randall Library, has honored artists with the N.C. Living Treasures title. The biannual honor celebrates North Carolina artists, their talents and their contributions to education and society.

Etherington is director of the Book Conservation Program at the American Academy of Bookbinding. Lallier is an internationally recognized bookbinder and book artist. Their exhibition, "North Carolina Living Treasures: Unshelved," will be on display at the Boseman Gallery through Nov. 1

"Book artists and craftspeople Don Etherington and Monique Lallier exemplify the artistry and craftsmanship that have defined recipients of the North Carolina Living Treasures Award for more than 25 years," said University Librarian Sarah Barbara Watstein. "Their dedication to preserving the traditional artistic practices of book-making, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object is a model to artists and book conservators, both established and emerging, worldwide. Randall Library is honored to present them with the 2013 award on UNCW's behalf."