The Attic at Academy Square is the Provo City Library's brand new exhibit space dedicated to bringing in the best art, science, and history exhibits from around the country.
The Attic is located on the 4th floor of the Academy Wing of the Library, accessible only by elevator. Use the elevator at the West end of the building.
The cave paintings of ages past and hieroglypics of ancient Egypt were the first examples of storytelling trhough pictures. The dawn of the Industrial Age saw the beginning of the graphic novel as a format of entertainment. The first major graphic novel, THE ADVENTURES OF OBADIAH OLDBUCK was publihsed in the U.S. in 1842. The first collected edition of THE YELLOW KID cartoons in book form (published in 1897) is recognized as the first financially successful graphic novel. In the last century, comics heroes from Marvel, DC, and others have risen to the forefront of popular entertainment.
Graphic novels have gained immense popularity and respect in recent years. According to the American Library Association, they are among the fastest growing categories in publishing and bookselling. Today's graphic novels are more varied in content than their early counterparts. In recent years, graphic novels have been the subject of scholarly studies, a choice for museum exhibitions, and in 1992 Art Spielgelman's MAUS won the Pulitzer Prize.
BAM! It's a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels features some of today's leading graphic artists in the illustration world. Original work from Raina Telgemeier, Mark Crilley, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Lincoln Pierce is on display in this exhibit that encourages visitors to appreciate the fine art and craftsmanship involved in creating a graphic novel.
This exhibit will open September 16, 2016 in conjuction with our Get Graphic Festival. Other programs listed below.
Kids' Week in the Attic
10:30 am-12:00 noon
It’s kids’ week in the Attic! For one week only, the Attic will be open for special hours so our littlest art-lovers can come and visit our current exhibit, BAM! It’s a Picture Book! There will be comics-themed games, activities, and maybe even a story or two.
October 21 & 28
1:00 pm, The Attic
For children ages 3-6 and parents/caregivers. Explore comics as art in this interactive story and art activity. Register online for one session beginning October 14 at 9 am; both sessions are the same.
Tween Comic Mix-up
4:15 pm, The Attic
For kids ages 8-12. Tweens get a special tour of our current exhibit, BAM! It’s a Picture Book, and will play a variety of comics-themed games to create their own comics.
If you are interested in a large group tour or field trip, please contact Erika Hill: 801-852-7685.