Gail Watson's Artist Retrospective Exhibit Reception

September 21

5:30pm - 8:00pm

Anderson Academic Commons, Room 102, Schayer Seminar Room

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Neighbor or Friend,  Staff

The University Libraries invite you to an exhibit opening reception showcasing the book arts retrospective of artist Gail Watson. The reception will take place in the Gregg Kvidstad Special Events Room in the Anderson Academic Commons on September 21, 2023 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with an artist talk at 6:30 P.M.


Event Details:

Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Artist talk at 6:30 P.M.

University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons

2150 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO 80210

Schayer Seminar Room

Lower Level, Room 102

Event is free and open to the public, DU students, faculty, and staff.

For information about parking, please visit All parking is paid parking, and the recommended visitor lots near the AAC are 301 and 315.


“I made my first book in the third grade at P.S. 37 in Queens, New York. I wrote, illustrated and bound the book, “A Trip on a Ship”, when I was eight years old. I grew up in a home with lots of books – art books in the living room and books of a more scholarly nature in my father’s study. It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s that I returned to making books and realized that it is a perfect format for communicating ideas and imagery in a very intimate way. Holding a book in your hands starts a physical, tactile connection with art that allows the images and words full access to your senses. The book lets the artist tell a story or explore a subject but the reader is empowered to linger, flip, twist, and turn at their own discretion.

Many of my books are personal explorations that help me understand and lay claim to my life; where I’ve been and where I’m going. Though highly personal, my work deals with universal themes of love, loss and the need to look honestly and openly at ourselves and our world.”

- Gail Watson (learn more at


Gail Watson will be present at the reception and will share insights into her creative process during a talk and gallery tour at 6:30 P.M. It's a chance to engage with the artist and gain a deeper understanding of her artistic journey.

Join us for an evening of artistic inspiration, mingling with fellow art enthusiasts, and enjoying refreshments. Please RSVP by September 3 at

We look forward to your presence at the exhibit reception, honoring the artistry of Gail Watson.