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Art exhibit celebrates affordable textbook collaboration

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Art for Everyone is not your standard exhibit in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery. Yes, it is an exhibit featuring works from a number of local artists. But the art is also visible somewhere else, in particular, the Chemeketa Press textbook of the same name.

Chemeketa’s textbook initiative, which began publishing its own textbooks last year, will publish nine textbooks via Chemeketa Press this fall — three are revisions of last year’s books and six are new textbooks. The full catalog of books will save Chemeketa students about $360,000 and return sales revenue of $75,000 to support Chemeketa Press projects.

In producing Art for Everyone, the new textbook for the college’s ART101 course, the work of more than two dozen local artists was volunteered to be included in the textbook. The end result was a $28 textbook produced by Chemeketa Press that replaced a commercial textbook selling for $214.

Based on ART 101 enrollment, Art for Everyone is expected to save Chemeketa students over $90,000 during the 2016-17 school year, according to a Chemeketa Press update.

At a reception for the gallery show, art program chair Laura Mack thanked the artists for allowing their work to be included in the textbook.

“We needed you bad, and you came to our rescue,” Mack said.

Mack also said having local artists in the textbook was valuable to show students.

“Art is alive, it’s thriving, and it’s in Salem,” she said.

The Art for Everyone textbook is available for sale in the Chemeketa Bookstore. The exhibit runs through Dec. 2 in the art gallery. Open hours are available on the gallery’s webpage.

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