An upcoming exhibition at the Ohio Craft Museum will showcase the work of 15 artists inspired by books in their physical forms.

An upcoming exhibition at the Ohio Craft Museum will showcase the work of 15 artists inspired by books in their physical forms.

"On the Page: The Book as Art" will open Sunday, July 12. The exhibition will run through Aug. 23 at the museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave.

"I think people will be surprised at the variety of the pieces we'll have on display," said Tracy Rieger, director of the Quilt Surface Design Symposium and curator of the exhibition.

Visitors will see books that have been transformed by artists and sculptures "that many would consider books because they contain a narrative," she said.

Some of the pieces are interactive, while others are for eyes only, Rieger said.

"All of these pieces, I think, in some way honor the book," she said. "Some of them comment on what place a book has in our digital universe.

"Being an artist myself and a lover of books who has not been able to make the switch to the Kindle because of my love for books, these pieces really speak to me," Rieger said.

"On the Page" features work by nationally known book artists Dolph Smith, Lesley Patterson-Marx and Doug Beube and Columbus artist Shelley Baird, as well as by members of Santa Fe Book Arts.

"It's been really fascinating to me to learn about where a lot of these artists started, whether it was as painters, sculptors and textile artists," Rieger said.

The exhibition is "quieter than the kind of show we usually have," she said.

The pieces are small, but those who view them will find an entire world can be encompassed in the tiny space of a book, Rieger said.

An opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 12.

"On the Page" will be open during the museum's regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. weekends.

Admission and parking are free.