Best Of 2019

Best Patron Saint of Paper: Sara Caswell-Pearce

As the 180-plus-year-old Mercantile Library edits its collection of fiction to make way for new works, paper artist Sara Caswell-Pearce has incorporated pieces of the discards into collages and other treasures that help tell the institution’s story. Her debut exhibition in November as the Mercantile’s first artist-in-residence included four inspirational “santos,” or saints, wearing halos and skirts made out of book spines, marbled endpapers, date-due cards and other literary ephemera. With thousands of deaccessioned titles to sort through, the former librarian and Cincinnati Enquirer books editor has been living on Cloud 9. The library is similarly elated, extending Caswell-Pearce’s residency through 2019. Her Meet Me at the Merc open houses resume in April 2019, along with collage-making workshops, sales of greeting cards, book plates and bookmarks to benefit the library, and another exhibition in the fall. The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., 11th floor, Downtown, mercantilelibrary.com.