Artist Curated Book Display – Scott Patt

The Artist Curated Book Display is a program series at the Portsmouth Public Library. Twice a year a local artist is invited to exhibit their work and create a display of library items that inspire them. As part of the process, the artist may suggest that we purchase a book or two for our collection. This allows our collection to reflect our local artist community.

The featured artist for September 2017 is local painter and designer Scott Patt.

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Scott Patt (b. 1971) is an artist whose work employs bold graphics, symbols, typography and personal experiences to confront and satirize aspects of the human condition. Patt utilizes the power of the visual and the verbal to simplify, connect and inspire. Influenced by the folk art he encountered in his hometown of Allentown, PA, and the primary colors of post-pop consumerism, Patt’s work explores everyday concepts from luck to love, sexuality to space and hope to happiness.

Scott currently lives and works on the New Hampshire seacoast.

The program is an opportunity for local artists to share their work with the public and a reminder to our library patrons that the public library is a great source for inspiration.

Below is a list of the the books Scott Patt selected for his book display.

The following three books are part of Portsmouth Public Library collection.

– More things like this : 289 drawings with funny words also on the same drawing / from the editors of McSweeney’s ; with an introduction by Michael Kimmelman and a foreword by Dave Eggers.

– A smile in the mind : witty thinking in graphic design / Beryl McAlhone & David Stuart, Greg Quinton & Nick Asbury.

Sports book / Jonas Wood

In addition, we were delighted to add a donated copy of Scott Patt’s book  Bigger. Smaller. Funnier.  Click the hyperlink to request that a book be set aside for you.

Bigger Smaller Funnier by Scott Patt

The remaining titles are books we borrowed from universities throughout the state. If you’d like to process an interlibrary loan request, fill out this online form or request a paper form from the circulation desk.

Do you have a question or suggestion concerning this series? Leave a comment below or email Jennifer Moore at

To read about previous Artist Curated Book Displays click here.

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