LIBRARTIS: Artists’ Books You Can Touch


KBAC Gallery, Oct 7 – 28
Opens Oct 7, during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

LIBRARTIS is the creation of Fabio Mazzieri from Siena, Italy who invited 100 artists from Italy and a dozen other countries to participate in this exhibition of one-of-a-kind books you can touch. It is against normal expected protocol to be invited to experience tactile qualities in an art gallery or museum. However, this is exactly what Mazzieri intended. This time the visitor is invited to touch.

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Chapbook Release Reading

KBAC Gallery, Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:00pm

The KBAC is proud to announce the publication of two new chapbooks: Steinzmentz Suite by Susan Blackwell Ramsey and Chain of Lakes by Elizabeth Kerlikowske. Please join us Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the publication of these books with a poetry reading by the authors.


susan-a Susan Blackwell Ramsey’s book A Mind Like This won the Prairie Schooner Poetry Book Prize and her work has appeared in publications from Poetry Motel to Best American Poetry.



Elizabeth Kerlikowske grew up in Michigan and her writing reflects that. She is president of Friends of Poetry. She and visual artist Mary Hatch have just completed a book of paired paintings and poems.


Jeff Abshear: Urban Lithos

KBAC Gallery, Nov. 4-23
Opens Nov 4, during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Over the years KBAC Executive Director Jeff Abshear has created paintings and prints of urban scenes set in Kalamazoo and other Michigan locations. This exhibition features a selection of his lithographs.


Workshops: Fall 2016fall2016small

Temperatures and leaves will start to fall soon. Along with the change of seasons why not begin a transformation of your own with a class at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. For students that have taken classes here before we have ten new classes to pique your interest giving you many different and exciting ways to make more paper, more books and more prints.  For new students we always offer several introductory workshops and, of course, you’re always encouraged to give the other classes a try as well. So, if you’re going on a trip and want to make your own case bound travel journal or if you have a project that needs just the right paper bead embellishment or if you’ve been wanting to give calligraphy a try, we have the class for you.

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