The Illustrated Accordion

Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for our 9th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition.

Charlotte Hedlund, "Stary Night"

Charlotte Hedlund, “Starry Night”

2017 Entry Form

New this year: the KBAC will present a Best in Show award of $100. 

Each year the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) sponsors a non-juried exhibition, The Illustrated Accordion. Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form. The structure of an accordion book is simple: a long piece of paper is folded into pages that can be read like a book or spread open and displayed like a banner. Featuring works of book artists from all over the world, the books in this exhibit take this book form to a new level.

Every book that has been entered in previous Illustrated Accordion exhibits are available to view through our website.

The 2017 Illustrated Accordion gallery is now up! It is being added to every day. 


Book Jam! Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

KBAC Gallery, Art Hop Friday June 2, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Come explore book arts! Make paper, accordion books and more at this FREE event for the whole family.




Summer 2017 Class Catalog


What will the longer days of summer 2017 will bring for you? Maybe you’re thinking of exploring some new ways to express yourself.  Or, maybe you’d like to work on a skill that has proven difficult to master. Or, maybe you just need a day of fun (who doesn’t?) on a staycation. At the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, we love sharing our knowledge of traditional arts like papermaking, printmaking, book binding, creative writing, paper marbling, calligraphy and more. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students. We like to think that our passion is contagious!  

Adult Classes

Children’s Classes

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