March 2015: Mind Your Memes, Jeffery Evergreen


Jeffery Evergreen, Self Portrait as the Recipient of Direct Marketing, inkjet on canvas, 2014

KBAC Gallery, March 6 – 30
Opens Friday March 6, 6-9 p.m. during Art Hop

Jeffery Evergreen will be showing new print and sculptural work and releasing the new book Image & Word,  which utilizes found metal plates and wood type, and was printed at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency. He says of his work:

“The circulation, remediation, and recombination of images is the focus my arts practice. I venture to critique the inherited structures of visual language, and to this end use digital and print processes to deconstruct popular images of the past and present, and to transfer interpretive authority back to viewers for consideration. 

There is a measured rhetoric of auto-iconoclasm at play in my work, a pathos of self-conscious and intentionally flawed images that are intended to cast a healthy skepticism into the collective pool of images. I view these works as a method of questioning culturally proscribed precepts and offering alternate propositions. By bringing attention to the materials and processes used, viewers are prompted to reconsider their own relationship with images, technology, and mass media. Rather than stating some ideologically oversimplified answer, I prefer that larger questions about meaning and cultural value persist, coming to the fore to initiate conversations in which a more broad and balanced understanding is achieved.”


Winter/Spring 2015 Workshops


The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center’s newest class offerings will take us from Winter into Spring. In this short, four month span, when Michigan goes from icey to in-bloom, you can explore a variety of papermaking, printmaking and surface design workshops. Try new bookbinding techniques like Long-Stitch and Star Accordion Binding, or come to the Open Book Studio to finish a project or review what you learned from a previous class. To solve the question of what to put in a book, we have poetry and journal writing classes. Shake off the winter doldrums and welcome the wonders of spring this year with a class at the KBAC! We are also offering new, after-school classes for kids every tuesday in February, March and April.

Adult Class Schedule        Children’s class schedule



Lecture: Illuminare:

The Uses and Embellishment of Gold and Other Metallic Leaf and Inks in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Painting


Nancy Turner, Conservator of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:15 p.m.
1010 Fetzer Center (external link)

Free and open to the public
reception to follow

More information about this event here


Laura Lein-Svencer: Collage Intuitive Process

The Paper Guild is bringing Laura Lein-Svencer from Chicago to the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for a workshop. Space is very limited. Please call 269-373-4938 for enrollment.

Collage Intuitive Process


Summer Fun by Laura Lein-Svencner

March 14th & March 15th, 9:30 to 4:30

$230 includes instructor’s fee and most materials
Students will be altering their own papers, creating their own color palettes, making collages that are delightfully and uniquely theirs.  Composition, design principles and the intuitive process inherent in fine art collage all come together in this workshop.  Whether students are new to collage or more experienced, Laura’s high-energy workshop is designed to engage, inform and encourage students in the contemporary medium of collage. More information about the instructor can be found here.





Introducing our new program for high school students interested in the visual arts, planning on studying art in college, and that want to add to their art portfolio.

FREE, but you must register!!!

Wednesdays, 6:00–8:30 pm: PAPERMAKING, April 15; PRINTMAKING , April 22; BOOKBINDING, April 29

email lorrie@kalbookarts.org to register.

More information here.


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