Julie Kechele


KBAC Gallery, March. 3-24
Opens During Art Hop, March. 3,  2017, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Pen Dragons calligraphy guild originated in 1983. It is a non profit organization whose purpose is to promote the study, appreciation and practice of calligraphy as an art form and to foster a wider appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present day applications through the free interchange of ideas and techniques.


Workshops: Winter/Spring 2017winterweb

What will 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?). 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!

Of special note is Carol Parker, our guest artist, who coming to Kalamazoo to share her talents. Carol will be teaching a bookbinding class never offered here before as well as an exciting mixed media journaling class. Take the bookbinding class and then use the book you’ve made to keep your thoughts and artistic ideas!

Winter/Spring Adult Classes


Poets in Print: Dennis Hinrichsen and Casey Thayer

KBAC Gallery, Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:00pm

With Broadsides by Lorrie Abdo and Ali Hansen

Dennis Hinrichsen is the author of seven books of poetry. His most recent is Skin Music, co-winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press, as well as finalist in the Society for Midland Authors  2016 literary contest. His previous books have won the Akron, FIELD, and Tampa Poetry Prizes. New work can found in The Adroit JournalFogged ClarityGhost Town, Memorious, and Michigan Quarterly Review. His work has also received a Best of the Net Award for 2014 and the Third Coast Poetry Prize for 2016. He lives in Lansing, Michigan.



thayer_webCasey Thayer is the author of Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). He has work published or forthcoming in AGNIAmerican Poetry ReviewPoetry, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he lives in Chicago.



Edible Book Festival

Edible Book Festival

Poster by Simon Kahlil Borst

KBAC Gallery, April, 7  2017
Entries accepted from 4-6 p.m.
Judging at 7 p.m.
Eat the books at 7:05 p.m. 

Guest Judge:  Jon Hoadley, MI State Representative, 60th District

Children’s Category: Chef Shaun Robinson, Kalamazoo Public Schools Food Service

Poster Design: Simon Kalil Borst, Illustrator of The Kalamazoo Coloring Book

KBAC’s 12th annual Edible Book Festival joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fool’s celebration of the art of the book! The Edible Book Festival is celebrated in over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia.

This year’s poster was created by Simon Kalil Borst, the designer of the Kalamazoo Coloring Book. During the event, we will display a giant black-and-white version of the poster, with lots of crayons, and invite everyone to help color!

Entering is simple — submit a “book” made from food. Anyone can enter and there are no fees or pre-registration required. See entries from previous years and get ideas for your own edible book. 


Call for entries: The Illustrated Accordion

KBAC Gallery, May 5 to 26, 2016
Opens May 5 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

D. Cichon, Bepi's House - Burano Italy

D. Cichon, Bepi’s House – Burano Italy

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

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.

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