Edible Book Festival 2015

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Poster by Kathy Tyler

April 10, 2015, during Art Hop
(NOT the first friday of the month due to Good Friday)

Submissions accepted between 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Judging at 7:00 p.m.
Books will be eaten at 7:05

The KBAC joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fools celebration of the art of the book! The Edible Book Festival has been celebrated in over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia.Visit our Edible Book page to see entries from previous years and to get ideas. A Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, Belinda Tate, the Director of the KIA; Kid’s Edible Book Prize, judged by Joanna Parzakonis from Bookbug; and a People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public, will be given to the best entries. After the judging is completed we will eat the books!

It’s simple: submit a “book” made from food—anyone can enter, and there are no fees or pre-registration required. Bring your book to the KBAC between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Friday April 10. The judging will begin at 7:00, and the books will be eaten at 7:05. Also on display in the KBAC gallery will be an exhibition of our Poet’s in Print broadsides.


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.”


A Celebration of Conrad Hilberry

The Savory Wheel Release Party

KBAC Gallery, Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. 

Page from The Savory Wheel

Join us to celebrate the work of poet Conrad Hilberry.
Favorite poems by Hilberry will be read by local poets and friends, and the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center will release a new handmade, limited edition of his book The Savory Wheel. 
Also featured will be the 2014 KBAC letterpress publication, God of Longevity by Hilberry, printed on handmade paper.


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

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