The Illustrated Accordion

KBAC Fourth Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

The 7th Annual Illustrated Accordion

KBAC Gallery, May 1 to 29, 2015
Opens May 1 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for our 7th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition.  Artists from around the United States have contributed to the show with books that explore the accordion structure and experiment with content and medium. Images from the show are posted below and we are adding to them every day. Special thanks to our intern Ivie Martin for taking all the photos!

Jenna Rodriguez

Jenna Rodriguez, “Running Thoughts,” Letterpress, 2013

View our online exhibition of accordion books as they come in.

Prepare to be inspired, we have archives of every book that we have shown in past exhibits.



David P.Gieske

David P. Gieske, Artist and Audience, Altered Book

KBAC Gallery, June 5 – July 31
Opens During Art Hop, June 5, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center announces a call to artists for the non-juried exhibition Altered Books – Altered Worlds.  All media, variations, and interpretations of altered books will be accepted and included in the exhibition. More about how to enter.

Altered Books – Altered Worlds will run concurrently with Adaptation: Transforming Books into Art at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. This juried exhibition will showcase the work of 17 internationally known artists in the altered book genre.

These two unique and inspiring exhibitions will allow visitors to see the work of an exceptionally large and talented group of book artists.


 Interview with Mary Brodbeck


Printmaker Mary Brodbeck, photo by Mary Whalen

Mary Brodbeck has worked in the traditional methods of Japanese woodblock printmaking since 1998 and will be teaching a weekend workshop on this process on June 20 and 21.

KBAC – What is Japanese woodblock printmaking?
MB – Japanese woodblock printmaking, like other forms of woodcut, is a relief printing process. One carves away what you don’t want to show and the remaining surface area – left raised – is the image. This raised image then gets inked, paper is laid on top of it and then pressed so that the image transfers onto the paper. The Japanese techniques are unique because of the water based pigments and pressing with a baren. Continue reading


wk_summerheaderSummer 2015 Workshops

We’re excited to present the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center summer 2015 class schedule for adults. There’s nothing like getting your hands in a vat of cool water and pulp for a papermaking class, playing with color creating monotypes, working on a new book structure or creating a poster with cool type on the Vandercook. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you! Don’t forget to use our easy, online registration.


Adult Class Schedule        Children’s class schedule



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