KBAC 10th Anniversary Celebration and Paul Robbert: A Retrospective

KBAC Gallery, October 2- 30
Opens During Art Hop, October 2,  2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.tree3

Paul Robbert was one of the founders of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and our paper mill, which he engineered, constructed, and installed, is dedicated to him. Paul was a professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University from 1957–98. He set up the printmaking department and was instrumental in establishing papermaking into the curriculum. Paul’s award-winning artwork was exhibited across the country and known in many parts of the world.

Early in his career Robbert began working with paper, he made his own paper mill, and created new processes to form sheets. At the time, hand papermaking was a lost art in this country and much of the process he employed was experimental. He was an innovator in vacuum-formed paper that created a more sculptural effect. Paul found new and creative ways to retrofit ordinary found objects into new equipment for making paper. These invocations are now part of the Paul Robbert Paper Studio at the KBAC.

Join us for this retrospective exhibition of Paul Robbert’s work, from his earliest drawings and paintings through his large handmade paper art, and celebrate 10 years of the KBAC!


George David Clark and Matthew Minicucci

With Broadsides by Mary Heebner and Maria Scott

Poets in Print: KBAC Gallery, Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:00pm
pip_clarkGeorge David Clark is the author of Reveille (winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize from the University of Arkansas Press) and his most recent poems can be found in the The Believer, Blackbird, The Cincinnati Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. His work can also be found reprinted online at Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. David earned an MFA at the University of Virginia and a PhD in Creative Writing at Texas Tech University before holding the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship at Colgate University and the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship at Valparaiso University. He has received additional honors from Southern Poetry Review (the Guy Owen Prize), Narrative Magazine (the 30 Below Prize), and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference (a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship), among others. The editor-in-chief of 32 Poems, he currently lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with his wife, Elisabeth, and their three young children.

pip_minicucciMatthew Minicucci is the author of Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014Wick Poetry Prize. His work has also appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Blackbird, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, and Third Coast, among others. He currently teaches writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

November 14th, 7:00 p.m.
March 19th, 7:00 p.m.
April 9th, 7:00 p.m.


Fall 2015 Workshopsheader_0

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do”

There is real truth in these words by Walt Disney. This fall the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is pleased to offer many classes that will interest curious adults and older teens. The schedule introduces several brand new classes like 3D Papermaking, Calligraphy, Introduction to Altered Books and a more advanced bookbinding class called French Link Stitch Journal with Closure.  Of course, we’re not forgetting some of our most popular classes like Papermaking, Coptic Stitch, Paper Marbling and Letterpress. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you! Don’t forget to use our easy, online registration.

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