WinterCMYK2018Winter/Spring 2018 Class Catalog

At the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, we love sharing our knowledge of traditional arts like papermaking, printmaking, book binding, letterpress, creative writing, paper marbling, calligraphy and more. We like to think that our passion is contagious so give something new a try or refresh your own knowledge or come play in our open studio session. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students.

In March, we’re so excited to welcome Jen Ferrell of StarShaped Press. This Chicago artist will be showing her work in our gallery for the months of March and April. To kick off this exhibition she’ll be sharing some of her tips and tricks with students in a one-day workshop on March 3rd. This is a rare opportunity to work with an artist and letterpress veteran that promotes the idea that antique metal and wood type is certainly not too limiting for beautiful design.
Adult Classes


Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press

KBAC Gallery, March 2 – April 27
Opens During Art Hop, March 2,  2018, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe.
Work can be viewed at www.starshaped.com.
Jennifer Farrell will also be teaching an ornamental letterpress workshop on March 3 from 10 – 4 p.m. find out more at www.kalbookarts.org/workshops


Kids Print Extravaganza!

KBAC Gallery, Feb. 2-23
Opens During Art Hop, Feb. 2,  2018, 5:00-9:00 p.m.


Prints and broadsides created by area elementary, middle school, and high school youth will line the walls with color and creativity! Make your own print and visit the Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild for a handmade bookmark.  


2018 Edible Book Festival

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2018 Edible Book Poster by illustrator David Small

KBAC Gallery, Friday, April 6, 2018
Drop of entries: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Winners announced at 7:00 p.m.
Eat books at 7:05 p.m.

Poster: David Small
Judge: Mayor Bobby Hopewell
M.C.: Joe Gross, Director, Ransom District Library

KBAC 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.

Entering is simple — submit a “book” made from food. Anyone can enter and there are no fees or pre-registration required. 



Poets in Print: Daneen Wardrop and Laura Kasischke

Poets in Print: KBAC Gallery, Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:00pmDaneen Wardrop web

Daneen Wardrop has authored three books of poetry, The Odds of Being, Cyclorama, and Life as It, which received the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award. A forthcoming book of poems, Silk Road, will appear in 2018. In addition, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, AGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, North American Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has also authored several books of literary criticism, most often about Emily Dickinson.





Laura Kasischke headshotwebPoet and novelist Laura Kasischke was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry include Wild Brides (1992), Fire and Flower (1998), Dance and Disappear (2002), Gardening in the Dark (2004), Lilies Without (2007), Space, in Chains (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Where Now (2017). Kasischke has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Juniper Prize, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award, the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Rilke Poetry Prize from the University of North Texas. She has also won several Pushcart Prizes, as well as received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.



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Free! Book Arts Program for Teens

Feb. 13th 6-8:30, Feb. 20 6-8:30, Feb. 27, 6-8:30

To register email lorrie@kalbookarts.org. 


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