Helen Hiebert: The Secret Life of Paper


Helen Hiebert, Interluceo, Handmade Book

Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 – 7:00, Western Michigan University, Frostic School of Art,Richmond Center for Arts, Room 2008

The Secret Life of Paper: 25 Years of Works in Paper by Helen Hiebert

Online Exhibition
April 9 – 29,  Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
Opening Friday, April 8, 6:00 – 9:00
NOTE: This will be a special exhibition opening, not during Art Hop

Innovations in Paper Weaving
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 – 4:00, $110 + $10 material fee, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Enroll Here

 The KBAC is pleased to join with the Southwest Michigan Paper Guild, Western Michigan University Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, and Friends of WMU Libraries to host visiting artist and internationally-known papermaker Helen Hiebert, who will present a lecture, exhibition, and workshop. Hiebert creates installations, sculptures, films, artists’ books, and other works using handmade paper as her primary medium. This retrospective exhibition will be accompanied by a new full-color catalog of her extensive body of work. Hiebert is the author of five books including The Papermaker’s Companion, Playing with Pop-Ups, and Playing with Paper. You can find her work at helenhiebertstudio.com.  Continue reading

KBAC Seventh Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

KBAC Eighth Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

The Illustrated Accordion Call for Entries

KBAC Gallery, May 6 to 27, 2016
Opens May 6 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for our 8th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition.

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.

Submission information for the 2016 exhibit


2016 Edible Book Festival

The 2016 Edible Book Festival was a big success with over 20 entries! Please visit our Edible Book page to see each entry and find out the winners!


Winter/Spring 2016 Workshops

wk_postcardwinter2016Need a good book?  Try making one yourself!  This winter/spring we’re offering an expanded list of six bookbinding workshops as well as some of our most popular classes like papermaking, paper marbling, paste painting, poetry, collage and letterpress.

In April Helen Hiebert, an internationally known paper artist, is coming to Kalamazoo to share her talents. Or, try a collaborative paper/print class with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts which combines the teaching talents and studio spaces of two of Kalamazoo’s foremost visual arts venues.

Adult Workshops

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