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At the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, we love sharing our knowledge of traditional arts like papermaking, printmaking, book binding, 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 one of our open studio sessions. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students.

In October, we’re so excited to welcome back Shawn Sheehy, a Chicago-based paper engineer and pop-up artist.  He will be speaking at WMU on Thursday, October 5, opening his show Bestiaries and Herbiaries: The Pop-Ups of Shawn Sheehy here at the KBAC on Friday, October 6 during Art Hop, and then teaching two one-day workshops over the weekend also here at the KBAC. You will not want to miss seeing his work and the opportunity to learn from one of the best.

Adult Classes

 

Book Arts in Europe

KBAC Gallery, September 8–29
Opening reception September 8, 6:00 – 9:00
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This exhibition features the work created by Western Michigan University students who traveled throughout Europe to study book arts in summer of 2017. Students toured Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, visiting museums, libraries, and other historic sites, with a particular emphasis on traditional printing, papermaking, and book arts studios. Traditionally the publication of books has been a collaborative effort, with people from many disciplines contributing: writers, artists, and craftsmen. Students worked together and with European artists to create the works of art on display at the KBAC. Support for Book Arts in Europe was provided by Frostic School of Art and Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

 

Bestiaries and Herbiaries: The Pop-Ups of Shawn Sheehy

KBAC Gallery, October 6 – 27
Opens During Art Hop, October 6,  2017, 6:00-9:00 p.m.xmas_bells

For 20 years, Shawn Sheehy has been creating pop-up books that explore the wild world and the place of humans within it. This exhibit will feature Sheehy’s artist books, individual pop-up folios, and a selection of the ephemera and process work that surround his practice.

Lecture:  Pop-up Bestiaries and Herbiaries: What We Can Learn by Cataloging the “Wild”

Thursday, October 5:   6:00 pm in the Richmond Center, RCVA 2008
The KBAC joins with Western Michigan University Libraries Special Collections and Rare Book Department, and the Frostic School of Art, to welcome visiting pop-up book artist and paper engineer Shawn Sheehy. This visit is supported by a grant from the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Workshops:  “Pop-Up Wildflower Greeting Cards: Spring Set” and “Pop-Up Wildflower Greeting Cards: Summer Set”
Saturday October 7, 10:00 – 3:00pm and Sunday October 8, Noon –5:00 p.m.
Visit our Workshops page for more info.

 

Mai Der Vang and Rebecca Dunham 

Poets in Print: KBAC Gallery, Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7:00pm

Mai Der VangMai Der Vang is the author of Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. She serves as a 2017-2018 Visiting Writer in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, LA Review of Books, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Mai Der’s work has also been anthologized in Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. As an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, she is co-editor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. Mai Der has received residencies from Hedgebrook and is a Kundiman fellow. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, along with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Columbia University. Mai Der was born and raised in Fresno, California.

 

Dunham Author webRebecca Dunham is the author of Cold Pastoral and three previous collections of poems, including Glass Armonica, winner of the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and The Miniature Room, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, AGNI, and others. Her work has been supported through numerous fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and the Ruth Halls Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Dunham holds an MFA in Poetry from George Mason University and a PhD in English from the University of Missouri. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

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