About Our Instructors

 

Lorrie Grainger Abdo, the KBAC Administrative Director, has taught papermaking, surface design, and bookbinding classes for students of all ages in Michigan and beyond. She was trained in papermaking at Sievers School of Fiber Arts and by the KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert.

 

Jeff Abshear, Director of the KBAC, was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Accademia di Belle Arti and studied the history of Italian printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. He also teaches book arts each summer to children in Sardinia, Italy.

 

Marijo Carney, BFA University of Illinois, is a professional calligrapher who has taught calligraphy at KVCC and workshops throughout the US for 35 years.  She is the founder of Pen Dragons, has exhibited her work in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions, taught at six international calligraphy conventions and been published often.

 

Kim Hosken Eberstein received her MFA in painting from Western Michigan University, where she was trained in papermaking by the KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert. She taught in the Frostic School of Art for many years and now teaches for Battle Creek Public Schools.

 

Lisa LeBlanc is a calligrapher and educator, recently retired after 35 years of teaching at WMU.  She has studied with a variety of nationally and internationally known calligraphic masters, and is skilled in several styles of hand lettering.  She is currently President of the Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild of Kalamazoo.  

 

Carol Parker holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in Art Education from Western Michigan University. She has been an educator for twenty years in public and private schools, and community settings where she has taught courses for students of all ages. Carol is currently living in Traverse City where she is a full time book artist and printmaker.

 

Katie Platte, the KBAC Studio Coordinator, is a graduate of the Studio Art program at Grand Valley State University. She completed an internship at the Women’s Studio Workshop, an arts organization specializing in printmaking and book arts in Rosendale, New York.

 

Crystal Shaulis, Intern Coordinator for the KBAC, earned her BFA from Western Michigan University. She is an alumni from KBAC’s own Book Arts in Venice program and has remained with KBAC ever since. Though the focus of her study at Western was painting, she has developed a deep interest in bookbinding and letterpress and shares this knowledge with the local community and beyond. Website: crystalshaulis.com

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