Acclaimed artists bring their talents from many corners of the country to present demonstrations, lectures, exhibits, and special classes. We have learned how to make mono prints with silicone caulk, the art of the pop-up book and the history of miniature books, just to name a few.
Ducks and Dresses: Hanji Artwork by Aimee Lee
KBAC Gallery, December 1, 2017 – January 2018
Opens December 1 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Two Korean traditions—ducks and garments—come together in this exhibit that presents the artwork of Aimee Lee. Known as hanji, Korean paper is remarkably resilient and versatile. It can be transformed from a sheet of paper into a garment that mimics cloth, yet retains its identity as a material that can be drawn upon, dyed, textured, and sewn. Hanji can also be cut and twisted into rope-like material that twines into rigid but hollow basket forms of any shape. To illustrate the wide possibilities of hanji, paper garments in western and Korean styles will be displayed alongside the colorful and ever-popular hanji ducks that refer to Korean wedding traditions.
Aimee Lee will teach two classes at the KBAC during her visit:
Make Hanji: Korean sheet formation
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Paper Fusion: Combine and Texture Paper with Joomchi
Sunday, December 3, Noon. – 5:00 p.m.
More information about these classes can be found on our workshop page.
Opens During Art Hop, March 2, 2018, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
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.
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 a.m. to 3:00 pm and Sunday, October 8, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Visit our Workshops page for more info.
Helen Hiebert: The Secret Life of Paper
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.
Helen Hiebert is the author of five books including The Papermaker’s Companion, Playing with Pop-Ups, and Playing with Paper. She has taught all over the world at venues such as the PapierWespe in Austria, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Dieu Donné Papermill in New York, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Hiebert has served on the boards of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and Hand Papermaking Magazine. You can find her work at helenhiebertstudio.com.
Wednesday, April 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan University, Richmond Center for Arts, Room 2008
The Secret Life of Paper: 25 Years of Works in Paper by Helen Hiebert
NOTE: This will be a special exhibition opening, not during Art Hop
Friday, April 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
WORKSHOP: Innovations in Paper Weaving
$110 + $10 material fee
Saturday, April 9, 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
Weaving paper is much faster than weaving cloth, and with so many decorative papers out there, it is both fun and easy to come up with a multitude of paper combinations. We will experiment with paper crumpling, varying the warp and weft lines and cutting tiny windows to expose the paper which lies beneath. Come explore book structures, lantern forms featuring “woven” hinges, and works that can hang on the wall or in a window as we bring paper weaving into new dimensions. Participants will leave the workshop with at least one flat paper weaving and a woven paper lantern. Find out more about our events with visiting artist Helen Hiebert here (coming soon) or visit her website helenhiebertstudio.com. There is a $10 material fee that should be paid directly to the artist for this class.
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The KBAC is pleased to join the Friends of the WMU Libraries, the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, and the Gwen Frostic School of Art to host visiting artist Mary Heebner who will present an exhibition, lecture, and workshop.
Mary Heebner and Simplemente Maria Press: A Selection of Artist’s Books and the Paintings That Inspired Them
March 7—28, 2014
Opening reception March 7 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.
More paintings and book are on display at the Special Collections Department of WMU’s Waldo Library
Mary Heebner came to the book arts by way of her practice as a painter. All of the artist’s books created under her imprint ‘simplemente maria press’ originate with a series of drawings and paintings. Living in Santa Barbara, California, she has traveled extensively with her husband, photographer Macduff Everton, and these experiences often inspire her work. The result is an eclectic style, specific to real experiences on the road and in the studio, expressed in well-crafted objects that are tactile, sensual, and firmly rooted in content. This exhibit will feature a selection of her paintings and books. For more information visit: www.maryheebner.com
KBAC Gallery, Oct. 4–25, 2013
Opening reception Oct. 4 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.
Melissa Jay Craig is a Chicago based artist whose sculptural book works, paper sculptures, and installations are exhibited internationally. Her work is included in many museum collections and rare book libraries and she regularly offers workshops at national arts centers including the Penland School of Crafts, the Morgan Paper Conservatory, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She writes: “In my work, I imply narratives authored by our beleaguered planet, set forth in a language long overlooked by humanity’s intellectual arrogance. I perceive this as a language of dichotomy, of adaptation, of infinite cyclical renewal, of double-edged humor, of fierce, disturbing beauty and always, of the ultimate triumph of time.” Website: www.melissajaycraig.com
Kozo and Color
Instructor: Melissa Jay Craig / Fee $90
Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch break
Kozo fiber, the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree (Broussonetia papyrifera) makes beautiful, ethereal yet strong papers, but is also a fascinating material in and of itself; its strands separate into luscious lace-like patterns and it takes on deep, vibrant color wonderfully. Come and see for yourself in this workshop where we will discuss methods for dyeing, and work with the fiber in both 2D and 3D applications. All levels of experience are welcome.
November 2-30, 2012; Exhibition / Workshop
Guest Artist: Chad Pastotnik
Chad Pastotnik has operated his Deep Wood Press on the banks of the Cedar River in Northern Michigan’s Antrim County for twenty years. His limited-edition fine press books are printed via letterpress on fine paper, illustrated with original wood engravings, linocuts, and intaglio prints, and bound by hand in traditional and contemporary book structures.
October 5-26, 2012; Exhibition / Lecture / Workshop
Guest Artist—Nate Powell: graphic novelist
The KBAC is pleased to join the Friends of the WMU Libraries, the WMU English Department, and the Gwen Frostic School of Art to host graphic novelist Nate Powell, who will present an exhibition, workshop, and lecture. Powell’s graphic novel Swallow Me Whole (2008) was an Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and Ignatz Award winner. Other works by Powell include Any Empire, The Silence Of Our Friends, and the forthcoming March, a graphic novel autobiography of civil rights legend and sitting Congressman John Lewis, to be published by Top Shelf in 2014. For more information visit: www.seemybrotherdance.org.
March 2–30, 2012; Exhibition / Lecture / Poetry Reading / Collaborative Project
Jen Bervin’s work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses artist books, poetry, large-scale art works, and archival research. Her visual work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center and elsewhere. Bervin currently teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. View the Jen Bervin website.
The KBAC is pleased to join with Western Michigan University, the WMU English Department Speaker Series, the WMU Visiting Artist and Scholars Program, the Friends of the WMU Libraries, the Carole Ann Haenicke American Women’s Poetry Collection at Waldo Library, the University Center for the Humanities, the WMU Women’s Caucus, and the Gwen Frostic Reading Series to host poet and visual artist Jen Bervin for an exhibition, lecture, and poetry reading. During her visit Jen will also work in the KBAC studio to produce paper created with needle-woven mends in the KBAC’s papermaking screens.
October 6-28, 2011; Exhibition / Lecture / Workshop
Guest Artist: Shawn Sheehy
September 23-25, 2010: Lecture / Workshops
Guest Artists: Peter and Donna Thomas
Book artists Peter and Donna Thomas, the authors and illustrators of More Making Books By Hand, visited us with their custom-made gypsy van “bookmobile” to present workshops and a lecture. Renowned as creators of miniature and artists’ books since 1977, they have produced over 125 limited editions and 300 one-of-a-kind books, found in collections around the globe. They are active in the Miniature Books Society and the Friends of Dard Hunter and reside in Santa Cruz, California.