Mar 302015

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.

Jan 072016

Helen Hiebert: The Secret Life of Paper


Helen Hiebert, Interluceo, Handmade Book

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


Helen Hiebert, Alpha Beta, Handmade Book


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
Online Exhibition
Friday, April 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center


Helen Hiebert, Window Weaving

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 There is a $10 material fee that should be paid directly to the artist for this class. 

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Helen Hiebert, Cosmology, Handmade Book

Feb 222014
Mary Heebner, Unearthed, artist book

Mary Heebner, Unearthed, Artist’s Book

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:
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Nov 162013
Melissa Jay Craig

(S)Edition, Melissa Jay Craig. Cast and hand-shaped abaca, embellished with cotton rag, Oct. 4–25

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:


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.

Oct 292012

November 2-30, 2012; Exhibition / Workshop

Guest Artist: Chad Pastotnik

DCF 1.0

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.
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Sep 212012

October 5-26, 2012; Exhibition / Lecture / Workshop


Nate Powell, cover for “Swallow Me Whole”

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:
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Feb 102012

March 2–30, 2012; Exhibition / Lecture / Poetry Reading / Collaborative Project

Jen Bervin: detail, The Composite Marks of Fascicle 28

Jen Bervin: detail, “The Composite Marks of Fascicle 28”

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.
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Aug 012010

September 23-25, 2010: Lecture / Workshops

Guest Artists: Peter and Donna Thomas

Peter & Donna Thomas' Gypsy Wagon

Peter & Donna Thomas' Gypsy Wagon

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.

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