Jan 072017
Edible Book Festival

Poster by Simon Kahlil Borst

KBAC Gallery, April, 7  2017

Guest Judge:  Jon Hoadley, MI State Representative, 60th District

Children’s Category: Chef Shaun Robinson, Kalamazoo Public Schools Food Service

Poster Design: Simon Kalil Borst, Illustrator of The Kalamazoo Coloring Book 2017 Winners this year were:

Judges Choice: “Peter Rabbit” by Mandy McNaughton
1st Runner Up: “The Giving Tree, Pippi Longstocking and more” by Kim Yager
2nd Runner Up: “James and the Giant Peach…Pie” by Sarah Baker
3rd Runner Up: “The Art of the Peel” By Lorrie Abdo

Children’s Prize: “I spy” by Delaney Lambrix
Runner Up: “Definitions of Indefinable Things” by  Foster Neve-Jones

People’s Choice: “Catcher in the Rye” by Nancy Lambrix

This years sponsors include: Meijer, Suzanne’s Organics, Fanfare, Bookbug, Tempo Vino, Lawton Ridge Winery, Oduffy’s, Green Top, Kazoo Books, Lake Michigan Book Press and Bell’s Brewery. Special thanks to Eric Rice Photography.


Judges Choice: “Peter Rabbit” by Mandy McNaughton

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Dec 112016

Jill Jepsen, WHY., 25″ x 36″, hand stamping with type on mulberry paper, 2016.


KBAC Gallery, Dec 2 – 22
Opens Dec 2, during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Today, texting a single letter implies a word. Taking a road trip requires typing an address into a phone and a voice directs you to the destination. For years, a word was arranged letter by letter. Traveling required pulling over, unfolding the map, finding where you were and where you wanted to go. The journey is the destination.

Jill Jepsen’s current body of work explores the possibilities of type as a visual journey. Repetitive printing, cutting and reorganizing printed matter are studio methods used to create new images. How is the print read? Do they transform, change in character as they move across a surface?

Jepsen received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University with a concentration in painting and printmaking. Her work has been exhibited in many solo, juried and group exhibitions throughout Michigan. Jill currently teaches art courses in the Humanities Department at Washtenaw Community College. In addition to the collage work, Jill also has a letterpress print studio at her home in Ann Arbor.


Jill Jepson, WHY. (detail), 25″ x 36″, hand stamping with type on mulberry paper, 2016.



Oct 142016

jeffwebJeff Abshear: Urban Lithos

KBAC Gallery, Nov. 4-23
Opens Nov 4, during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Over the years KBAC Executive Director Jeff Abshear has created paintings and prints of urban scenes set in Kalamazoo and other Michigan locations. This exhibition features a selection of his lithographs.

Aug 232016
KBAC Gallery, September 9–23
Opening reception September 9, 6:00 – 9:00
 This exhibition features the work created by Western Michigan University students who traveled throughout Italy and Europe to study book arts in summer of 2016. Support for Book Arts in Venice and the Italian Journey was provided by Frostic School of Art and Haenicke Institute for Global Education.florenceweb
Jul 062016

KBAC Gallery, Oct 7 – 28
Opens Oct 7, during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

LIBRARTIS: Artists’ Books You Can Touch


Installation view at Kean University

LIBRARTIS is the creation of Fabio Mazzieri from Siena, Italy who invited 100 artists from Italy and a dozen other countries to participate in this exhibition of one-of-a-kind books you can touch. It is against normal expected protocol to be invited to experience tactile qualities in an art gallery or museum. However, this is exactly what Mazzieri intended. This time the visitor is invited to touch.

Mazzieri says, “The book is a reference, a reading tool that is a cornerstone of our culture. But while writing is one form of expressive imagination, painting may display parallel worlds of reality. As pages are painted, drawn, scratched, and stained — these tactile materials open new horizons of expression. The artist always thinks of discovering new techniques, new forms, and new spaces. To fully experience the artist’s book one must turn the pages, touch for the first time the work of art that, usually, is forbidden to touch — a new sensation to feel smooth paper, rough, porous, fabrics, soft, plastic, sharp sensations and tactile values can even benefit the blind.”

gl_oct2By combining the Italian words for book and art, the title and concept of LIBRARTIS was born. Invitations were first given to artists from Tuscany, and later, as the idea grew, extended to the whole of Italy — now the artistic friendships extend internatonally and books in the show are included from Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.

–Neil Tetkowski, Director of University Galleries, Kean University

May 272016

Eve Reid: Paper Retrospective

KBAC Gallery, June 3- July 29, 2016
Opens June 3 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


The landscape has been Eve Reid’s muse since beginning to create. From free flowing pulp across sheets of handmade paper, to the archaic objects in fiber and paper, the dominant theme has always been the landscape.

Eve Reid taught in the art department at Western Michigan University and established the papermaking area at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. She founded the Handmade Paper Guild and was a founding member of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center





May 272016
KBAC Seventh Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

KBAC Eighth Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

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.




Apr 062016

KBAC Gallery
April 1, 2016 during Art Hop, 6 – 9 p.m.
Entries accepted from 4-6 p.m.
Judging at 7 p.m.
Eat the books at 7:05 p.m. 

Our 11th annual Edible Book Festival brought in 22 delicious books! People’s Choice went to Chris Orsolini for her book “Go the ‘Fudge’ to Sleep.”  Judge’s Choice, Judged by Jamie Kavanaugh of O’Duffy’s Pub, Cosmos Cucina and Kalamazoo Color Lab, was awarded to Mary Platte for “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” with an honorable mention to Jessica Kirkland’s “Silence of the Lambs.” The Children’s winner, judged by Sue Warner, Head Librarian of youth services at the Kalamazoo Public Library, went to Simon for “Where’s Wall-Dough,” with Iris Ershine and Kai and Cho Irons getting runner up with “The Magic Treehouse Series: Midnight on Marshmallow Moon.”


2016 Edible Book Poster by Paul Sizer.


Simon with his book “Where’s ‘Wall-Dough'”


Grand Prize Winner Mary Platte with “A Very Hungry Caterpillar”


People’s Choice Winner Chris Orsolini wither book “Go the ‘Fudge’ to Sleep”



Jan 122016

KBAC Gallery, March 4 – 25
Opens During Art Hop, March 4  2016, 6:00-9:00 p.m.


TEN: an exhibition by SWMP

In celebration of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center’s tenth anniversary, regional printmakers will create work in response to concepts associated with the number TEN.  Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP) is a group of artists working in a variety of traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques.

Begun in the late 1970’s, the Southwest Michigan Printmakers (SWMP) is diverse and informal group of regional artist/printmakers dedicated to the creation of hand made and fine art prints. Meeting bi-monthly, the group encourages artists working in printmaking and promotes excellence in the various print mediums. Through exhibitions of their works, SWMP helps to promote public knowledge, understanding, and support for printmaking.

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 helenhiebertstudio.com.


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  helenhiebertstudio.com. 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

Jan 052016

Holiday Sale 

KBAC Gallery, Dec. 4- 18
Open M-F, 10-4 p.m.
Opens During Art Hop, Dec. 4,  2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join us for our annual holiday sale and celebrate the season with handmade gifts from the KBAC and other artists. Choose unique items for everyone on your shopping list!

Nov 202015

Amongst the Trees: Work by Andrea Peterson and Jon Hook

KBAC Gallery, November 6–27
Opening reception, November 6, 6:00 – 9:00ap1web

Andrea Peterson is an artist and educator based in Laporte, Indiana. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1994 and BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently teaches papermaking and book arts from her studio Hook Pottery Paper and abroad. ap2webShe co-operates Hook Pottery Paper, which is a joint venture with her husband ceramic artist, Jon Hook. At this studio she creates her artwork, conducts paper research and production paper that is sold internationally. She is a 2014/15 grant recipient from the Indiana Arts Commission.

ap3webShe creates paper art works and relief printed images on handmade sheets of paper that have utilized pulp-drawing techniques. She also creates site-specific installation work and book art pieces. She combines these efforts to make works that address human relationship to the environment Most of her work can be found in private collections as a well as corporate collections such as Hollister clothing, Chicago. Her worked has been exhibited internationally such as Deggendorf Museum, Germany, Steyermuhl Paper Museum, Austria, Scoula di Grafica, Venice, Italy; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN, Columbia College Chicago Book and Paper Center, IL, Frankfurt Library, IN; Lubeznik Art Center, Michigan City, IN. She has conducted workshops and lectures at Paper Museum in Steyermuhl, Austria, University Georgia Athens – Cortona, Italy,; Scoula di Grafica, Venice, Italy; University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY; Friends of Dard Hunter national papermaking conferences.

jon2webStudio ceramic artist, Jon Hook, creates sculptural work and functional pottery. Jon‘s work is in numerable private collections. He exhibits his work nationally as well as his own gallery in Laporte, Indiana. He has built his own kiln in which he only fires with wood. The wood firing for Jon is a passion. He finds that wood firing is an intense and industrious process that is invigorating and exciting. It is important to him to live as close in harmony that he can with his surrounding environment. He creates glazes from the ash of his wood stove that heats his studio and collects rain water in barrels to use in the studio. The work that is produced is like no other due to the wood fly ash and plant fiber introduced into the glaze chamber during firing to high temperatures.


Oct 022015

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center 10th Anniversary Celebration and

Paul Robbert: A Retrospective

KBAC Gallery, October 2-30
Opens During Art Hop, October 2,  2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.tree3

Paul Robbert was one of the founders of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and our paper mill, which he engineered, constructed, and installed, is dedicated to him. Paul was a professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University from 1957–98. He set up the printmaking department and was instrumental in establishing papermaking into the curriculum. Paul’s award-winning artwork was exhibited across the country and known in many parts of the world.

Paul was dedicated to art from a very young age. His talents ranged from painting to printmaking, and to the art form to which he dedicated much of his last thirty years, papermaking. All phases of his career will be represented in this exhibition, on display in the gallery and throughout the KBAC studios.

Early in his career Robbert began working with paper, he made his own paper mill, and created new processes to form sheets. At the time, hand papermaking was a lost art in this country and much of the process he employed was experimental. He was an innovator in vacuum-formed paper that created a more sculptural effect. Paul found new and creative ways to retrofit ordinary found objects into new equipment for making paper. These invocations are now part of the Paul Robbert Paper Studio at the KBAC.

Join us for this retrospective exhibition of Paul Robbert’s work, from his earliest drawings and paintings through his large handmade paper art, and celebrate 10 years of the KBAC!


Sep 082015
gl_veniceKBAC Gallery, September 11–25
Opening reception September 11, 6:00 – 9:00
This exhibition features the work created by Western Michigan University students who traveled to Italy to study book arts in summer of 2015. Support for Book Arts in Venice and the Italian Journey was provided by Frostic School of Art and Haenicke Institute for Global Education.
Jul 212015

Image by Crystal Shaulis

KBAC Gallery, August 7-28
Opens During Art Hop, August 7, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

This exhibit showcases the diversity of work created by past and current interns, as well as work by Crystal Shaulis, our intern coordinator.

Jun 242015

KBAC Gallery, June 5 – July 31
Opens During Art Hop, June 5, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.


David P.Gieske

David P. Gieske, Artist and Audience, Altered Book

Altered Books – Altered Worlds will focus on books, usually so familiar and predictable, in different and re-imagined forms. All media, variations, and interpretations of altered books will be accepted and included in the exhibition.

Altered Books – Altered Worlds will run concurrently with Adaptation: Transforming Books into Art at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. This juried exhibition will showcase the work of 17 internationally known artists in the altered book genre.

These two unique and inspiring exhibitions will allow visitors to see the work of an exceptionally large and talented group of book artists.


Images from the exhibit thanks to intern Ivie Martin

Mar 092015
KBAC Seventh Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

KBAC Seventh Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

KBAC Gallery, May 1 to 29, 2015
Opens May 1 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for our 7th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition.  Artists from around the United States have contributed to the show with books that explore the accordion structure and experiment with content and medium. Images from the show are posted below and we are adding to them every day. Special thanks to our intern Ivie Martin for taking all the photos!



Feb 092015
2015_Edible Book Fest Poster2_Paths

Poster designed by Kathy A. Tyler

April 10, 2015, during Art Hop
(NOT the first friday of the month due to Good Friday)

A Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, Belinda Tate, the Director of the KIA was awarded to Keith Jones for his book “Can You Read Me?” The Kid’s Edible Book Prize, judged by Joanna Parzakonis from Bookbug was awarded to Conner McBride for her book “The Ballad of Mulan.” People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public, was given to Maddox, Cho and Jaxson Irons for their book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Scone.” There were many delicious entries this year, continue reading to see them all!


Keith Jones, winner of Judge’s Choice, with his book “Can You Read Me,” featuring a QR code made of food that actually works!

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Jan 092015

Jeffery Evergreen, Self Portrait as the Recipient of Direct Marketing, inkjet on canvas, 2014

KBAC Gallery, March 6 – 30
Opens Friday March 6, 6-9 p.m. during Art Hop

Jeffery Evergreen will be showing new print and sculptural work and releasing the new book Image & Word,  which utilizes found metal plates and wood type, and was printed at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency. He says of his work:

“The circulation, remediation, and recombination of images is the focus my arts practice. I venture to critique the inherited structures of visual language, and to this end use digital and print processes to deconstruct popular images of the past and present, and to transfer interpretive authority back to viewers for consideration. 

There is a measured rhetoric of auto-iconoclasm at play in my work, a pathos of self-conscious and intentionally flawed images that are intended to cast a healthy skepticism into the collective pool of images. I view these works as a method of questioning culturally proscribed precepts and offering alternate propositions. By bringing attention to the materials and processes used, viewers are prompted to reconsider their own relationship with images, technology, and mass media. Rather than stating some ideologically oversimplified answer, I prefer that larger questions about meaning and cultural value persist, coming to the fore to initiate conversations in which a more broad and balanced understanding is achieved.”

Oct 312014

December 5-20, 2014
Open M-F, 10-4 p.m. and Saturday 12-4 p.m.

Opens Friday, December 5 during Art Hop, from 6-9 p.m.


Join us for our annual holiday sale and celebrate the season with handmade gifts from the KBAC and other artists. Choose unique items for everyone on your shopping list!
Please follow this link for more information about participating in the sale.

Sep 232014

KBAC Gallery, November 7 – 26
Opening during Art Hop Nov. 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

contiguity references the essential nature of printmaking as a physical act of transferring a trace by direct contact. contiguity invites current BFA in Printmedia majors and alumni to consider this essential aspect of print as they make artwork for the exhibition and invites the viewer/audience to engage in a dialogue with the works exhibited.



Sep 232014

Ladislav Hanka, Bur Oak at Angel Field

KBAC Gallery, October 3 -31, 2014
Opens during Art Hop, Friday October 3, from 6-9 p.m.

This month the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center features printmaker and book artist Ladislav Hanka. About his work he says:

“People here know me for my etchings, but I have a secret second life as a book artist that takes my works around the world and into many libraries.  Much of my work explores environmental themes in series and I find that the book is a beautiful way to preserve these works alongside my thoughts and what went into their creation, with modest amounts of text set in letterpress on exquisite papers in a fine binding.  It’s an obscure art-form not particularly conducive to hanging on the wall, and yet who among us doesn’t love a book of old botanical engravings or getting a glimpse of Leonardo’s notebooks.  My own model is Linnaeus and his Lapland notebooks from the late 18th century.  Here you will see a selection from thirty years of activity in the book arts in collaboration with various book binders.”

Aug 122014

KBAC Gallery, September 5 – 26, 2014
Opens during Art Hop September 5, 6-9 p.m.

Western Michigan University students traveled to Italy to study book arts in summer of 2014 through the Frostic School of Art and Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This exhibition is of their work created during this trip.


Students at Tipoteca


Jul 112014

KBAC Gallery, August 1 – 29, 2014
Opens August 1 during Art Hop, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Anamnesis is a collection of works by Crystal Shaulis, which are based on memory and remembrance. It features small, and seemingly neat accordion books that, when opened, double in size and reveal disjointed imagery of illustrated recollections. Others may contain only fragmented handwritten thoughts that seem to maddeningly stretch on, contrasted alongside organized typeset thoughts. 

Anamnesis, Crystal Shaulis

Anamnesis, Crystal Shaulis

Jun 222014
KBAC Fourth Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

KBAC sixth Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

KBAC Gallery, May 2 to 30, 2014
Opens May 2 during Art Hop from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center exhibited entries for our 6th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition. The show opened May 2 and continued through the month. Artists from around the world submitred entries exploring the accordion book through form, content and medium. Prepare to be inspired, we have archives of every book that we have shown in past exhibits.

See this year’s entries in our Flickr galleries:
KBAC 2014 Illustrated Accordion, May 2-30, 2014

May 222014
EdibleBook poster

Edible Book Poster designed by Elizabeth King

Friday, April 4, 2014
During Art Hop from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

In 2014 our Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, Chris Dilley of the People’s Food Co-op was awarded to Beverly Fitzpatrick for her entry “Bun Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”   Chris Orsolini’s edible book “The Velveeta Rabbit” received the People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public. Continue reading to see all of the 2014 entries!






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