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.

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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.

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Sep 232014
 
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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.

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Students at Tipoteca

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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
 
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Edible Book Poster designed by Elizabeth King

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

The KBAC joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fools celebration of the art of the book! The Edible Book Festival has been celebrated in over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia.Visit our Edible Book page to see entries from previous years and to get ideas. A Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, Chris Dilley of the People’s Food Co-op and a People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public, will be given to the best entries. After the judging is completed we will eat the books!

It’s simple: submit a “book” made from food—anyone can enter, and there are no fees or pre-registration required. Bring your book to the KBAC between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Friday April 6. The judging will begin at 7:00, and the books will be eaten at 7:05. Also on display in the KBAC gallery will be an exhibition of our Poet’s in Print broadsides.
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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: www.maryheebner.com
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Dec 012013
 
Adriane Little

Adriane Little, Housekeeping, Mixed Media

KBAC Gallery, Nov. 1–29, 2013
Opening reception Nov. 1 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Adriane Little is a lens-based artist whose work has been exhibited in over 100 national and international exhibitions and video screening venues including the Three Rivers Film Festival, the Leeds International Film Festival, Real Art Ways, CEPA Gallery, the Institute of Culture, Trbovlje Slovenia, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Beijing B.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Chelsea Art Museum in NYC. Her new body of work, to be exhibited in the KBAC gallery, turns to literature as a source of visualization in an investigation of ritual and trauma through the presence and absence of the maternal body. She says, “Here ritual is functioning as a singular and private act; under the burden of grief and trauma embedded within instinct, or what I call the matrilineal ghost.” Little is an Assistant Professor in the Gwen Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University, and is represented by Peak Gallery in Toronto. Website: www.adrianelittle.com

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: www.melissajaycraig.com

Workshop:

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 062013
 
Book Arts in Venice

Book Arts in Venice, Collaborative Letterpress Poster

KBAC Gallery, Sept. 6–27, 2013
Opening reception Sept. 6 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

During the summer of 2013 eleven students from WMU’s Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College through the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, accompanied our director Jeff Abshear on a study abroad trip, Book Arts in Venice. They traveled to Italy to work at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Firenze Arti Visive in Florence, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, a letterpress museum and studio in Cornuda, to produce intaglio prints, letterpress posters, and a limited-edition handmade book. This exhibit features the student’s sketchbooks, photos, a video, intaglio prints, letterpress posters, copies of the completed letterpress book, and ephemera documenting their experiences in Italy.

Students at Tipoteca

Students at Tipoteca

Aug 162013
 

KBAC Gallery, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 1 to 4 p.m.
Letterpress Poster

Come celebrate the 100th birthday of our Chandler & Price press! This antique platin letterpress was manufactured by Harrison T. Chandler and William H. Price one hundred years ago, in 1913. The Chandler & Price company, founded in 1881 in Cleveland, Ohio, manufactured very popular presses that were used in the printing industry through the mid-20th century. Let’s have a birthday party for ours! Join us for letterpress demonstrations, printing, bookbinding, and papermaking activities for kids, door prizes, refreshments, and cake! We also have a commemorative limited edition letterpress poster to celebrate the day, available for a donation to the KBAC Youth Scholarship fund. This is a free event. Families with children are encouraged to join the fun, and learn more about books. 

Jul 242013
 
How the Zebra Got His Stripes

How the Zebra Got His Stripes, Kelsey Merreck Wagner, Accordion book made from paper and two leaves, pen, watercolor, embroidery thread, 2013

KBAC Gallery, Aug. 2–30, 2013
Opening reception Aug. 2 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

This exhibit will feature work by KBAC interns past and present.

Gracie, Alex Harvey, Oil on canvas.

Gracie, Alex Harvey, Oil on canvas.

Jun 012013
 
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“Bomb” by Simon Redington

KBAC Gallery, June 7—Monday, July 8, 2013;
Opening reception June 7 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Today, the fine press book is thriving. This kind of artist’s book, whose character derives from the properties and pleasures of craft, has emerged as the leading edge in a field that is attracting working artists and students in increasing numbers. It is time to mark this medium’s resurgence and consider its future arc. This exhibit, organized by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, assembles work by established and emerging artists, that reflects the best in letterpress books today.

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“Sylvae” by Gaylord Schanilec

May 022013
 
Mary Grassel, Bill and Friends, Relief Print Accordion Book

Mary Grassel, Bill and Friends, Relief Print Accordion Book

KBAC Gallery, May 3 through 24, 2013
Opens during Art Hop May 3, 6:00-9:00pm 

View the 2013 Illustrated Accordion Entries through Flickr.

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. The works on display in our exhibit The Illustrated Accordion take this form to a new level.
If you have ever asked, “What are Book Arts?” come and see how people from as far away as Europe or as close as the KBAC studio have answered this question.

Apr 032013
 
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2013 Edible Book poster by Keith Jones

KBAC Gallery, Friday, April 5, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The KBAC joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fools celebration of the art of the book! The Edible Book Festival has been celebrated in over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia. Our judge for this year’s competition is Judy Sarkozy, owner of Sarkozy Bakery.Visit our Edible Book page to see entries from previous years and to get ideas. A Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, and a People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public, will be given to the best entries. After the judging is completed we will eat the books!

It’s simple: submit a “book” made from food—anyone can enter, and there are no fees or pre-registration required. Bring your book to the KBAC between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Friday April 6. The judging will begin at 7:00, and the books will be eaten at 7:05. Also on display in the KBAC gallery will be “Good Eats,” our annual exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs, and artist’s books on the delectable subject of food.

This event, our most popular of the year, is also a good opportunity to support the KBAC by making a donation. All donations will be generously matched by the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, doubling your ability to support the KBAC.

We look forward to a feast of books!

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Judge Judy Sarkozy and Director Jeff Abshear

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Apr 022013
 

KBAC Gallery, April 5–27, 2013; Opening reception Friday, April 5 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

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Roadside Nourishment Just Ahead, Photograph, Ron Testa

From Dutch still-life paintings to Campbell’s Soup cans, our obsession with food is a readymade subject for art! Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition features two-dimensional works of art—fine prints, paintings, and collages—that incorporate food in their subject. This exhibit shared it’s opening with our Eighth Annual Edible Book Festival.
Featuring art by:  Gina D. Mucciolo & Ann C. Payne, Angela Lorenz, Beverly Fitzpatrick, Jeff Heaton, Barbara Goodsitt, Dana LeMoine, Fritzi Huber, Thimgan Hayden, Ron Testa, Ruta Butkus Marino, Aimee LeeMaryann J. RikerChristopher Vaughn Couse.

Jan 142013
 

KBAC Gallery, Feb. 1–22, 2013
Opening reception Feb. 1 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

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John McKaig, Saints Never Surrender I, drawing

John McKaig is a painter and printmaker who teaches at Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan and has recently completed artist residencies at the Williamsport Public Art Academy in Pennsylvania, and the Auckland Print Studio in New Zealand. John will work in our studio to create a multi-color relief print to be exhibited with his paintings and prints in the KBAC Gallery. John says, “My work is based in a strong sense of drawing, and I use images of objects (mostly ships) and the human figure to communicate ideas of our collective spiritual connection and passage through life.”

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Jan 132013
 

KBAC Gallery, March 1—29, 2013
Opening reception March 1 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.
March 21, 7 p.m. — Poetry reading at the Kalamazoo Public Library

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Hours is an event comprised of artists and writers working around a notion of hours borrowed from The Book of Hours, a medieval monastic tradition of meditation and prayer recited at specified times. With a grant from the Kalamazoo Artistic Development Initiative (KADI) through The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Sydnee Peters organized this program allowing local artists and writers to work at the KBAC studio on collaborative projects. For more information visit us at HoursKalamazoo on Facebook.

Participating Artists and Poets:
Mindi Bagnall, Kate Borgardt, Traci Brimhall, Bonnie Campbell, Matt Cashen, Kat Cole, Kristin DeKam, Michael Dunn, Sharon Eckstein, Debbie Eisenbise, Morry Edwards, Heidi Fidler, Deborah Gang, Donna Groot, Maryellen Hains, Jana Hanka, Ladislav Hanka, Renee Jensen, Elizabeth Kerlikowske, Elizabeth King, Amelia Hansen, Kathy Kreager, Dave Marlatt, Marsha Meyer, Amy Newday, Paul Nehring, Christine Parks, Austin Peters, Sydnee Peters, Katie Platte, Robert Post, Susan Ramsey, Vicki VanAmeyden, and Mary Whalen

Oct 292012
 

November 2-30, 2012; Exhibition / Workshop

Guest Artist: Chad Pastotnik

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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

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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: www.seemybrotherdance.org.
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Aug 282012
 

KBAC Gallery, Sept. 7–28, 2012
Opening reception Sept. 7 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

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During the summer of 2012 eleven students from WMU’s Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College accompanied our director Jeff Abshear on a study abroad trip, Book Arts in Venice. They traveled to Italy to work at the Scuola di Grafica, a printmaking school in Venice, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, a letterpress museum and studio in Cornuda, to produce a limited-edition handmade book. This exhibit will feature the student’s sketchbooks, photos, video, intaglio prints, copies of the completed letterpress book, and ephemera documenting their experiences in Italy.  See more photos.

Aug 092012
 

KBAC Gallery, August 3–24, 2012
Opening reception August 3 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Stevie Cipielewski

This exhibit is a historical memoir of the paper industry in Kalamazoo, and its dominance of the ecological and economic environment. Inspired by the story and the repercussions of paper manufacturing in the region, these works take a dead industry and create a contemporary  perspective through handmade paper and organic motifs.

Apr 282012
 
Amy Pirkle, "Gravity's Light Grip," 2007

Amy Pirkle, “Gravity’s Light Grip,” 2007

KBAC Gallery, May 4-25, 2012
Opening Friday, May. 4, 2012, 6 to 9 p.m. during Art Hop

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. The works on display in our exhibit The Illustrated Accordion take this form to a new level.

To view entries go to our 2012 Accordion Book page on Flickr.
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Mar 102012
 
Alice Simpson, Preserved, Acrylic on stitched, stuffed canvas

Alice Simpson, Preserved, Acrylic on stitched, stuffed canvas

KBAC Gallery, April 6–27, 2012
Opening reception Friday, April 6 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

From Dutch still-life paintings to Campbell’s Soup cans, our obsession with food is a readymade subject for art! Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition features two-dimensional works of art—fine prints, paintings, and collages—that incorporate food in their subject. This exhibit shared its opening with our Seventh Annual Edible Book Festival.

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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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Dec 162011
 

KBAC Gallery, February 3–24, 2012
Opening reception February 3 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

Bill Hosterman: "Reach" etching (detail)

Bill Hosterman: "Reach" etching (detail)

Bill Hosterman was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa where he studied printmaking, and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Grand Valley State University. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibits in Hawaii, Italy, Germany, China, and the United Arab Emirates.

Nov 012011
 

KBAC Gallery, November 4 – December 2, 2011
Opening reception Nov. 4 during Art Hop, 6 to 9 p.m.

November 4 opening of Handmade Paper Guild and KBAC artists exhibition

November 4 opening of Handmade Paper Guild and KBAC artists exhibition

View work by the Handmade Paper Guild of Southwest Michigan and Kalamazoo Book Arts Center artists and members. The exhibit will be open during the Art Hop of November and run through the Art Hop on December 2. Closed Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving weekend.

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