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


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

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.
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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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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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:

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 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.

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