Experience the many dimensions of the book arts at the KBAC Gallery, a showcase for group shows like the Illustrated Accordion as well as work by local and guest artists.
View past exhibitions in the Gallery Archive.
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.
Exhibit: KBAC Gallery, November 3 – 22, 2017
Opens November 3 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Poetry reading, KBAC Gallery, November 11, at 7:00 p.m.
The KBAC has produced many broadsides depicting an artist’s response to a poem by an author from our Poets in Print reading series. Michael Dunn has turned this concept around by producing a series of drawings and asking local poets to write poems in response to his work. Both the poems and Michael’s work will be on display at the KBAC during the month of November.
KBAC Gallery, Feb. 2-23
Opens During Art Hop, Feb. 2, 2017, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Prints and broadsides created by area elementary, middle school, and high school youth will line the walls with color and creativity! Make your own print and visit the Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild for a handmade bookmark.
KBAC Gallery, Friday, April 6, 2018
Drop of entries: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Winners announced at 7:00 p.m.
Eat books at 7:05 p.m.
KBAC joins libraries and book arts centers from around the world in this delightful April Fool’s celebration of the art of the book! The Edible Book Festival is celebrated in over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia.
Entering is simple — submit a “book” made from food. Anyone can enter and there are no fees or pre-registration required.
KBAC Gallery, May 4 – June 29, 2018
Opens May 4 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for our 10th 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.
Information about entering the exhibition to come soon!