Jan 252015
2011 KBAC Illustrated Accordion opening

2011 KBAC Illustrated Accordion opening

Experience the many dimensions of the book arts at the KBAC Gallery, a showcase for guest, local, and resident artists’ work. Our annual Accordion Book show draws entries from around the world. Current exhibitions are listed below. View past exhibitions in the Gallery Archive.

KBAC reviews prospective artists for exhibitions in the gallery. We focus on work relating to books, printmaking, letterpress, papermaking, etc. Please submit three .jpg images of your work or a link to your website along with a resume and statement of intent to info@kalbookarts.org with the subject line: “Exhibition prospectus: your name”.

Jan 092015

Laurel Premo, Lauren Paquette, Lauren Newton

KBAC Gallery, February 6-27
Opens During Art Hop, February 6, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Laurel Premo, Lapland, Silkscreen

Laurel Premo

The primary medium I work with is screen print on natural or recycled paper that gives the pieces a textural quality that connects them with the grit or realistic themes of the images that I portray. I draw from my connections with nature, music, and primitive images from real life in attempt to herald these fundamental parts of the world. I create work to hold onto powerful experiences that I’ve had in the natural world or to share these memories with other city-dwelling citizens. My promotional design projects are often inspired by clear bold lines from history – anywhere from old railroad ticket posters to constructivist art.


Lauren Newton, Motivation

Lauren Newton

Art is a wonderful form of communication and exploration of self for me. Much of my work throughout college touches on the idea of identity and what makes us who we are, and how it is that we get to certain places in life.

When it comes to art I always love to try new things in different mediums. Printmaking however, has and always will be one of my favorites.






Lauren Paquette, intaglio

Lauren Paquette
A first impression is a half hazard attempt to dissect and understand a person with brief visual ques. With a first impression we take several things away from meeting someone. In a snap shot of time we analyze and determine a basic concept of a person and whether or not we will pursue further information. You are viewing a timeline of my work, a glimpse of the growth and discovery that occurred. My work is developed by the constant desire to understand and/or control emotions, personalities and behaviors both my own and those around me. I sought a greater awareness of my actions and innate behaviors in order to predict my emotions and actively adjust my behaviors that were unpredictable in the past.

This is the most accurate first impression you could have of someone, a moment in time to meet and understand their past, present and the future of who they could be.

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.”

Jan 092015

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

People's Choice winner Chris Orsolini with her book "The Velveeta Rabbit"

People’s Choice winner Chris Orsolini with her book “The Velveeta Rabbit”

Submissions accepted between 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Judging at 7:00 p.m.
Books will be eaten at 7:05

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, Belinda Tate, the Director of the KIA; Kid’s Edible Book Prize, judged by Joanna Parzakonis from Bookbug; 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 10. 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.

Jan 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.

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is accepting entries for our 7th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition. Deadline for entry is Monday, April 20 at 5:00pm and the show opens May 1 and continues through the month. Artist from around the world are invited to submit 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.

Pay your entry fee and return postage online through PayPal
Add estimated postage to your $15 entry fee: 

Price: $15.00

Dec 242014

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


The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center announces a call to artists for the non-juried exhibition Altered Books – Altered Worlds which will be held in the KBAC Gallery June 5 through July 31, 2015. Open to all emerging and established artists, the exhibition focuses 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. There is a $15 entry fee to participate. Click here for more details on how to enter and the entry form.

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.

Pay registration fee online:

Price: $15.00
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