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 group shows like the Illustrated Accordion as well as work by local and guest artists.

Propose an exhibit.

View past exhibitions in the Gallery Archive.


Nov 182017


KBAC Gallery, Feb. 2-23
Opens During Art Hop, Feb. 2,  2018, 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. 

Nov 052017
FarrellMagicHour_webKBAC Gallery, March 2 – April 27
Opens During Art Hop, March 2,  2018, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe.
Work can be viewed at www.starshaped.com.
Jennifer Farrell will also be teaching an ornamental letterpress workshop on March 3 from 10 – 4 p.m. find out more at www.kalbookarts.org/workshops
Oct 222017
Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit by Mandy McNaughton, 2017

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. 

Oct 192017

KBAC Gallery, May 4 – May 31, 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.

Teddy Lepley "Relations and Revelations"

Teddy Lepley won the 2017 Best in Show award for his book “Relations and Revelations”

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.

Click here for information about entering the exhibition.

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