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.

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View past exhibitions in the Gallery Archive.

 

May 172017
 
KBAC Gallery, September 8–29
Opening reception September 8, 6:00 – 9:00
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This exhibition features the work created by Western Michigan University students who traveled throughout Europe to study book arts in summer of 2017. Students toured Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, visiting museums, libraries, and other historic sites, with a particular emphasis on traditional printing, papermaking, and book arts studios. Traditionally the publication of books has been a collaborative effort, with people from many disciplines contributing: writers, artists, and craftsmen. Students worked together and with European artists to create the works of art on display at the KBAC. Support for Book Arts in Europe was provided by Frostic School of Art and Haenicke Institute for Global Education.
May 172017
 

Bestiaries and Herbiaries: The Pop-Ups of Shawn Sheehy

KBAC Gallery, October 6 – 27
Opens During Art Hop, October 6,  2017, 6:00-9:00 p.m.xmas_bells

For 20 years, Shawn Sheehy has been creating pop-up books that explore the wild world and the place of humans within it. This exhibit will feature Sheehy’s artist books, individual pop-up folios, and a selection of the ephemera and process work that surround his practice.

Lecture:  Pop-up Bestiaries and Herbiaries: What We Can Learn by Cataloging the “Wild”

Thursday, October 5:   6:00 pm in the Richmond Center, RCVA 2008
The KBAC joins with Western Michigan University Libraries Special Collections and Rare Book Department, and the Frostic School of Art, to welcome visiting pop-up book artist and paper engineer Shawn Sheehy. This visit is supported by a grant from the WMU Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

Workshops:  “Pop-Up Wildflower Greeting Cards: Spring Set” and “Pop-Up Wildflower Greeting Cards: Summer Set”
Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm and Sunday, October 8, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Visit our Workshops page for more info.

Shawn Sheehy has a B.S. in Education from Valparaiso University, an A.A. in Graphic Design from Madison College, and an MFA in Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago. He has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level—primarily in paper making and paper engineering—since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by numerous prestigious universities, including Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy’s trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. He’s currently at work on his next trade book—a mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction—and it will be released through Candlewick in Autumn 2018. Visit him at shawnsheehy.com

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May 132017
 
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Michael Dunn, Accident Scene #124

Michael Dunn: Drawing on Words

KBAC Gallery, November 3 – 24, 2017
Opens November 3 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 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. 

Apr 232017
 
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Belief (2017). Ink on handmade papers including hanji, thread. 18 x 13.5″

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.

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Quacking duck (2016). Corded and twined hanji, brazilwood and onion skin dyes. 6 x 8.5 x 4.25″.

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