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.
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 helenhiebertstudio.com.
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
Friday, April 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
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 helenhiebertstudio.com. There is a $10 material fee that should be paid directly to the artist for this class.
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.
EXTENDED DEADLINE: MAY 2
KBAC Gallery, June 3- July 29, 2016
Opens June 3 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The landscape has been Eve Reid’s muse since beginning to create. From free flowing pulp across sheets of handmade paper, to the archaic objects in fiber and paper, the dominant theme has always been the landscape.
Eve Reid taught in the art department at Western Michigan University and established the papermaking area at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. She founded the Handmade Paper Guild and was a founding member of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center