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.


Sep 022015

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center 10th Anniversary Celebration and

Paul Robbert: A Retrospective

KBAC Gallery, October 2-30
Opens During Art Hop, October 2,  2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.tree3

Paul Robbert was one of the founders of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and our paper mill, which he engineered, constructed, and installed, is dedicated to him. Paul was a professor in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University from 1957–98. He set up the printmaking department and was instrumental in establishing papermaking into the curriculum. Paul’s award-winning artwork was exhibited across the country and known in many parts of the world.

Paul was dedicated to art from a very young age. His talents ranged from painting to printmaking, and to the art form to which he dedicated much of his last thirty years, papermaking. All phases of his career will be represented in this exhibition, on display in the gallery and throughout the KBAC studios.

Early in his career Robbert began working with paper, he made his own paper mill, and created new processes to form sheets. At the time, hand papermaking was a lost art in this country and much of the process he employed was experimental. He was an innovator in vacuum-formed paper that created a more sculptural effect. Paul found new and creative ways to retrofit ordinary found objects into new equipment for making paper. These invocations are now part of the Paul Robbert Paper Studio at the KBAC.

Join us for this retrospective exhibition of Paul Robbert’s work, from his earliest drawings and paintings through his large handmade paper art, and celebrate 10 years of the KBAC!


Jul 082015

Amongst the Trees: Work by Andrea Peterson and Jon Hook

KBAC Gallery, November 6–27
Opening reception, November 6, 6:00 – 9:00ap1web

Andrea Peterson is an artist and educator based in Laporte, Indiana. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1994 and BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently teaches papermaking and book arts from her studio Hook Pottery Paper and abroad. ap2webShe co-operates Hook Pottery Paper, which is a joint venture with her husband ceramic artist, Jon Hook. At this studio she creates her artwork, conducts paper research and production paper that is sold internationally. She is a 2014/15 grant recipient from the Indiana Arts Commission.

ap3webShe creates paper art works and relief printed images on handmade sheets of paper that have utilized pulp-drawing techniques. She also creates site-specific installation work and book art pieces. She combines these efforts to make works that address human relationship to the environment Most of her work can be found in private collections as a well as corporate collections such as Hollister clothing, Chicago. Her worked has been exhibited internationally such as Deggendorf Museum, Germany, Steyermuhl Paper Museum, Austria, Scoula di Grafica, Venice, Italy; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN, Columbia College Chicago Book and Paper Center, IL, Frankfurt Library, IN; Lubeznik Art Center, Michigan City, IN. She has conducted workshops and lectures at Paper Museum in Steyermuhl, Austria, University Georgia Athens – Cortona, Italy,; Scoula di Grafica, Venice, Italy; University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY; Friends of Dard Hunter national papermaking conferences.

jon2webStudio ceramic artist, Jon Hook, creates sculptural work and functional pottery. Jon‘s work is in numerable private collections. He exhibits his work nationally as well as his own gallery in Laporte, Indiana. He has built his own kiln in which he only fires with wood. The wood firing for Jon is a passion. He finds that wood firing is an intense and industrious process that is invigorating and exciting. It is important to him to live as close in harmony that he can with his surrounding environment. He creates glazes from the ash of his wood stove that heats his studio and collects rain water in barrels to use in the studio. The work that is produced is like no other due to the wood fly ash and plant fiber introduced into the glaze chamber during firing to high temperatures.


Jul 052015

Holiday Sale Call for entries

KBAC Gallery, Dec. 4- 19
Opens During Art Hop, Dec. 4,  2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Artists are invited to participate in our Holiday Sale featuring books of poetry, gifts, papermaking, prints, fiber arts and more.  The sale will open December 4th from 6:00 – 9:00pm during Art Hop and continue through December 18th. Artists of all mediums are welcome to join. The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center takes a 20% commission.




Email confirmation to katie@kalbookarts.org of participation by November 18,

Drop off work between 12 and 5 pm Friday, November 20 and Monday, November 30

Opening December 4th 6-9 pm (remember that your presence boosts sales!)

Closing December 18th

Pick up Monday January 4th through Friday January 8th


Important information:

Please confirm participation by email to katie@kalbookarts.org. When we receive your email we will send you a consignment form and number.

Your art/books/etc. must be clearly priced and your consignment form must be filled out upon drop off of your work. Each piece must be clearly labeled with your consignment number and price.

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center takes 20% commission on all sales. Participants will be paid upon completion of the sale.

All work must be picked up January 4th – 8th unless prior arrangements have been made. The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center reserves the right to property after 30 days.


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