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.
MAPS WORK. SEE. WHY.
KBAC Gallery, Dec 2 – 22
Opens Dec 2, during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Today, texting a single letter implies a word. Taking a road trip requires typing an address into a phone and a voice directs you to the destination. For years, a word was arranged letter by letter. Traveling required pulling over, unfolding the map, finding where you were and where you wanted to go. The journey is the destination.
Jill Jepsen’s current body of work explores the possibilities of type as a visual journey. Repetitive printing, cutting and reorganizing printed matter are studio methods used to create new images. How is the print read? Do they transform, change in character as they move across a surface?
Jepsen received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University with a concentration in painting and printmaking. Her work has been exhibited in many solo, juried and group exhibitions throughout Michigan. Jill currently teaches art courses in the Humanities Department at Washtenaw Community College. In addition to the collage work, Jill also has a letterpress print studio at her home in Ann Arbor.
KBAC Gallery, Feb. 3-24
Opens During Art Hop, Feb. 3, 2017, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Prints and Broadsides created by area elementary and middle school youth will line the walls with color and creativity!
KBAC Gallery, March. 3-24
Opens During Art Hop, March. 3, 2017, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Pen Dragons calligraphy guild originated in 1983. It is a non profit organization whose purpose is to promote the study, appreciation and practice of calligraphy as an art form and to foster a wider appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present day applications through the free interchange of ideas and techniques.
KBAC Gallery, May 5 to 26, 2016
Opens May 5 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Join the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center for our 9th 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.
KBAC Gallery, April, 7 2017
Entries accepted from 4-6 p.m.
Judging at 7 p.m.
Eat the books at 7:05 p.m.
KBAC’s 12th annual Edible Book Festival 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. Visit the pages below to see entries from previous years and to get ideas. Each includes a link to galleries of submissions.