Facility

 

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is located in downtown Kalamazoo Michigan in the Park Trade Center Building, 326 W Kalamazoo Ave, Set 103A. Enter our studio though the middle door on Kalamazoo Ave to participate in a class, see an exhibit or shop in our store. On street metered parking is available. 

Gallery

KBAC gallery and presentation area

KBAC gallery

Our gallery has wall space and flexible display panels to accommodate large work and gallery quality  directional lighting. Pedestals and wall mounted shelving are available. The space doubles as a presentation area with seating for Poets in Print readings and other events.

 

Store

The KBAC Store has a wide variety of book arts items and supplies for sale.

The KBAC Store has a wide variety of book arts items and supplies for sale.

The KBAC Book Arts Store, overlooking the gallery, stocks book arts supplies, paper, journals, broadsides, cards, gifts and more for sale.

Library

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center has a reference library focusing on book arts, papermaking, printmaking, print history, type and letterpress. Please visit our LibraryThing page to view our collection.

 

Studio

KBAC paper making and drying studio

KBAC paper making studio

The papermaking area includes a pulp preparation room with two beaters, cold storage for materials, a sink and storage space for pulp and supplies. Adjacent is a large working area for making paper. 

KBAC printing studio

KBAC printing studio

The “dry” area includes equipment for letterpress; hand typesetting; lithography, relief and intaglio printmaking; bookbinding and other finishing processes. 

Equipment

KBAC print studio Vandercook press

KBAC print studio Vandercook press

Our letterpress studio includes:

  • Chandler Price new style platen press 8 x 12 (ca 1913)
  • Vandercook sp15 (ca 1963)
  • Vandercook Universal III (1964)
  • Kelsey platen press 5 x 8
  • Platen press 6 x 8.5
  • Proofing press (galley height)
  • Lead and wooden type

Printmaking:

  • 2 Dickerson combination presses
  • Litho press and rollers
KBAC papermaking studio beaters

KBAC papermaking studio beaters

Papermaking:

  • 2 1.5 pound valley beaters
  • hydraulic and pump paper presses
  • drying press
  • box molds
  • multiple sizes and shapes of molds and deckles

Bookbinding:

  • Book presses
  • Sewing frames
  • Board shear
  • Foil Stamps
  • Guillotine
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