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.
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.
The KBAC Book Arts Store, overlooking the gallery, stocks book arts supplies, paper, journals, broadsides, cards, gifts and more for sale.
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.
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.
The “dry” area includes equipment for letterpress; hand typesetting; lithography, relief and intaglio printmaking; bookbinding and other finishing processes.
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
- 2 Dickerson combination presses
- Litho press and rollers
- 2 1.5 pound valley beaters
- hydraulic and pump paper presses
- drying press
- box molds
- multiple sizes and shapes of molds and deckles
- Book presses
- Sewing frames
- Board shear
- Foil Stamps