Jeff Abshear, Executive Director, jeff(@)
Jeff was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Accademia di Belle Arti and studied the history of Italian printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. He teaches book arts each summer to children in Sardinia, Italy. He has a Master of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University’s School of Art where he helped establish a letterpress studio as part of his creative program. He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts and is adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University. He is a founding member of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

Lorrie Grainger Abdo, Administrative Director, lorrie(@)
Lorrie is a graduate of The University of Michigan and Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has worked for a large publishing corporation as well as advertising and design firms focusing on marketing, advertising and design. She is a paper artist working with handmade paper, surface design applications and paper mosaics. She teaches various paper-related classes at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center and at other venues in Michigan and beyond.

Katie Platte, Studio Manager, katie(@)
Katie is a graduate of the Studio Art program at Grand Valley State University. She completed an internship at the Women’s Studio Workshop, an arts organization specializing in printmaking and book arts in Rosendale, New York.

Crystal Shaulis, Intern Coordinator for the KBAC, crystal(@)
Crystal earned her BFA from Western Michigan University. She is an alumnus of KBAC’s own Book Arts in Venice program and has remained with KBAC ever since. Though the focus of her study at Western was painting, she has developed a deep interest in bookbinding and letterpress and shares this knowledge with the local community and beyond.


Board of Directors

Amy Ferguson, President
Linda Kekic, Vice President
Scott MacCallum, Treasurer
Elizabeth C. TeviotdaleSecretary 
Ros Robbert
Allison Walker
JD Dolan
Jill Ongley
J. Alex Schwartz

In Memoriam

Paul Robbert

Paul Robbert

Paul Alvin Robbert — July 2, 1928 – September 22, 2008
Founding member of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Papermaker and Professor of Art; MA in Fine Arts specializing in painting and printmaking, Michigan State University. Paul served on the faculty of Western Michigan University for more than forty years. Following his retirement he remained active in the arts, continuing to produce his own work and was also known as a dedicated mentor and advisor to other artists. As an artist, he was nationally and internationally recognized. His affinity for materials and color eventually led to his exploration of paper as an art form, which he pursued for 30 years. As a faculty member at Western Michigan University he established the papermaking curriculum. Paul inspired many young artists with his experimental approach and spirit. The papermaking area at KBAC is dedicated to him containing much equipment he built himself and used in his studio at Park Trades Center. Please visit to find out more about Paul’s work.

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