Lorrie Grainger Abdo, the KBAC Administrative Director, has taught papermaking, surface design, and bookbinding classes for students of all ages in Michigan and beyond. She was trained in papermaking at Sievers School of Fiber Arts and by the KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert.
Jeff Abshear, Director of the KBAC, was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Accademia di Belle Arti and studied the history of Italian printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. He also teaches book arts each summer to children in Sardinia, Italy.
Marijo Carney, BFA University of Illinois, is a professional calligrapher who has taught calligraphy at KVCC and workshops throughout the US for 35 years. She is the founder of Pen Dragons, has exhibited her work in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions, taught at six international calligraphy conventions and been published often.
Kim Hosken Eberstein received her MFA in painting from Western Michigan University, where she was trained in papermaking by the KBAC cofounder Paul Robbert. She taught in the Battle Creek Public Schools for many years and now teaches for Frostic School of Art at WMU.
Deb Eck is best known in the book binding community for her elaborate exposed bindings which feature elements of traditional embroidery designs and stitching. She discovered book binding during her studies at The University of Buffalo whilst earning her BFA and has been tinkering with book arts in many forms ever since. She calls western New York home and teaches at the Western New York Book Arts Center, Jamestown Community College and elsewhere.
Ali Hansen earned her BFA from Rockford University in printmaking and textiles and her MFA from University of Cincinnati in printmaking. She continued printing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she was an adjunct professor in design until embarking on a 26-year career in the exhibit and display industry. For 5 years (2011-15) Ali was the Executive Director of the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph. Now retired, she has enjoyed reconnecting with printmaking at the KBAC, learning how to set type and produce prints on the letterpress.
Amos P. Kennedy, Jr. (Visiting Artist) is a printer, book artist, and papermaker, who is best known for creating brilliantly-colored letterpress prints that express social and political commentary. Using hand presses, he produces large editions of typographically-driven posters on inexpensive chipboard stock, often layered with many vibrant colors of ink. His bold and challenging prints have been collected by libraries, and he has taught workshops throughout the US, South America, and Europe. In 2009, the feature-length documentary film Proceed and Be Bold, focused on his life and work. In 2015, he was honored as a United States Artists Glasgow Fellow in Crafts.
Elizabeth King is an artist and designer who has worked in a variety of art mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and digital art. She developed encaustigraphics in 2011 while searching for ways to re-purpose her own art and photographs in luminous, colorful forms. Her experiments led to sculptural explorations in this new material, in sizes from one inch to six feet. Her encaustigraphic artworks were recently selected for juried shows at the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and you can view those pieces and more at encaustigraphics.com.
Lisa LeBlanc is a retired educator and calligrapher. She has studied with a variety of nationally and internationally known calligraphic masters, and is skilled in several styles of hand lettering. She has served as President and is now Media Liaison for the Pen Dragons Calligraphy Guild of Kalamazoo.
Carol L. Myers grew up in Baltimore, where she went to nursing school at the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing. Her first job as an RN took her to Ann Arbor, MI. The atmosphere of the college town inspired her to follow her longtime interest in art, first with classes at the Washtenaw Community College and later at the University of Michigan, where she earned her BFA in Printmaking. Since graduation she has mixed art, nursing, marriage and family.
Katie Platte 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. Katie manages the KBAC studio, supervises interns and volunteers, manages the website, and installs exhibitions in the KBAC Gallery. She has supervised the printing of over 100 KBAC Poets in Print broadsides, working with writers and artists to facilitate the collaborations.
Crystal Shaulis, former Intern Coordinator for the KBAC, earned her BFA from Western Michigan University. She is an alumnus from KBAC’s own Book Arts in Venice program and has remained with KBAC ever since. When not at KBAC, you can find her binding books in her studio, Lake Michigan Book Press.