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.
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.
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.
Katie Platte, the KBAC Studio Coordinator, 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, 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.