The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that we have received our first Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, to support our 2014-15 Poets in Print reading series. Since 2008 the KBAC has invited over seventy writers to participate in poetry readings in our gallery. In preparation for these events we work with visual artists to prepare letterpress broadsides from movable type, with images created using traditional printmaking techniques. A complete archive of the Poets in Print broadsides can be found on our website. The new NEA grant will allow us to expand the program to include more writers and also to produce limited-edition books.
November Art Hop: contiguity
November 7 – 26
Opening during Art Hop Nov. 7, 6 – 9pm
contiguity references the essential nature of printmaking as a physical act of transferring a trace by direct contact. contiguity invites current BFA in Printmedia majors and alumni to consider this essential aspect of print as they make artwork for the exhibition and invites the viewer/audience to engage in a dialogue with the works exhibited.
Canti di un luogo abbandonato
By Azzurra d’Agostino
Songs of an Abandoned Place
Translation and linocuts by Jeff Abshear
On Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., Jeff will give a bilingual reading of the poems, and show the edition in the gallery.
During the summer of 2014, KBAC Director Jeff Abshear worked at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda, to print the letterpress edition Canti di un luogo abbandonato/Songs of an Abandoned Place, by Azzurra d’Agostino. He translated the poems to English and printed them with four linocut prints, on handmade paper created in the KBAC studio and shipped to Italy.
Fall 2014 Workshops