nea-newThe 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.




Linocut from Songs of an Abandoned Place by Jeff Abshear


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.

 This project was funded by a KADI Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the WMU Frostic School of Art, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fall 2014 Workshops


Pulp painting with guest artist Don Widmer

 We’re shaking things up around here with 10 new classes and many new instructors. That makes our Fall Workshop schedule, with 15 classes, the largest and most exciting one ever! The schedule offers Pulp Painting on Handmade Paper with visiting Chicago artist Don Widmer and several brand new classes like Painterly Monotypes, Introduction to Book Repair, and an encaustic adventure called Encaustigraphics. Of course, we’re not forgetting some of our most popular classes like Papermaking, Paper Marbling, Beginning Bookbinding, Image Transfer and Letterpress. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you!


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