From Art Hop to poetry readings, guest artist presentations and exhibits, themed shows, and the annual Edible Books Festival, the KBAC offers a wide array of free public events year round.
Experience the many dimensions of the book arts at the KBAC Gallery. Exhibits showcase individual and group work and feature local, guest, and resident artists’ efforts. Our annual accordion book show draws entries from around the world. View the Gallery page for information about artists and exhibitions coming soon and from past years.
The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center’s Exhibition Committee biannually reviews prospective artists for exhibitions in the gallery. We focus on work relating to books, printmaking, letterpress, papermaking etc. Please submit three .jpg images of your work or link to your website along with a resume and statement of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Exhibition prospectus: your name”.
Join us for the KBAC series Poets in Print presenting exceptional poets from the midwest and beyond. The series, begun in November, 2008, commemorates each reading with editions of broadsides created by KBAC artists featuring works by the poets. Readings start at 7:00 pm. on a Saturday evening and are free and open to the public. Leave time to browse current exhibitions, the broadsides and books by the poets available for purchase and signing.
To receive notices of future readings sign up through Constant Contact in the sidebar. Listings of our guests and the artists creating broadsides since the series began in November 2008 are in our Poets in Print archive. Broadsides are on view in the KBAC Editions Gallery and for sale through the KBAC store.
Each year we showcase other exhibitions and events at the KBAC. In 2009 the KBAC began The Illustrated Accordion, an exhibition presenting the art of accordion style books that attracts an international range of entries. Good Eats, an exhibit about food, calls for submissions representing all that we consider edible. That is a companion to our annual April Fool’s Day Edible Book Festival which invites the community to share edible tributes to books. KBAC Guest Artists exhibitions, lectures and workshops have included Shawn Sheehy, a master of paper folding and pop-up books, and Donna and Peter Thomas, internationally known creators of miniature books and authors of two books on techniques for creating miniature books.