Special Events


The Illustrated Accordion

Peter and Donna Thomas 2010 entry, "Illustrated Accordion"

Peter and Donna Thomas 2010 entry, “Illustrated Accordion”

Each year the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) sponsors a non-juried exhibition The Illustrated Accordion, showing in the KBAC Gallery in late spring. Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form. All media, variations, and interpretations of this style of book are accepted and included in the exhibition.

See previous year’s entries in our Flickr galleries:

KBAC 2014 Illustrated Accordion, May 2-30, 2014 (entries being added as they arrive)
KBAC 2013 Illustrated Accordion, May 3-24, 2013
KBAC 2012 Illustrated Accordion, May 4 – 25, 2012
KBAC 2011 Illustrated Accordion, May 6 – 27, 2011
KBAC 2010 Illustrated Accordion, May 2 – 30, 2010

KBAC Good Eats exhibition

KBAC Good Eats exhibition

Good Eats:
An Exhibit About Food

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center presents an annual juried exhibition Good Eats: An Exhibit About Food. From Dutch still-life paintings to Campbell’s soup cans, our obsession with food is a readymade subject for art! The exhibition features two-dimensional works of art—fine prints, paintings, and collages—that incorporate food in their subject.


The Edible Book Festival

The KBAC Edible Book Festival is part of an international April Fools celebration of the art of the book. It happens each year at libraries and book arts centers around the world, with participants in 18 countries including Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia.

The entries are beyond description so visit our Edible Book Gallery. For information on Edible Book events elsewhere visit the International Edible Book site.

Guest Artists

Acclaimed artists bring their talents from the many corners of the country to the KBAC to present demonstrations, lectures, exhibits, and special classes. With them, we have learned how to make mono prints with silicone caulk, the art of the pop-up book, and the history of miniature books, just to name a few. Don’t miss out on these special opportunities to connect with amazing artists, writers, and scholars. Read about the guest artists and events we’ve had in past years in our Guest Artists archive.


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