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2018 Workshops

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Relicensure points for educators are available from the Utah State Board of Education for all workshops. For more information: Email or 801-585-9191. 


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Letterpress Printing: Text + Image
Crane Giamo

June 14 – August 2
Thursdays, 5:30 – 8:30
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$340, register through

Get a handle on what it takes to crank out an edition of gorgeous letterpress prints. This active, eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Guided by the instructor, participants design and produce four individual projects using a variety of relief techniques and matrices including metal and wood type, zinc cuts, linoleum blocks, pressure prints, photopolymer plates, and collagraphs. 
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Crane Giamo bio here


examples of handmade books

Bookmaking: Materials + Structure
Allison Milham

June 19 – July 17
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:30
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$254, register through

This fast-paced, five-week bookmaking venture is an introduction to binding fundamentals. Class participants learn to craft several book structures, including folded forms, non-adhesive bindings, case bindings, and enclosures. Students have the option of binding blank books or incorporating content of their own design. Topics of discussion include studio practices, the selection and utility of various materials, the role of the handmade book, and ways to generate content, but the primary emphasis is on craft.
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Allison Milham bio here


woodcut of wagon printed in green

Gallery Talk with Peter and Donna Thomas 

Thursday, June 21, 5:30 pm
Level 1 lobby, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah
FREE and open to the public


image of intaglio printmaking set up 

Photopolymer Intaglio Printing
Mare Blocker

June 29 & 30
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$205, register here

Throughout this two-day printmaking exploration, Blocker unveils methods for making images on transparencies and presents strategies for photopolymer intaglio printing and registration. Using black or tonal artwork on clear transparencies, participants expose and develop light-sensitive photopolymer plates. By hand-wiping the plates, participants create original intaglio prints using an etching press. This method is suitable for recreating an impression of a photographic image, rather than a highly detailed version, and is ideal for those who want to reduce toxic materials in their studios. Discussion topics include ink, paper, and dampening choices.
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Mare Blocker has been making limited edition and unique books and prints, since 1977 and established the MKimberly Press in 1984 when she bought her first Vandercook 219. Her work can be found in over 85 public collections and museums including the Museum of Women in the Arts, The Victoria and Albert, The University of Washington Special Collections, and The Library of Congress. Blocker is the President of the Book Arts Guild, a regional organization for book artists and enthusiasts. Blocker grew up in the Space Needle's shadow in the Fun Forest, where her artist grandfather sold his screen-printed ephemeral works and paintings. Her first job, at five, was painting trees in her grandfather's landscapes. Blocker has an MFA from the University of Idaho and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.


image of colorful tunnel book with forest animals

Annual Educators' Intensive

Book Arts: Full STEAM Ahead
Annie Boyer, Jazmin Gallegos & Allison Milham

July 12 & 13
Thursday & Friday, 9:00 – 4:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Free spots for educators are limited; please register here

Looking for the opportunity to add an A to STEM? Or maybe some STEM to art teaching? Book Arts is a natural fit for any curriculum, combining kinesthetic learning with the joy of having made something of one's own. A book is a flexible receptacle, a place to make one's mark, a purveyor of thought, and is proven to last longer in a backpack than a worksheet. Join us in exploring opportunities to fulfill science core standards with easy to find materials and no formal art training necessary. By providing straightforward instructions and model lesson plans, this workshop gives educators all the tools to implement book arts teaching into classrooms. Though lesson plans focus on science, the book forms are readily adapted to any subject— all K-12 teachers are encouraged to attend and share ideas. Let's get creative with our interactive foldables!
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Annie Boyer bio here / Jazmin Gallegos bio here / Allison Milham bio here


tools and examples of leather book binding

Leather Binding Fundamentals
Allison Milham & Emily Tipps

July 28
Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$125, register here

Begin the day with a pre-sewn text block and leave with the skills to complete a quarter-leather case binding! This workshop focuses on basic leather edge-paring with a knife and fundamental skills for working with paste and leather. Participants have the opportunity to play with blind tooling on sample maquettes and to pare leather scraps on a Scharf-fix. Depending on individual work flow, some participants may complete the binding during the workshop and others may complete the work at home with provided materials, handouts, and a day of practice.
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Allison Milham bio here / Emily Tipps bio here 



 image of leather bound books

Bound to Travel: Mini Leather Journals
Louona Tanner

Saturday, August 18
1:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$60, register here

Hitch up your horse for a bit and join us for a half-day, journal making hoe-down! Saddle-up to the long-stitch with expert instruction using ruggedly beautiful materials. Each participant leaves with a 4" x 3.5" blank book and the know-how to wrangle hides into book form when ridin' solo.
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Louona Tanner is a calligrapher, book artist, and educator. She has taught bookbinding with The Leonardo, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Arts Council, Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association. Louona taught books with Youth City Artways for eight years prior to its closing. She served as the Book Arts Program's K-12 Education Specialist for twelve years, taking the history of the book into Utah schools and teaching educators how to apply book forms across the curriculum.



let's get digital polymer image

Let's Get Digital on the Letterpress
Crane Giamo, Marnie Powers-Torrey & Amy Thompson

September 7 & 8
Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 & Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$155, register here

Skip the typesetting, bypass the carving, and get digital with current design software and photopolymer plates to letterpress print digitally designed text, illustrations, or halftone images. Come with a text or image and spend the first part of the day in a Marriott Library computer lab learning to create the digital files required for conversion into film negatives. Then, in the afternoon, use these negatives to make a photopolymer plate to print on the letterpress. Meld old and new technologies and depart with a group portfolio of print samples. All levels are welcome— instructors help participants match skill level with appropriate project plans.
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Crane Giamo bio here / Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here / Amy Thompson bio here



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Book as Archive & Enclosure
Alicia Bailey
Cosponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter
of the Guild of Book Workers

October 26 & 27
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$185, register here

Regarding bookwork as interactive sculptural objects, Bailey has developed various ways of adapting traditional binding and structures to create books designed to hold dimensional objects. In this workshop, participants create two books to showcase and house both dimensional objects and flat artifacts. With great flexibility at the spine and sturdy, rigid pages, these books work well when handled or displayed as traditional book forms or as sculptural objects. Bring personal images and artifacts to build enclosures that are sculptural narratives or archives of memory.
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Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts, box constructions and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists' books, sculptural books and limited-edition books that incorporate a broad range of methods and materials. She is particularly interested in box and bookworks that include elements beyond surface printed images and text; that move beyond traditional book forms and embrace presentation flexibility, innovative page folding tactics, rigid-page construction and use of alternative materials. Her work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private, and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.



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Annual PRINTappreciation & Open House

December 6
Thursday, 4:00 – 8:00

Free and open to the public—just drop by!

Come help the Book Arts Program celebrate 2018 and look forward to 2019! Warm up with some paper folding and make a couple of books with provided materials. Print a free letterpress card with the option to print an edition of three for $10. Enjoy light refreshments at the opening reception of the annual student exhibition Booking A Brouhaha. Shop for some printed goods for those on your holiday list. It's one-stop book arts fun—we hope to see you there! 







intaglio image

Upcoming Workshop:
Photopolymer Intaglio Printing with Mare Blocker!

Register here!

Studio Hours

Summer 2018 Semester

June 15 – August 3 

  • Monday – Wednesday:
    2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday:
    2:00 pm –  5:30 pm
  • Friday & Saturday:
    10:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Click here for complete hours including studio closures and holidays.

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