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Book Arts Program

The covers of a book enclose worlds constructed of text and image. To open a book is to expose the intimate details of story, experience and idea. Part of the J. Willard Marriott Library since 1995, the Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations of the book. In our fully equipped studio, bookbinders, printers, and book artists utilize type, letterpress, photo engravings and bookbinding equipment as they combine traditional techniques with modern aesthetics and technology.

The Book Arts Program promotes involvement with the art of the book by facilitating:

  • Academic designations of Minor and Certificate in Book Arts and MFA in Creative Writing & Book Arts which are supported by classes exploring letterpress printing, bookbinding, artists' books, and typography
  • Community Programming for adults and the K-12 community of learners and educators
  • Exhibitions that celebrate and explore both the traditional and innovative arts of the book
  • Studio access for those who have completed foundation courses


Upcoming Workshop!

Image of a marbled paper by Pam Smith

Kitchen Table Paper Marbling
Pamela Smith

June 24-25 
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–6:00
*The application deadline is May 11*
Free spots are limited; please apply here. 

Focusing on creative alternatives to traditional paper marbling, this workshop makes use of low-cost, readily available tools and materials to create quality, decorative papers. Smith, a masterful, traditional craftsperson, demonstrates basic marbling techniques that are repeatable at home. Participants leave with a basic understanding of marbling methods and sample sheets of common patterns. Join us for a fun and thorough introductory experience.

For more information: 
Call 801-585-9191


Studio Hours

Spring Semester

  • Monday: 12:45–9:00
  • Tuesday: 12:00-4:00 & 6:30–9:00
  • Wednesday: 12:45–9:00
  • Thursday: 12:00–4:00 & 6:30–9:00
  • Friday: 10:00–5:00
  • Saturday: 10:00–5:00
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Related Links

Rare Books

Red Butte Press

Special Collections

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