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January

image of artists' books

The Artists' Book I & II
Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

January 8 – April 23
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:05 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$460

Artists' books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists' books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. Each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artist's books as a final project to be exhibited in a class show. Space is limited to 6 participants.
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Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here / Emily Tipps bio here

 

March

image of books

DROP-IN SESSION
Bookmaking Blitz: Fold, Flap, and Pop!

March 31
Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00

Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library. Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to stop by, get your hands dirty, see our community makerspace, and try a new technique. Bring a friend to explore one of the many facets of book arts. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.

 

April

Film Screening: Making Faces
and Q & A with guest artist Richard Kegler

Thursday, April 12, 5:30 pm
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library
FREE and open to the public

image of modular type

Modular Typography: Building Letters on the Press
Richard Kegler

April 13 & 14
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$195

Using eight basic shapes and a consistent grid, participants manufacture experimental type on multiple flatbed presses. Kegler guides participants in designing and producing collaborative posters from assembled typographic scaffolding to build letters and erect words. The resulting varied edition is a construct of patterns and layers of color—a typographic mind map of the creators. Participants learn the basics of letterpress and problem solving while exploring the generative constraints of P22 Blox.
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Richard Kegler is the lead designer and founder of P22 Type Foundry. His background in typography and book arts includes ventures in bookbinding and letterpress printing. The historical context and physicality of type continue to be his greatest interest and shape the evolution of P22 in digital and analog projects. Kegler is currently the director at Wells Book Arts Center in Aurora, NY, a trustee for the American Printing History Association (APHA), and is former chairman of the board for the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). He has a master's degree in Media Study and produced the Making Faces documentary film as a culmination of his interests and experience.

 

litho

Paper Plates & Oil Paints: Low-tech Litho
Allyn Hart

April 28
Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$60

Come with paper plates and leave with a feast of colorful prints! Paper lithography is an immediate way to create delicious monoprints. In this workshop, participants learn to prep and print from black & white toner images (photocopies). Though a straightforward process that is readily accomplished at home, paper litho takes some practice to master. With a tried and true recipe and technical tips for cooking up successful prints, head chef Hart opens her creative kitchen to printers of all skill levels. Finished prints are housed in a simple book structure and/or saved as ingredients for another creative dish!
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Allyn Hart has been an artist since childhood. She holds a BFA and MFA in Fine Arts and has taught at the University of Utah in Drawing, Design, Sculpture and Art Appreciation. She uses printmaking, sewing, drawing, and painting to produce intricate monoprints, just one of the art forms that make up her extensive portfolio.

 

May

making paper
DROP-IN SESSION
Papermaking: Make a Sheet, Take a Sheet

May 12
Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00

Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library. Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to stop by, get your hands dirty, see our community makerspace, and try a new technique. Bring a friend to explore one of the many facets of book arts. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.

 

book repair image

Book Repair for At-home Curators
Christopher McAfee

May 16, May 23, May 30, June 13, June 20
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$244

This course hones foundational skills in book conservation and then moves beyond the basics. Topics of discussion include reasons for performing, or not performing, conservation treatments, how to determine the best treatment options for specific damaged books while also considering the ethics of performing those treatments. As students perform conservation treatments, they learn about appropriate conservation materials, adhesives used by conservators, and the tools of the trade. Students leave with a minimum of two treatments, a basic kit of conservation tools, and the skills needed to complete repairs at home.
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Instructor Christopher McAfee received a BFA in printmaking in 1993 from Brigham Young University (BYU) where he was first introduced to bookbinding. In 1995, he received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he developed an interest in book conservation. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. He is currently Head Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at BYU.

 

book

Artist Lecture

Daniel E. Kelm

Thursday, May 31, 5:30 pm
Rare Book Classroom (inside the Book Arts Studio), J. Willard Marriott Library
FREE and open to the public

 

June

wire edge binding

The Book Restructured: Wire-Edge Binding
Daniel E. Kelm

June 1 & 2
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$215

The range of books being produced today by artists is truly remarkable. Some diverge wildly from traditional book forms, others play with slight variations. Nontraditional books (e.g., books with thick pages, or books that are sculptural) may require the use of a material or movement not possible with conventional structures. Wire-edge hinging grew out of just such a challenge. This binding configuration utilizes a thin metal wire along the hinging edge of each page. The metal wire is exposed at regular intervals, creating knotting stations where thread attaches one page to the next. The result is a binding that opens exceptionally well and provides the option of producing unusual shapes. This workshop presents various wire-edge structures useful for books, enclosures, and articulated sculpture. Participants produce both a simple codex and an accordion model that forms a tetrahedron. All levels of experience are welcome.

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Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He is known for his innovative structures as well as his traditional work. In the mid-1980s, Daniel invented a style of bookbinding called wire-edge binding in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture. His expression as an artist emerges from the integration of work in science and the arts. Alchemy is a common theme in his bookwork. Daniel received formal training in chemistry and taught at the University of Minnesota and is known for his extensive knowledge of materials. Daniel teaches widely, and founded the Garage Annex School for Book Arts (GAS) in 1990. Most recently, with long-time collaborator Timothy Ely, Daniel co-delivered a lecture on The Alchemy of the Handmade Book at the Getty Center as a complement to the exhibition The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts. Examples of Kelm's use of wire edge binding can be seen at danielkelm.com.

 

letterpress image

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

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

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

peter and donna

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

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.

 

July

book

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

 

leather binding

Leather Binding Fundamentals
Allison Milham & Emily Tipps

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

$125

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

 

August

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

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.

 

September

let's get digital

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

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 day in a Marriott Library computer lab learning to create the digital files required for conversion into film negatives. Then, on day two, 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

 

October

images of instructor's work

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

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.

January

examples of artists books

The Artists' Book I & II 
Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

January 10–April 25
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$460

Artists' books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists' books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. Each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artist's books as a final project to be exhibited in a class show. Space is limited to 6 participants.
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Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here / Emily Tipps bio here

 

February 

example of relief blocks and prints

Drop-in Session
Relief Printing on Fabric with guest artist Claire Taylor

February 18
Saturday 1:00–5:00
Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library! These Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and try some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend to explore these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.

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Working in letterpress, drawn and water-based media, Claire Taylor is influenced by her encounters with wildlife. Her work investigates animal intelligence and human animality. She holds a BFA in fine art with a printmaking emphasis and is pursuing her MS in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Formerly she worked as the Studio Manager of the Book Arts Program and Head Printer for the Red Butte Press. She has exhibited her work internationally.

 

March

detail of laser engraved wood block

Let's Get Digital: Lasers + Letterpress
Crane Giamo & Allison Milham

March 4 & March 11
Saturdays, 10:00–5:00
$200

Skip the typesetting, bypass the carving, and get digital using current design software and laser-engraved woodblocks to print illustrations and halftone images. This workshop melds old and new technologies, with a focus on basic skills in digital design and letterpress printing. Spend the first day in the Marriott Library computer lab learning to design, edit, and prepare your digital files for output to the laser cutter. Then, the following Saturday, learn how to print your laser-engraved woodblock using our Vandercook proof presses. Leave with a portfolio of work from your classmates and your own edition of 10 prints. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Crane Giamo bio here / Allison Milham bio here

 

encaustic panel
Exploring Wax: Encaustic Techniques
Stacy Phillips

March 24 & 25
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–5:00
$210

Phillips guides students in basic and advanced encaustic techniques as they create works rich in layers and transparency. This workshop covers color application, methods of fusing, image transfers, mark making, pigment sticks, pastels, graphite, collage, equipment, history, and safety. Experimentation is encouraged—being open to possibilities sparks creativity and warms the wax! Come with an open and curious mind and leave with a tool box of ideas to continue developing demonstrated techniques. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Stacy Phillips has lived in Utah since 1987. She was born in California and has lived all over the United States. As a full-time studio artist for fifteen years, Stacy actively explores painting and sculpture. Her work is driven by the combination of color, texture, and the infinite possibilities of mark making. Her work is represented by Trove Gallery in Park City.

 

April

 book form samples

Educators' Half-day: Bookmaking in Your Classroom
Sara Jensen & Allison Milham

April 1
Saturday, 9:00–1:00
Free spots for educators are limited

Making books is a great way to engage students in their learning while practicing fine motor skills, encouraging creative expression, and supporting literacy. In this workshop, educators learn variations of three simple book forms—accordion, single sheet books, and the diamond fold—to share with their students. Teachers leave the workshop with an array of samples, printed instructions, and lesson plans that support continued bookmaking in the classroom. Space is limited to 24 participants.
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Sara Jensen bio here / Allison Milham bio here

 

books showing gold tooling

Tooling Around: Intro to Gold Finishing
Samuel Feinstein

April 7 & 8
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–5:00
$240

Focusing on straight lines and using B.S. glaire to affix the gold, students learn the fundamentals of blind and gold tooling on leather. Line-work, prevalent in both traditional and contemporary designs, is a basic yet versatile skillset, allowing the practitioner to build custom designs from foundational elements. Both beginners and those with existing skills are welcome. With a goal of familiarization and preparation for further practice, this workshop provides the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills. Students work on practice and final plaquettes using the covered techniques. Additional decorative tools can be explored within a limited scope. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Samuel Feinstein trained formally at the North Bennet Street School program under Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley. Since graduating in 2012 he has been in private practice specializing in fine bindings, luxury clamshell boxes, new bindings in period style, and gold finishing for other binders.

 

people making paper

Drop-in Session
Papermaking: Make a Sheet, Take a Sheet

April 22
Saturday 1:00–5:00
Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library! These Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and try some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend to explore these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.

 

May

examples of end bands
Means to an End(band): A Binder's Box of Recipes
Emily Tipps

May 6
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
$65

Do you want your books to be a little more gourmet? Endbands contribute to the structure, functionality, and visual presentation of a book. In this workshop, participants cook up a smorgasbord of these sewn beauties—from traditional fare to modern delights. The BAP provides the ingredients and instruction, all you need is a taste for the details and the desire to sample something new! Participants sew two or more endbands during this half-day workshop, and leave with a handy box of six endband recipe cards and the necessary supplies to complete the set. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Emily Tipps bio here

 

image of antique printing press
Hand-press Printing: 4-up with a Side of Bearers
Marnie Powers-Torrey

May 19 & 20
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–5:00
$190

Interested in learning to print the super old-fashioned way? Join a small group of printers in setting the "table" with roller and platen bearers and serving up some short-order printing with fine press flair. On an iron hand-press, participants produce a collaborative booklet that dishes up some post-millennial perspective on the power of the platen. The goal is a sheet printed 4-up, but the emphasis is on press set up, make-ready, and inking rather than a polished product. No plates—rediscover the value of well-set type and a well-balanced platen. Space is limited to 8 participants.
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Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here

 

examples of handmade paper
Papermaking: Fiber + Formation
Allison Milham

May 16–June 13
Tuesdays, 5:30–8:30
$244

This fast-paced, five-week course is a venture into the fundamentals of hand papermaking. Topics include fiber selection and processing, western-style sheet formation, and experimental techniques ranging from pulp painting and stencil printing to sculptural applications using overbeaten fibers. Participants leave with a sample book of handmade sheets and an array of papers to be used for printing, bookmaking, collage, letter-writing or other creative applications. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Allison Milham bio here

 

June

example of girdle book

Historical Constraints: Examining the Girdle Book
Pamela Spitzmueller

June 1–3
Thursday-Saturday, 10:00–5:00

Co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

On their journeys, medieval religious travelers often carried a personal text which could be attached to a belt or girdle. The defining features of a girdle book include wooden boards covered with soft deerskin, a sewn binding on double cords, an extended skirt terminating in a decorative knot or hook for attachment, and a clasp closure. In this workshop, the instructor discusses historical models and participants construct a small girdle book. Space is limited to 10 participants.
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Pamela Spitzmueller has worked full-time as a rare book conservator for more than 30 years, having recently retired from her position as the Needham Chief Conservator in the Harvard Library. Pam describes herself as a student of book binding history, of books as old as the first books and as recent as yesterday: engaged in the many, many branches that form the lineage of bookbinding and its structural travels. She worked at the Library of Congress and was Head Conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries before taking her position at Harvard.

 

examples of handmade books

Drop-in & Print Session
Bookmaking Blitz: Fold, Flap, and Pop!

June 17
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library! These Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and try some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend to explore these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.

 

students using letterpress printing presses

Letterpress Printing: Text + Image
Crane Giamo

June 8–July 27
Thursdays, 5:30–8:30

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 tools including metal and wood type, zinc cuts, linoleum blocks, pressure prints, photopolymer plates, and collagraphs. Space is limited to 15 participants.

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Crane Giamo bio here

 

image of old book and tools to repair it

Simple Book Repairs for At-home Curators
Christopher McAfee

June 28, July 5, July 19, July 26, August 2
Wednesdays, 5:30–8:30

This course explores basic methods of book conservation as well as the reasons for performing, or not performing, conservation treatments. The class works together to determine the best treatment options for specific damaged books while also considering the ethics of performing those treatments. As students perform conservation treatments, they learn about appropriate conservation materials, adhesives used by conservators, and the tools of the trade. Students leave with a minimum of two treatments, a basic kit of conservation tools, and foundational knowledge to complete basic repairs at home. Space is limited to 15 participants.

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Instructor Christopher McAfee received a BFA in printmaking in 1993 from Brigham Young University (BYU) where he was first introduced to bookbinding. In 1995, he received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he developed an interest in book conservation. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. He is currently Head Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at BYU.

July

picture of letterpress printed single-sheet book

One for the Books:
Non-traditional Letterpress Techniques

Jessica Peterson

July 14 & 15
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
$200

Letterpress printing and typography are often bound with rigid procedures and constraints. This workshop provides the opportunity to explore non-traditional letterpress printing techniques by intelligently bending the rules in order to prompt creative design possibilities. On flatbed presses, students print from DIY printing plates including pressure prints and collagraphs. Pushing the constraints of metal and wood type, students explore how letters can be both image and text. Discussion includes the role that ink color, paper type, registration and mark-making play in the design of unique letterpress prints. Students leave with an edition of an eight-page artists' book printed as a single printer's sheet. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Jessica Peterson is a book artist, letterpress printer, and graphic designer. She is the owner and printer at The Southern Letterpress in New Orleans, where she provides letterpress artwork, products, and printing to the Southeastern United States. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

image of accordion book
Educators' Intensive:
Dive into Books as a Teaching Strategy
Paulette Rosen

July 17 & 18
Monday & Tuesday, 10:00 – 5:00

Join us for a deep exploration of the accordion and pamphlet structures and their pedagogical possibilities. Rosen delves into the visual and fine motor experience of bookmaking through eight lesson plans that are readily adapted to all abilities, ages, and curricula. Participants create books that facilitate sequential thinking in images and words. Through discussion and shared examples, the class discovers the relationship between book structure and content. Participants leave the workshop with a veritable ocean of samples, printed instructions, and lesson plans that map the way for continued bookmaking in the classroom. Space is limited to 24 participants.

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Paulette Rosen is an artist and bookbinder living in Hamden, Connecticut. She graduated with a BS in Arts and Media (1976) and an MA in Child and Family Studies (1980) from the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit. After working as an early childhood specialist from 1981–1990, she returned to making art and bookbinding. She currently teaches book arts at the Hartford Arts School, as well as the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven where she serves as head of the Book Arts Department. Paulette has taught classes and workshops to children and adults from ages 5 - 75, including teachers. Her artists' books are in many collections including Yale University Arts Library, Trinity College Watkinson Library, Connecticut College Shain Library, and the Library of the Boston Athenaeum.

August

examples of handmade books

Making Short Work of the Long-Stitch
Emily Tipps

August 5
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
$65, register here / K-12 educators may apply for a scholarship here (deadline to apply: July 14)

A multi-signature, non-adhesive binding with exposed sewing on the spine, the long-stitch structure is relatively quick and simple to bind; yet once the basics are learned, limitless creative interpretations are possible. This workshop teaches the basic long-stitch technique and demonstrates how high-quality materials, used thoughtfully, increase the tactile and visual impression of a hand-bound book. Participants incorporate a leather spine, handmade paper covers, hand-colored linen thread, and decorative endsheets to create an elegant variation of the versatile long-stitch binding. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Emily Tipps bio here

 

example of tools for making decorative paper

Drop-in Session
Paper Decoration: Suminagashi + Pastepaper

Saturday • August 19
1:00 – 5:00pm
FREE and no registration necessary—Just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library! These Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and try some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend to explore these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+. 

November

 

Annual Printappreciation

November 10
Friday, 2:30 – 7:30,
just drop by!
$4 for 1 card; $10 for 3 cards

Come help the Book Arts Program celebrate letterpress printing! With a variety of printing plates and type locked-up on the presses, guest printers (that's you!) can create cards from modular elements overprinted to match individual taste. We invite the public to drop in and print as many cards as time or wallet will allow at $4/card or 3 for $10.00.

January

The Artists' Book I & II 
Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

January 13–April 28 
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30 
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Artists' books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists' books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. Each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artist's books as a final project to be exhibited in a class show.
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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College's Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and faculty mentor for minor and certificate students in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists' books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, printing with a staff of excellent printers. Marnie is a founding member of the College Book Arts Association, and her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist's books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily's work is exhibited and held in collections nationally. 

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

February 

 No events are scheduled at this time

 

March

NEW! Drop-in & Print Sessions: Paper Litho & Gelatin Printing
Allyn Hart & Marnie Powers-Torrey

March 19
Saturday 1:00-5:00pm
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
Free and no application necessary—just drop by!

Come by the Book Arts Studio to pull a sheet or make a print! Our Drop-in & Print Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and experiment with some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend and come ready to try out these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary! Must be 16+.

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Allyn Hart has been an artist since childhood. She holds a BFA and MFA in Fine Arts and has taught at the University of Utah in Drawing, Design, Sculpture and Art Appreciation. She uses printmaking, sewing, drawing, and painting to produce intricate monoprints, just one of the art forms that make up her extensive portfolio.

Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College's Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and faculty mentor for minor and certificate students in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists' books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, printing with a staff of excellent printers. Marnie is a founding member of the College Book Arts Association, and her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.


letterpress image from photo polymer plates

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

March 26 & April 2
Saturdays, 9:00-5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4 
$224

Skip the typesetting, bypass the carving, and get digital with current design software and photopolymer plates to print digitally designed type, illustrations, and halftone images. Spend the first day in the Marriott Library computer lab learning to create the image files required for conversion into film negatives. Then, the following Saturday, use these negatives to make a photopolymer plate from which you will print your work on a letterpress. Meld old and new technologies, and depart with a group portfolio of imaginative work.
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Crane Giamo is the studio manager and faculty instructor in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, and the lead printer for Red Butte Press. He is the co-founder of Delete Press, a poetry publishing outfit for which he works as letterpress printer, bookbinder, and papermaker. Crane's own artist books can be located under the imprint Pocalypstic Editions. He holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, and an MA in Poetics from the University at Buffalo.

Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College's Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and faculty mentor for minor and certificate students in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists' books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, printing with a staff of excellent printers. Marnie is a founding member of the College Book Arts Association, and her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. 
For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.
Register through continue.utah.edu/lifelong.

 

April

encaustic panel by stacy phillips

For the Love of Wax: Painting with Encaustics
Stacy Phillips

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

Phillips guides students in basic and advanced encaustic techniques as they create works rich in layers and transparency. This workshop covers color application, methods of fusing, image transfers, mark making, pigment sticks, pastels, graphite, collage, equipment, history, and safety. Experimentation is encouraged—being open to possibilities sparks creativity and warms the wax! Come with an open and curious mind and leave with a tool box of ideas to continue developing demonstrated techniques.

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Stacy Phillips has lived in Utah since 1987. She was born in California and has lived all over the United States. As a full-time studio artist for fifteen years, Stacy actively explores painting and sculpture. Her work is driven by the combination of color, texture, and the infinite possibilities of mark making. Her work is represented by Trove Gallery in Park City.

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


 

NEW! Drop-in & Print Sessions: Papermaking: Make A Sheet, Take a Sheet
Allison Milham

April 15
Friday, 5:00-9:00pm
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
Free and no application necessary—just drop by!

Come by the Book Arts Studio to pull a sheet or make a print! Our Drop-in & Print Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and experiment with some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend and come ready to try out these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary! Must be 16+.

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Allison Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Press. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University, CA (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012). She has taught book arts and printmaking at the college level for the past five years and is currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress.

 

May

detail of long and link stitch binding

Bookmaking: Materials + Structure
Allison Milham

May 19—June 16
Thursdays, 5:00–8:00 
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$244

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 Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Press. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University, CA (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012). She has taught book arts and printmaking at the college level for the past five years and is currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Booklyn in NYC.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.
For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.
$244, register through continue.utah.edu/lifelong


NEW! Drop-in & Print Sessions: Relief Printing on Fabric
Claire Taylor

May 21
Saturday, 1:00-5:00pm
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
Free and no application necessary—just drop by!

Come by the Book Arts Studio to pull a sheet or make a print! Our Drop-in & Print Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and experiment with some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend and come ready to try out these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary! Must be 16+.

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Working in letterpress, drawn and water-based media, Claire Taylor is influenced by her encounters with wildlife. Her work investigates animal intelligence and human animality. She holds a BFA in fine art with a printmaking emphasis and is pursuing her MS in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Formerly she worked as the Studio Manager of the Book Arts Program and Head Printer for the Red Butte Press. She has exhibited her work internationally.


sample of printing processes

Up-cycled Stories: Books as Process
Julianna Christie, Marnie Powers-Torrey & Emily Tipps

May 28 
Saturday, 10:00–6:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4 

Bring a personally challenging story to retell in a new light or a daily routine to reconsider and reframe. With a focus on finding joy and beauty in the everyday, participants stamp out insecurities, recontextualize shortcomings, and re-imagine the self in book form. In this active workshop, employ ink, brushes, stamps, mark-making tools, text, and re-collected common objects to produce process pages. Through a reimagining of the past, reinvent present perspective with an open heart, mind, and eyes toward gratitude and compassion. Instructors demonstrate a binding to be completed post-workshop from produced sheets. Come with a willingness to play with color, shape, narrative, and texture.

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Julianna Christie graduated from Wellesley College and holds a BA in English Literature and Studio Art, with an emphasis in bookmaking. Upon graduating, she worked at the Center for Book Arts and Granary Books in New York City. She has been making books for over 20 years, with books held in Special Collections libraries at Wellesley College and Harvard. She incorporates collage, photography, sewing and love into her books. Julianna is also a life coach, specializing in personal growth and transformation. In her coaching, she invites clients to explore the art of storytelling, using words and imagery to examine and ultimately re-conceive a happy life.

Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College's Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for minor and certificate students in Book Arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists' books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is the Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and an Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artists' books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily's work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

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

June

calligraphy and painted page by Louona Tanner

Word as Gesture: The Expressive Brush & Pen 
Louona Tanner

June 10—11
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–6:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4 

Explore expressively painted pages and discover the power of the calligraphic stroke to create unusual compositional elements. Using sumi and walnut ink, gesso, and watercolor, participants fill book spreads with layers of color, producing surprising results. Tanner introduces several basic and useful alphabets and gives participants the license to use unexpected tools to dramatically twist and turn letter forms. Watch the letters come alive and reveal the beauty of their repetition and form, and then bind the completed sheets into a book. This course is open to all levels from accomplished calligraphers to first-time painters and binders. Join us for a combination of color, brush marks, personal style, and fun! 

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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 12 years, taking the history of the book into Utah schools and teaching educators how to apply book forms across the curriculum.

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


letterpress flyer

Letterpress Printing: Text + Image
Crane Giamo

June 14—August 2
Tuesdays, 5:00—8:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4 
$340

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 several individual projects using a variety of relief techniques and tools including metal and wood type, zinc cuts, linoleum blocks, pressure prints, photopolymer plates, and collagraphs.

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Crane Giamo is the studio manager and faculty instructor in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, and the lead printer for Red Butte Press. He is the co-founder of Delete Press, a poetry publishing outfit for which he works as letterpress printer, bookbinder, and papermaker. Crane's own artist books can be located under the imprint Pocalypstic Editions. He holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, and an MA in Poetics from the University at Buffalo.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.
For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.
Register here.


marbled paper by pam smilth

Kitchen Table Paper Marbling
Pamela Smith

June 24—25
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–6:00 
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

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.

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Pamela Smith launched her marbling career forty years ago. She was the founder and proprietress/curator of The Press of the Palace of the Governors (living museum) in Santa Fe, NM. Her editioned marbled papers, MarbleSmith Papers, are used by book artists throughout the country.

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

 

July

flagbook by Karen Hanmer

All Shook Up: Text & Image in Flag Books 
Karen Hanmer

July 7 
Thursday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4 

The foundation of Hedi Kyle's deceptively small and simple book flag book structure is an accordion folded spine. Flaps attached to both sides of each of the spine's mountain folds allow the artist to fragment and layer a number of complementary or contrasting images and narratives. When the flag book spine is pulled fully open, the fragmented images on the flaps come together to create a large, panoramic image. Participants experiment with complementary and contrasting text and images and discuss the effects of different spine and page dimensions, direction of motion, and which images are most successful. Students learn a tidy, non-adhesive method of covering boards and use a jig to facilitate quicker, more precise assembly. While this is not a computer class, digital printing and setting up Photoshop templates for pages, covers and spines is demonstrated.

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Karen Hanmer's artist books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Solo exhibition venues include Florida Atlantic University, University of the West of England Bristol, and the Center for Book Arts (NYC). Curated exhibition venues include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University's Fogg Museum of Art, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft; and traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers (US), Designer Bookbinders (UK) the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists' Guild, and Les Amis de la Reliure d'Art du Canada.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.
For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.
Apply here.


leather binding by Karen Hanmer

Streamlined Style for Contemporary Leather Bindings 
Karen Hanmer

July 8 & 9
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–6:00 
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Learn a variety of decorative techniques for use on leather bindings. These techniques require minimal equipment and modest leatherworking skill, and some can also be applied to cloth or paper. Demonstrated methods include: backpared onlays, inlaid lines, stamping texture into leather, feathered onlays, Lacunose (abstract sanded leather collage), craquele, various inlay techniques, laminating a paper illustration for use as an inlay, various methods of creating sculptural boards, transfer of computer-printed onlay shapes from paper to leather, and laser printing on leather. Students' completed set of four goatskin plaquettes together with a detailed handout are valuable reference for future projects. See examples of the techniques covered in this workshop here. Note: This is not an entry-level leather-working course. Students should have some experience with edge-paring and forming leather corners.

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Karen Hanmer's artist books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer exhibits widely, and her work is included in collections ranging from Tate Britain and the Library of Congress to UCLA and Graceland. Solo exhibition venues include Florida Atlantic University, University of the West of England Bristol, and the Center for Book Arts (NYC). Curated exhibition venues include the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University's Fogg Museum of Art, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft; and traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers (US), Designer Bookbinders (UK) the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists' Guild, and Les Amis de la Reliure d'Art du Canada.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.
For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.
Apply here. 


Bookmaking for Every Classroom (Educators' Intensive)
Sara Jensen, Allison Milham & Emiline Twitchell

July 13 & 14
Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4 

Teachers looking for new ways to present core concepts and skills are in for a treat! This workshop serves up a variety of simple book forms and methods for adding content, and all ingredients are readily available in the teachers' prep room or local craft store. To sweeten the deal, participants have the opportunity to taste test all techniques and leave with a delectable sampler. With the provided instructions, lesson ideas, and templates, teachers can bring these bookmaking activities back into classroom to use as effective learning tools across all curricula.

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Sara Jensen is the K-12 Education Specialist for the Book Arts Studio at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. She teaches the history of the book and basic bookmaking to K-12 classes across Utah. Sara is an experienced bookbinder and printmaker, holds a BA in English from the University of Utah and is currently working towards her Book Arts Certificate.

Allison Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Press. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University, CA (2006); and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012). She has taught book arts and printmaking at the college level for the past five years and is currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Booklyn in NYC.

Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She works in the preservation world as a book and paper conservator for the Church History Library. Her experience working five years for the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library gave her proficiency in bookbinding, typography and book design, community outreach, and exhibitions. She loves time on a letterpress, dingbats, and the repetition of edition work. Her work is held in collections and exhibited nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.
For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.
Apply here.


NEW! Drop-in & Print Sessions: Cyanotype and Experimental Ink Techniques
Michelle Macfarlane & Becky Thomas

July 16
Saturday, 1:00-5:00pm
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
Free and no application necessary—just drop by!

Come by the Book Arts Studio to pull a sheet or make a print! Our Drop-in & Print Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and experiment with some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend and come ready to try out these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary! Must be 16+.

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Michelle Macfarlane received her B.A. in English and French from Brigham Young University, studied photography in Paris with the Parsons School of Design, and received her M.A. in English from the University of Utah. She also recently completed her certificate of Book Arts at the University of Utah where she is currently working on a Modular MFA in Creative Writing and Book Arts.

Becky Thomas in a long-time denizen of the Book Arts Studio, having worked, taught, and volunteered there for over ten years. She's currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing/Book Arts at the University of Utah. She likes getting her hands dirty.

 

August

woodcut by Keiji Shinohara

The Practice of Ukiyo-e Woodblock  
Keiji Shinohara

August 5-6
Friday & Saturday, 10:00-6:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Leave the brayers, pallet knives, rag papers, and presses behind, and journey eastward. With brushes and barrens, master printmaker Shinohara guides participants gently through the traditional Ukiyo-e technique of woodblock printing on Japanese papers. As new practitioners, participants have time to carve small, simple blocks using one or two colors. The focus of the workshop is on observance and practice of process rather than on a producing a masterful print.

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Keiji Shinohara was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. After 10 years as an apprentice to the renowned Keiichiro Uesugi in Kyoto, he became a Master Printmaker and moved to the United States. Shinohara's nature-based abstractions are printed on handmade kozo paper using water-based pigment onto woodblocks in the ukiyo-e style–the traditional Japanese printmaking method dating to 600 CE. Though Shinohara employs ancient methods in creating his woodblock prints, he also diverges from tradition by experimenting with ink application and different materials to add texture to his prints. He is currently teaching printmaking at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and has been a visiting artist at over 100 venues and 30 solo shows. He has received grants from the Japan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and his work is in many public collections, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Library of Congress.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.
For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.
Apply here. The application deadline is June 22.

November

PA logo
Print Appreciation Drop-in Session!
November 11, 1:00PM-8:00PM

J. Willard Marriott Library, Book Arts Studio, Level 4

Come help the Book Arts Program celebrate letterpress printing! With a variety of printing plates and type locked-up on the presses, guest printers (that's you!) can create cards from modular elements overprinted to match individual taste. We invite the public to drop in and print as many cards as time or wallet will allow at $5/card or $3 for $10.00.

JANUARY

The Artist’s Book I & II
Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

January 13–April 28
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$460

Artists’ books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists’ books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. Each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artist's books as a final project to be exhibited in a class show.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

FEBRUARY

No events scheduled at this time.

MARCH

Experimental Papermaking Helen Hiebert

March 20 & 21 Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Sculpture Studio, Department of Art & Art History, Art and Architecture Building; and Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$195

Handmade paper is a wonderful, lightweight material perfect for creating low relief and three-dimensional objects. Spend Friday placing embedded wire, string, and reed between wet sheets of high-shrinkage abaca and return the next day to find it magically transformed into dry, structural paper shapes for building. Further manipulate the dry sheets into forms ranging from lamps and lanterns to sculptural wonders. Experiment with glue, thread, wire and other fasteners to craft unique paper objects to take home.

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Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, and artist books using handmade paper, thread, and light. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making internationally, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific University. Helen exhibits her work internationally; she is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, Paper Illuminated, Playing with Paper, and Playing with Pop-Ups. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up-to-date on current paper trends.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

APRIL

No events scheduled at this time.

MAY

Let’s Get Inky

Becky Thomas May 9
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$70

Embrace the serendipity of drips and spills while allowing ideas to percolate up through Sumi ink, walnut ink, acrylics, and sprays. Pen the ink or quill it. Brush, splash and wash it. Drop, spritz and resist it. Add a little salt and see what comes out. Spend the afternoon in the Book Arts Studio, decorate some papers for future projects, and leave with an appreciation of ink and all it can do when left to flow.

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Becky Thomas in a long-time denizen of the Book Arts Studio, having worked, taught, and volunteered there for over ten years. She’s currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing/Book Arts at the University of Utah.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

Miniature Bookbindings Jim Reid-Cunningham

Co-sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers Rocky Mountain Chapter
May 28–30
Thursday & Friday, 9:00–5:00; Saturday, 10:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
GBW members $235
Non-members: $250

A true miniature book—less than three inches tall—presents difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. Learn to construct three books of diminishing size with useful structures that fit in the palm of the hand. Leave holding a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a lapped component binding covered in leather and/or paper, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. Contrast the utility of case binding, accordion and non-adhesive structures with a concentration on flexibility and small book action, analyze materials and techniques suitable for tiny formats, and enjoy the challenging limitations inherent to scaled-down books that promote precisely executed and finely detailed work.

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James Reid-Cunningham is the Deputy Director at the Boston Athenæum and supervises library and museum collections and services. On the staff since 2003, he originally served as the Athenæum’s Chief Conservator before being named Associate Director for Digital Programs and Preservation in 2011. Previously he was Conservator of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Art History from Tufts University, and a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston. An internationally known bookbinder, he is a past President of the Guild of Book Workers. A noted teacher in book and paper conservation, he served as Adjunct Lecturer at Buffalo State College from 2009–2013. He teaches professional training courses at institutions nationwide.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

Bookmaking Multi-Session Emiline Twitchell

May 19–June 23 Tuesdays, 5:00–8:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$255

This quick-paced, six-week bookmaking venture introduces participants to binding fundamentals. Learn to craft several book and book-related structures, including a wire bound instruction notebook, pamphlets, an accordion, a longstitch, Japanese stab bindings, a Coptic binding, a case binding, and a slipcase. Leave with a box set of handmade books. Topics of discussion include studio practices, the selection and utility of various materials and tools, the role of the handmade book, and ways to generate content, but the primary emphasis is on craft.

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Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She is an experienced bookbinder, book and paper conservator, and printmaker. Emiline is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Book Arts Program and manages the exhibition program for the J. Willard Marriott Library. Her work is held in collections and exhibited nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JUNE

Why Books? Steve Miller

June 4 Thursday, 6:30–7:30
Rare Books Classroom, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
Free

Steve Miller was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and educated at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having taken letterpress printing classes with Walter Hamady of The Perishable Press, he founded Red Ozier Press in 1976—a fine press devoted to publishing literary first editions in handmade limited editions.

Steve came to The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1988. He teaches letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and coordinates the MFA in the Book Arts Program. Although his primary focus at the university is in the teaching of traditional bookmaking, he is also the proprietor of Red Hydra Press and collaborates on various limited edition publishing projects with authors and artists. Steve is a co-director of Paper and Book Intensive, a nationally-recognized annual series of summer workshops in the book arts. He is also a trustee of the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and co-directs the University of Alabama Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship. Steve was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Career Award from the College Book Art Association (CBAA)

 

Lettering to Letterpress: From Screen to Printed Page

Spencer Charles and David Wolske
June 11–13
Thursday & Friday, 9:00–5:00; Saturday, 10:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$270

Take digital lettering to new depths during this three-day intensive with Spencer Charles, one of the rising stars of contemporary typographic design. Participants learn the tools and techniques to make a curvaceous catchword, magnificent monogram, pithy phrase, or dynamite drop cap. Output finished vector drawings to photopolymer plates and produce letterpress printed in limited editions. Printing experience is not necessary, but a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is strongly recommended.

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Spencer Charles is a typographic designer and letterer residing in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating form the University of Utah, his interest in hand lettering developed as a chalkboard/signage artist for Whole Foods. In 2011, he moved to New York to work as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd, a design studio specializing in logo, food package, and book design. He is currently working independently and is expanding into typeface design and illustration. David Wolske is Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) and Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David’s letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director’s Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

Letterpress Multi-Session Crane Giamo

June 18–August 6 Thursdays, 5:00–8:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$340

This gem of an eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Practicing a variety of techniques and using an array of media—miraculous moveable type, dazzling zinc cuts, luscious linoleum blocks, and precious pressure prints, among others—participants design and produce several projects with the jewels of the Book Arts Studio: its flatbed cylinder and clamshell platen presses.

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Crane Giamo is the new Book Arts Program Studio Manager & Instructor. Crane has an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, and an MA in English from the University of Buffalo. He is the letterpress printer, bookbinder, and papermaker for the poetry books published by Delete Press, of which he is a co-founding member. His own work and artist books are available under the imprint Pocalypstic Editions.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JULY

 

Just a Piece of Paper Louona Tanner

July 13–14 Monday & Tuesday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
Free for K–12 educators

Teachers and students alike love to make books but the hassle, expense, and time it takes to coordinate in the classroom can be discouraging. Sometimes, all you need is a simple sheet of paper. Skip the stress of excessive prep and explore the possibilities inherent in a single sheet. Learn flexagons, accordions, secret folds, triangles, boxes, pop-ups, and folders that can be made with paper basics and the occasional pair of scissors and glue stick. Walk away with a bag brimming with 20 book prototypes and instructions for each one.

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Louona Tanner is a local 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 is the Book Arts Program’s K–12 Education Specialist, taking the history of the book into Utah schools and teaching educators how to apply book forms across the curriculum.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

AUGUST

Scrapbinding: Making Books From Everyday Materials

Emily Tipps August 8
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$70

Using off-the-shelf, easily attainable materials, participants bind books for journaling, sketching, or note taking. This half-day workshop provides instruction for and hands-on experience with several book forms as well as ideas for using hoarded or recycled materials at home. Come and make some quick books!

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Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

SEPTEMBER

Inside Out: Simple Exposures Marnie Powers-Torrey

September 26 Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$110

Put a hole in a box and let some light shine in! Up-cycled materials become simple cameras and the universe is turned outside-in through a pinhole lens. Thinking inside and outside the box, participants make semi-deliberate images with a grayscale of experimentation, exposing the world from a unique perspective with every print.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education. For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

OCTOBER

No events scheduled at this time.

NOVEMBER

Printappreciation FUNdraiser Book Arts Program Staff

November 7 Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Come help the Book Arts Program staff and volunteers celebrate letterpress printing! The Program designs the cards, does the make-ready, and supplies the blank cards and envelopes. The public is invited to drop in and print as many cards as time or wallet allow at $5/card or 3 cards for $10.

 

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

DECEMBER

No events scheduled at this time.

JANUARY

January 7–April 22, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists’ Books 1 & 2

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Course numbers: Art 4090 & 4095 (non-major); Art 4390 & 4395 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Class fee: $400 materials fee: $60

Artists’ books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists’ books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artists’ books.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

FEBRUARY

February 5–March 5, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $180 materials fee: $50

As a result of age and use, sometimes books of the highest personal value are also the most damaged. Learn to love your books by repairing them! This five-week workshop, limited to ten motivated participants, covers foundational book repair techniques including dry cleaning; paper mending; sewing; repairing loose joints, torn spines, and endcaps; and reattaching detached boards. Manual dexterity and patience are highly recommended. Participants receive a kit of basic materials and tools as well as damaged books on which to practice repair techniques. At the workshop's completion, participants are able to assess damage to non-rare books and execute basic, non-damaging repair techniques.

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Tomomi Nakashima started book conservation training in 1997 as a student employee at the Marriott Library, University of Utah while working on an MA in linguistics. In 2002, she relocated to Mesa, AZ where she worked as a book conservator for Roswell Bookbinding. Returning to Utah and the Marriott Library in 2005, she is currently the Head Conservator in the Preservation Department, taking care of rare books and various special projects for the University collections.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

February 21 & 22, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Dickinson’s Envelope-Poems

Instructor: Jen Bervin

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $160 materials fee: $25

Consider questions of address, crossed messages, missed messages, and messages that hit their mark by peering into some of the Emily Dickinson manuscripts published in The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems (Granary Books 2012/New Directions 2013). Led by book artist Jen Bervin, workshop participants create physical models of the poems to explore how Dickinson used the envelope and a very simple material vocabulary as a rich, formal space for poetic composition. Participation includes readings to be assigned in advance.

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Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. Her books include The Gorgeous Nothings, The Dickinson Composites, and The Desert, and Nets. Her work has been published in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare, Figuring Color, Against Expression, La Familia Americana, and is forthcoming in Mel Chin's Funk & Wag from A to Z, and Re-print from Luxbooks in Berlin. Bervin has received fellowships in art and writing from Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, The Center for Book Arts, and The Camargo Foundation. Her work is included in the traveling exhibition Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art and is in more than thirty collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MARCH

No events scheduled at this time.

APRIL

April 12, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: The Naked Book: Casebound Without Cloth

Instructor: Chris McAfee

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $80 materials fee $25

Turn a hardbound book into an artist’s canvas. Make a cover for a pre-sewn text block and finish it – not with cloth, paper, or leather – but with acrylic modeling paste. Then texture, scribe, and wax the covers to create a personal design. While spinning traditional techniques into innovative processes, investigate how bookbinding materials react to moisture and how to counteract related problems.

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Chris, who for many years taught the Book Arts Program’s bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He currently works as Senior Conservator at the Church History Library.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MAY

May 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Photopolymer Intaglio Printing

Instructor: Mare Blocker

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Class fee: $160 materials fee $45

In this two-day printmaking powwow, Mare Blocker outlines methods for making images on transparencies as well as strategies for photopolymer intaglio printing and registration. Participants use black or tonal artwork on clear transparency to expose and develop a light sensitive photopolymer plate. By hand-wiping the photopolymer plate, participants create an original intaglio print using an etching press. Suitable for recreating an impression of a photographic image, rather than a highly detailed version. This method is ideal for those who want to reduce toxic materials in their studios. Discussion topics include ink, paper, and dampening choices. Open to all ages. Drawing experience preferred but not required.

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Mare Blocker has been making limited edition and unique books since 1979 and established the MKimberly Press in 1984. She earned a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture at the University of Washington and an MFA at the University of Idaho. Her work can be found in over 85 public collections and museums including The Victoria and Albert, the J. Paul Getty Museum, The University of Washington Special Collections, The Albertson Library at Boise State University, and The Library of Congress. Mare has been a Library Fellow award winner from the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC and a Sally R Bishop Artist in Residence at the Center for Book Arts in New York. She is the President of the Book Arts Guild, and is on the Board of Directors for the College Book Art Association.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

May 13–July 1, Tuesdays, 5:00–8:00

Class: Non-Credit Letterpress

Instructor: Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Class fee: $280 materials fee: $60

This gem of an eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Practicing a variety of techniques and using an array of media—miraculous moveable type, dazzling zinc cuts, luscious linoleum blocks, and precious pressure prints, among others—participants design and produce several projects with the jewels of the Book Arts Studio: its flatbed cylinder and clamshell platen presses.

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Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and drawn media, she exhibits nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JUNE

June 19–21, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Quarter Leather Flatback Lap-Case Binding

Instructor: Craig Jensen

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $240 materials fee: $70

This course focuses on the construction of a flatback lap-case binding. The lap-case binding, sometimes mistakenly called a modified Bradel binding, has been used frequently over the years for editions bound by Jensen Bindery, BookLab, Inc. and BookLab II. The structure has continuously evolved through its many applications and this class tracks that evolution, specifically addressing structure, materiality, and the relationships between parts to make a beautiful looking and functioning book. Examples of various lap case bindings are available for students to examine. Previous bookbinding experience required, preferably previous leather working skills.

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Craig Jensen began his career in 1977 when he was appointed Library Conservator for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. From 1977–1978 Craig served an internship at The Library of Congress Restoration Office under the direction of Peter Waters and Don Etherington. In 1981, Craig was recruited by Don to serve as Head of Book Conservation at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Conservation Department at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1988 Craig became President and CEO of BookLab, Inc., a partnership with Gary Frost, Paul Parisi of Acme Bookbinding and Jim Larsen of Bridgeport National Bindery. BookLab expanded its offerings beyond edition binding and box making to include library repair services, and pioneered preservation photocopy and digital reproduction of out-of-print brittle books. BookLab was one of the first companies to digitize a book. Following the close of BookLab in 1998, Craig worked for Acme Bookbinding as Vice President for Imaging. In January 2003, Craig returned to his roots and predilection for hand work by forming BookLab II in San Marcos, Texas. He continues to produce custom designed housings and fine limited edition bindings for some of the best-known libraries and private presses in the world. In 2011 Craig received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Guild of Book Workers.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JULY

July 30 & 31, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00–5:00

K–12 Educator workshop: Bookmaking: A Tool for Thinking

Instructor: Paulette Rosen

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop Fee: Free for educators

Dive into a deep exploration of the accordion and pamphlet structures. Paulette Rosen delves into the visual and fine motor experience of book making through eight lesson plans that can easily be tailored to all abilities, ages, and across curricula. Participants make books that enhance the relationship between structure and content and facilitate sequential thinking in images and words. Leave the workshop with an array of samples, printed instructions, and lesson plans that support continued bookmaking in the classroom.

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Paulette Rosen is an artist and bookbinder living in Hamden, Connecticut. She graduated with a B.S. in Arts and Media (1976) and an M.A. in Child and Family Studies (1980) from the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit. After working as an early childhood specialist from 1981–1990, she returned to making art and bookbinding. She has taught Book Arts to adults as faculty at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven since 1996. Paulette has taught workshops to children of all ages, and to teachers. Her artists’ books are in many collections including Yale University Sterling Library, Connecticut College Shain Library, and the Library of the Boston Athenuem. Her artists’ books and drawings have been exhibited nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

AUGUST

August 16, Saturday, 1:30–5:00

Workshop: Sunlight on Paper: Prints of Blue

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $45 materials fee: $15

Limit of 7 participants

Produce vivid blue prints from opaque silhouettes, hand-drawn imagery, transparent photocopies, ortholithographic film, or digitally produced transparencies. With a simple set-up that can be repeated at home, expose hand-coated sheets to natural light for a unique, tactile photographic print. A thrilling new technology in the 1840s, the cyanotype is celebrated today for its hand-generated possibilities through low-tech practices.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

Fall 2014

Class: Academic Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3

Instructor: Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major).
Contact Emily Tipps for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

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Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

Fall 2014

Class: Academic Letterpress 1, 2 & 3

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 29–December 12, Fridays, 9:40–12:40

Class: Typographic Communication and Book Design

Instructor: David Wolske

Location: Computer Lab 1745, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 1

Course Numbers: Des 3320 & 5320

Academic class, must be an admitted student

Investigate the fundamentals of typography and the elements of design and layout that influence the meaning of visible language. Learn to select and combine content appropriate typefaces and develop dynamic information hierarchies. In addition, the class will explore the principles and practice of planning, designing, and producing books.

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David Wolske is Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) and Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

SEPTEMBER

September 3–October 8, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Class: Non-Credit Bookmaking

Instructor: Emiline Twitchell

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Class fee: $210 materials fee: $45

This fast-paced, six-week bookmaking venture introduces participants to binding fundamentals. Learn to craft several book and book-related structures, including folded forms, non-adhesive bindings, case bindings, and enclosures. Leave with a box set of seven handmade books. Topics of discussion include studio practices, the selection and utility of various materials and tools, the role of the handmade book, and ways to generate content, but the primary emphasis is on craft.

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Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She exhibits her work locally and is experienced as a bookbinder, book and paper conservator, and printmaker. Emiline is the Studio Coordinator and Exhibitions Assistant for the Book Arts Program.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

OCTOBER

October 3 & 4, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Making Bone Tools & Objects by Hand

Instructor: Jim Croft

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $160 materials fee: $25

Experience the historic and aesthetic appeal of cutting, hewing, filing, drilling, carving, and polishing tools for bookmaking from scratch. Jim Croft shares his hand-skills and historic know-how as participants learn to process raw and found bone, antler, and horn. Craft a custom bonefolder, carve a wooden-handled awl from salvaged hardwoods, and learn tool-sharpening techniques from a master. All necessary tools are provided.

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Jim Croft has been making books since 1970 with a specialized focus on traditional materials and the structures of medieval Europe. His interest in tool-making naturally followed his study of self sufficiency. Jim has taught tool-making and bookbinding nationwide since 1995. He is the creator of Old Way, a summer workshop program in book arts tools and medieval bindings hosted at his home in Northern Idaho.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

NOVEMBER

November 8 & 15, Sequential Saturdays, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Image to Block, Press to Post

Instructor: Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $160 plus materials fee

Hoping to send unique holiday cards this year? Want to personalize thank-you cards? Got a great idea for a sassy salutation? Want to learn to carve your own plates? Get down and dirty with some printer’s devilry! This lino carving, card-printing extravaganza introduces the aesthetic and technical delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and an image to combine with linoleum and studio metal type to design and print an inspired and personalized greeting. Leave with an edition of approximately fifty letterpress-printed cards. A couple hours of homework between the two Saturdays will be required.

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Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program and acts as head printer for the Red Butte Press. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and draw media, she exhibits nationally.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

DECEMBER

No events scheduled.

JANUARY

January 8–April 23, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists’ Book 1 & 2

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Course numbers: Art 4090 & 4095 (non-major); Art 4390 & 4395 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Class fee: $400 materials fee: $60

Artists’ books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists’ books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artists’ books.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

January 18–March 3

Exhibition: Nahuatl Spoken Here

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Nahuatl was the language of the Aztec and is spoken by approximately 1.5 million people today. The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Utah began teaching Nahuatl in fall 2012. The University of Utah is the only academic institution teaching Nahuatl on a regular basis. The Rare Books Division holds one of the largest collections of Mesoamerican codex facsimiles in the United States, thanks to Prof. Charles Elliott Dibble (1909–2002), one of the world’s leading experts on Mesoamerica. Dr. Dibble taught at the University of Utah in the department of Anthropology for four decades. He donated his extensive book collection to the J. Willard Marriott Library. The Rare Books Division continues to build on this legacy. On exhibition are copies of Mesoamerican facsimiles, 16th through 18th century first editions of European/Nahuatl books, and 20th century artists’ books inspired by a far-from-forgotten culture.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

FEBRUARY

No events scheduled.

MARCH

March 20–April 17, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $180 materials fee: $50

As a result of age and use, sometimes books of the highest personal value are also the most damaged. Learn to love your books by repairing them! This five-week workshop, limited to ten motivated participants, covers foundational book repair techniques including dry cleaning; paper mending; sewing; repairing loose joints, torn spines, and endcaps; and reattaching detached boards. Manual dexterity and patience are highly recommended. Participants receive a kit of basic materials and tools as well as damaged books on which to practice repair techniques. At the seminar's completion, participants are able to assess damage to non-rare books and execute basic, non-damaging repair techniques.

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Tomomi Nakashima started book conservation training in 1997 as a student employee at the Marriott Library, University of Utah while working on an MA in linguistics. In 2002, she relocated to Mesa, AZ where she worked as a book conservator for Roswell Bookbinding. Returning to Utah and the Marriott Library in 2005, she is currently the Head Conservator in the Preservation Department, taking care of rare books and various special projects for the University collections.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

APRIL

April 6, Saturday, 1:00–5:00

Educator’s workshop: Material Mash-up: A Medley of Decorative Techniques
This workshop is repeated on September 7, Saturday, 1:00–5:00

Instructors: Laura Decker, Mary Toscano, Emiline Twitchell, and Jessica Wilson

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: underwritten for educators

Tune up your fingers for a book arts hootenanny where decorative techniques take the mic to enhance K-12 lesson plans. Book Arts Program staff treat participants to four variations on a theme: paste paper, stencil-making, pastel transfers, and printmaking. Educators leave with an accordion book filled with the harmonious notes of ink, paste, paint, pastel, and have the instruments necessary to help students’ work sing.

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Laura Decker received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Working mainly in printmaking and drawing, she exhibits nationally. Laura currently holds the position of Grants & Outreach Coordinator at the Book Arts Program.

Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. Exhibiting nationally, she works on and with paper in drawing, printmaking, and installation. Mary is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program.

Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She exhibits her work locally and is experienced as a bookbinder, book and paper conservator, and printmaker. Emiline is the Studio Coordinator and Exhibitions Assistant for the Book Arts Program.

Jessica Wilson is pursuing a degree in sculpture from the University of Utah. As an intern with the Book Arts Program, she is developing new curricula for the Treasure Chest and K-12 outreach programs. She has a background in youth theatre and has taught creative expression and drama techniques internationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MAY

May 3–June 30

Exhibition: Booking a Brouhaha: Artists’ Books Course V

Curator: Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Book Arts Program students trigger quite a commotion as they showcase the final editions and ingenious bookwork created as part of spring semester’s Artists’ Books class. Revel in the design, writing, and craft that coalesce to produce a bit of everything from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to democratic multiples. As the world of the printed page explodes in different directions, these students utilize the ensuing pandemonium to instigate stunning innovations in the art of the book.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

May 14–July 2, Tuesdays, 5:00–8:00

Class: Non-Credit Letterpress

Instructor: Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Class fee: $280 materials fee: $60

This gem of an eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Practicing a variety of techniques and using an array of media—miraculous moveable type, dazzling zinc cuts, luscious linoleum blocks, and precious pressure prints, among others—participants design and produce several projects with the jewels of the Book Arts Studio: its flatbed cylinder and clamshell platen presses.

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Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and drawn media, she exhibits nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JUNE

No events scheduled.

JULY

July 13, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Tunnel Vision

Instructors: Laura Decker and Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $80 materials fee: $30

Dive headfirst into the twisting, turning, winding, and wondrous world of tunnel books! In this playful double-spined form, two concertinas create collapsible walls which, when extended, draw the viewer into a miniature, magical world. Overlapping layers, shapes, and spaces tease the perspective and tickle the imagination. In this one-day workshop, participants peer into examples from the Marriott Library's Rare Books Collection, before developing content and learning techniques to handcraft one-of-a-kind books. Attendees enter with individual ideas, text, and imagery; engage with provided materials and creative prompts; then emerge with a spontaneous invention.

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Laura Decker received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Working mainly in printmaking and drawing, she exhibits nationally. Laura currently holds the position of Grants & Outreach Coordinator at the Book Arts Program.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

July 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: The Amazing Dremel

Instructor: Jill Timm

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $160 materials fee: $50

Learn to make books out of just about anything! Participants bring a Dremel tool and learn to drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish, and grind non-traditional bookmaking materials such as glass, plastic, metal, wood, and tile. This well-crafted workshop expands options with various media and alteration methods. Participants leave with a sample book showcasing all presented techniques.

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Jill Timm is a full-time book artist who focuses on small editions of handcrafted books that portray the spirit and aesthetics of the natural environment. A varied background in graphic design, photography, teaching, marketing, and business culminated in the founding of Mystical Places Press. Jill’s professional achievements include awards across various areas of specialization. She has work in many corporate, university, public, and private collections worldwide. Her artist books are included in several books on consumer crafts and bookmaking. She is also the publisher of Artist Book News, a full-color marketing newsletter representing book artists worldwide.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

AUGUST

August 2 & 3, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Educator’s workshop: Sum of Parts

Instructor: Louona Tanner

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: underwritten for educators

As Aristotle once said, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Beginning with the basics – sewing, folds and flaps – Louona Tanner, book wizard, transforms book structures into crazy complex combinations. As apprentices, participants learn the minor modifications that presto change-o simple forms into charmed structures. Minus the magic, the whole really is just made up of parts.

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Louona Tanner is a local 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 8 years prior to it’s closing. She is the head instructor for the Treasure Chest of Rare Books (K-12), a Book Arts Program taking the history of the book into Utah schools, and is a returning instructor for the educator workshops at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 16 & 24, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Let’s Get Digital

Instructors: Laura Decker, Mary Toscano, and David Wolske

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop Fee: $160 plus materials fee

Skip the typesetting and carving and get physical with current design software and photopolymer plates to print type, illustrations, and halftone images. Spend Friday in the Marriott Library computer lab learning to create the image files required for conversion into film negatives. The following Saturday, use these negatives in making and printing from a photopolymer plate. Meld old and new technologies and leave with a portfolio of imaginative work.

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Laura Decker received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Working mainly in printmaking and drawing, she exhibits nationally. Laura currently holds the position of Grants & Outreach Coordinator at the Book Arts Program.

Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. Exhibiting nationally, she works on and with paper in drawing, printmaking, and installation. Mary is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program.

David Wolske is Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) and Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 26–December 11, Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:40–12:40

Class: Academic Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3

Instructor: Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student.

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

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Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 27–December 12, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00–5:00

Class: Academic Letterpress 1, 2 & 3

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 30–December 13, Fridays, 9:40–12:40

Class: Typographic Communication and Book Design

Instructor: David Wolske

Location: Computer Lab 1745, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 1

Course Numbers: Des 3320 & 5320

Academic class, must be an admitted student.

Investigate the fundamentals of typography and the elements of design and layout that influence the meaning of visible language. Learn to select and combine content appropriate typefaces and develop dynamic information hierarchies. In addition, the class will explore the principles and practice of planning, designing, and producing books.

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David Wolske is Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) and Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

SEPTEMBER

September 4–October 2, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Class: Non-Credit Bookmaking

Instructor: Emiline Twitchell

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Class fee: $180 materials fee: $45

This fast-paced, five-week bookmaking venture introduces participants to binding fundamentals. Class participants learn to craft several book and book-related 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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Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She exhibits her work locally and is experienced as a bookbinder, book and paper conservator, and printmaker. Emiline is the Studio Coordinator and Exhibitions Assistant for the Book Arts Program.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

September 7, Saturday, 1:00–5:00

Educator’s workshop: Material Mash-up: A Medley of Decorative Techniques

Instructors: Laura Decker, Mary Toscano, Emiline Twitchell, and Jessica Wilson

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: underwritten for educators

Tune up your fingers for a book arts hootenanny where decorative techniques take the mic to enhance K-12 lesson plans. Book Arts Program staff treat participants to four variations on a theme: paste paper, stencil-making, pastel transfers, and printmaking. Educators leave with an accordion book filled with the harmonious notes of ink, paste, paint, pastel, and have the instruments necessary to help students’ work sing.

- - - - -

Laura Decker received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Working mainly in printmaking and drawing, she exhibits nationally. Laura currently holds the position of Grants & Outreach Coordinator at the Book Arts Program.

Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. Exhibiting nationally, she works on and with paper in drawing, printmaking, and installation. Mary is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program.

Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She exhibits her work locally and is experienced as a bookbinder, book and paper conservator, and printmaker. Emiline is the Studio Coordinator and Exhibitions Assistant for the Book Arts Program.

Jessica Wilson is pursuing a degree in sculpture from the University of Utah. As an intern with the Book Arts Program, she is developing new curricula for the Treasure Chest and K-12 outreach programs. She has a background in youth theatre and has taught creative expression and drama techniques internationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

OCTOBER

October 23–November 13, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: The Articulate Hand: An Introduction to Calligraphy

Instructor: Louona Tanner

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $150 materials fee: $30

All text – be it written, printed, or digital – stems from the hand. A long lineage of mark-making implements, pigments, inks, and substrates has literally shaped and informed our contemporary alphabets. Over the course of this four-week introductory workshop, students explore calligraphy through hands-on practice, as well as discussion of its history, styles, usages, modern trends, and design principles. Using a variety of media, participants learn to analyze a calligraphic hand and produce an Uncial alphabet and create two small books and two wall pieces showcasing their work. In the digital age, our linguistic roots can be tapped – with pen, paper, and ink – in the attentive practice of the articulate hand.

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Louona Tanner is a Utah calligrapher and book artist. She graduated from Weber State University in Art, and was nominated for both woman of the year and talent of the year. She has served twice as president of the Utah Calligraphic Artists’ Association and has exhibited her work throughout Utah and at national calligraphy conventions. She has taught calligraphy, gold leaf, and book arts classes for UCA, UMFA, Utah Humanities Council, Great Salt Lake Book Festival, YouthCity Artways, The Leonardo, and the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

NOVEMBER

November 9, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Press to Post in a Day

Instructor: Mary Toscano

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $80 materials fee: $30

Hoping to send unique holiday cards this year? Want to personalize thank-you cards? Got a great idea for a sassy salutation? Get down and dirty with some printer's devilry! This card-printing extravaganza introduces the aesthetic and technical delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and use the Book Arts Program’s vast collection of vintage zinc cuts and metal type to design and print an inspired and personalized greeting. Leave with an edition of approximately fifty letterpress-printed cards.

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Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. Exhibiting nationally, she works on and with paper in drawing, printmaking, and installation. Mary is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

DECEMBER

No events scheduled.

JANUARY

January 10–April 25, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists’ Books

Instructors: Chris McAfee, Marnie Powers-Torrey, Emily Tipps, and David Wolske

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $400 materials fee: $60

Artists’ books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists’ books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artists’ books.

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Just as artists’ books often involve collaboration, this class is team taught by Chris McAfee, Marnie Powers-Torrey, Emily Tipps, and David Wolske.

Chris, who for many years taught the Book Arts Program’s bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor and Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, and the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

January 13–February 26

Exhibition: Are We There Yet? Westward Exploration and Travel in North America

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Soon after the first European ship reached these shores, emigrants from the early settlements on the east coast began exploring the vast lands to the west. Some sought a haven from religious persecution, some looked for better agricultural lands, some pursued quick wealth. Whatever the reason, emigrants believed that they could improve their lives by moving West. Many people longed to see the West, even if they didn’t want to settle there. Three hundred years of writings by travelers, politicians, explorers, emigrants, adventurers, and marketers lured people west – as seekers of a new life or merely seekers of a good time.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

FEBRUARY

February 11, Saturday, 9:00–2:00

Workshop: Valenteenies: Love Notes and Calling Cards

Instructor: Mary Toscano

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $45 materials fee: $20

Well before the advent of text messaging, the Victorians announced their presence with tasteful calling cards and passed discrete slips of paper to arrange amorous liaisons. Participants in this lively half-day workshop combine collographs, antique dingbats, elegant zinc cuts, and moveable type from the program’s collection to craft miniscule missives and charming cards. Students choose from a selection of phrases preset in metal type, set brief original messages of their own, or set their names in the manner of the traditional calling card, then letterpress print their designs on the studio’s flatbed cylinder presses. Beginners are entreated to attend this delightful printing excursion, as are more accomplished lady and gentleman printers.

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Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. She works on and with paper in drawing, printmaking, and installation. She exhibits both locally and nationally. Mary is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

February 8, 15, 22, 29; and March 7, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $180 materials fee: $50

As a result of age and use, sometimes books of the highest personal value are also the most damaged. Learn to love your books by repairing them! This five-week workshop, limited to ten motivated participants, covers foundational book repair techniques including dry cleaning; paper mending; sewing; repairing loose joints, torn spines, and endcaps; and reattaching detached boards. Manual dexterity and patience are highly recommended. Participants receive a kit of basic materials and tools as well as damaged books on which to practice repair techniques. At the seminar's completion, participants are able to assess damage to non-rare books and execute basic, non-damaging repair techniques.

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Tomomi Nakashima started book conservation training in 1997 as a student employee at the Marriott Library, University of Utah while working on an MA in linguistics. In 2002, she relocated to Mesa, AZ where she worked as a book conservator for Roswell Bookbinding. Returning to Utah and the Marriott Library in 2005, she is currently the Head Conservator in the Preservation Department, taking care of rare books and various special projects for the University collections.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

February 18 & 25, Saturdays, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Reclaimed – A Conceptual Transplant

Instructor: Adam Larsen

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $160 plus materials fee

This altered book workshop introduces participants to the history, philosophy, and craft of creatively modifying mass-produced books. Using vintage, discarded, hardbound books as catalysts, students learn innovative methods to appropriate from and collaborate with each volume’s original author and/or designer. Participants manipulate found texts through dissection techniques, construction methods, and by transplanting unique stimuli and found objects into each vessel. Using this assemblage process, each student reclaims two books by formally and conceptually transfiguring them into contemporary works of art—possessing unique visual, tactile, and conceptual merit. An instructor-guided expedition to a local antique store in search of found objects and catalyst texts concludes the first day of this transformative two-Saturday workshop*.

* Participants can expect to spend $50–$75 on vintage hardcover books and assemblage materials.

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Adam is a passionate artist and teacher of the visual language whose philosophy embraces the idea that art occurs when craft and concept homogenize. He is dedicated to promoting the practice of fundamental visual and dextral skills in a variety of artistic disciplines. His work cannot be categorized by one medium but exists in varied forms of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and artists’ books. His current work can be characterized as a visual reflection of his life as he attempts to translate commonplace occurrences into intimate visual dialogs utilizing the visual and tactile container of the artists’ book. Adam has exhibited his work extensively throughout the region and around the country and is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah where he teaches drawing, 2D design, and printmaking.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MARCH

March 2–April 29

Exhibition: Brave Cowboy: An Edward Abbey Retrospective

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

American novelist and author Edward Abbey (1927–1989) became an icon for grassroots activism. In the 1970s, after The Monkey Wrench Gang was published, he gained near-cult status in the American West environmentalist movement. Others would find much to disdain in his philosophy. This exhibition highlights the work of Edward Abbey, from an early story about war (1947) to writings as a contributor for the University of New Mexico’s Thunderbird to his novels, short stories and essays throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The Special Collections Department of the J. Willard Marriott Library thanks Eric Hvolboll for his generous donation of his collection of Edward Abbey’s writings.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

APRIL

April 28, Saturday, 1:00–5:00

Educator’s workshop: Don’t Throw It Away: Bind It Today!
This workshop is repeated on August 11, Saturday, 1:00–5:00

Instructors: Laura Decker and Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: underwritten for educators

What do things like empty tape dispensers, candy tins, egg cartons, envelopes, and CD cases have in common? No, it’s not the landfill. They can all be made into books! In this workshop, educators learn how to construct books out of the unexpected. Starting simple and moving toward the more complex, these creative book forms, fashioned from inexpensive and easily-found objects, can be taught to a wide range of ages and are sure to spark creative ingenuity in young learners. Using these structures, educators can demonstrate that with a little imagination, the things we throw away can be transformed into exciting and interactive books.

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Laura Decker is a local artist, working mainly in drawing, mixed media, and printmaking. She received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Laura is currently working at the Book Arts Program as the Grants and Outreach Coordinator. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and drawn media, her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MAY

May 4–June 17

Exhibition: Booking a Brouhaha: Artists’ Books Course IV

Curator: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Book Arts Program students trigger quite a commotion as they showcase the final editions and ingenious bookwork created as part of spring semester’s Artists’ Books class. Revel in the design, writing, and craft that coalesce to produce a bit of everything from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to democratic multiples. As the world of the printed page explodes in different directions, these students utilize the ensuing pandemonium to instigate stunning innovations in the art of the book.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

May 15–June 20, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1:00–5:45

Class: Summer Academic Letterpress 1, 2, & 3

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Emily Tipps, and David Wolske

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

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Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Studio Coordinator and Binding Instructor at the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She discovered the world of chapbooks and small presses while earning her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado. Enchanted, she went on to receive her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She has taught courses in creative writing and book arts at the Universities of Alabama and Colorado. Emily is also the proprietor of High5 Press, whose limited-edition artist's books are held in collections and exhibited nationally.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JUNE

June 22–August 5

Exhibition: Utah Architects and Sanborn Maps

Curator: Liz Rogers

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

This exhibition features the Capitol Competition drawings of Richard Kletting (1858–1943), and the Harvard drawings of Salt Lake City-born architect Lloyd Snedaker (1905–1989). Originally from Germany, Kletting was informally known as “The Dean of Utah Architecture.” His first commission in Salt Lake City was the University of Deseret, which is now the University of Utah. He went on to design the Saltair and the State Capitol. Snedaker was the architect for the Capitol’s interior renovation, as well as numerous buildings on the campus of the University of Utah, Utah State University, and elsewhere in the state. Also on display are examples of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps—renowned for their precision and accuracy, and highly valued as historical, cultural, and scholarly resources—and the Richard Bailey Traveling Fellowship Architectural journals and sketchbooks.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

June 27–30, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Intensive Workshop: Guided by Chance Operations in Letterpress Artists’ Books

Instructor: Robin Price

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $320 plus materials fee

Charting the course for chance, Price, workshop muses, and the goddess Fortuna compel participants to generate fresh content for artists’ books. A readiness to embrace surprise, relinquish control, work within imposed constraints, and respond creatively to others’ work is the best preparation for this venture. Participants work collaboratively and solo, mixing ink, choice, and chance in (mostly) structured ways. An initial exercise results in a packet of letterpress-printed postcards. Then, with Chance at the helm, each participant completes a set of editioned sheets for a simple binding. Encounter tips on handset type composition and letterpress printing at ports along the voyage, along with brief demonstrations of heat-set collage, paper staining, and experimental printmaking techniques. Decisive navigation in a frequently changing field of potential and constraint directs the quest toward a serendipitous application of printed imagery, textual excerpts, and various hand applications.

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Robin Price is an artist, letterpress printer, and publisher whose work spans the fine press/artists’ books categories. The work of the press—under the umbrella of Robin Price, Publisher (formerly Lavender Armadillo Press)—has become a lifelong, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education, and her books are collected and exhibited internationally. “A chameleon among book artists” (Connell Gallagher, 2004), Price seeks out contemporary artists, writers, and artisans with whom to collaborate, striving for synergistic books, diverse in content and form. A wellspring of inspiration is the purposeful use of chance in creative work, especially as defined by John Cage; she has been lecturing and teaching specifically on that subject since 2002, when she co-curated an exhibition at Yale University Sterling Library, “By Chance: Serendipity and Randomness in Contemporary Artists’ Books.” The 25-year anniversary of her press was celebrated in 2010 with a traveling exhibition that originated at Wesleyan University Davison Art Center, Price holds a B.A. from Pomona College.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

June 28, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture: Purposeful Chance in Contemporary Artists’ Books (Thank You, John Cage!)

Speaker: Robin Price

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Robin Price delivers an illustrated lecture exploring the use of chance in artists' books—in concept and/or execution—and examines earlier twentieth century precedents, particularly the print and book work of John Cage. Price discusses some of her own work involving the purposeful use of chance and randomness. Lecture attendees have the opportunity to view and handle several bookworks featured in Price’s talk, courtesy of the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Special and Fine Arts Collections.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JULY

July 11, 18, 25; and August 1, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: The Articulate Hand: An Introduction to Calligraphy

Instructor: Louona Tanner

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $150 materials fee: $30

All text—be it written, printed, or digital—stems from the hand. A long lineage of mark-making implements, pigments, inks, and substrates has literally shaped and informed our contemporary alphabets. Over the course of this four-week introductory workshop, students explore calligraphy through hands-on practice, as well as discussion of its history, styles, usages, modern trends, and design principles. Using a variety of media, participants learn to analyze a calligraphic hand and produce an Uncial alphabet, while creating two small books and two wall pieces showcasing their work. In the digital age, our linguistic roots can be tapped—with pen, paper, and ink—in the attentive practice of the articulate, amazing hand.

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Louona Tanner is a Utah calligrapher and book artist. She graduated from Weber State University in Art, and was nominated for both woman of the year and talent of the year. She has served twice as president of the Utah Calligraphic Artists’ Association and has exhibited her work throughout Utah and at national calligraphy conventions. She has taught calligraphy, gold leaf, and book arts classes for UCA, Utah Humanities Council, Great Salt Lake Book Festival, YouthCity Artways, The Leonardo, and the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

July 12–14, Thursday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Cosponsored Workshop: New Oriental Binding

Instructor: Monique Lallier

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $275 for Guild of Book Workers members; $325 for non-members

With its non-adhesive flat spine, and separate front and back boards, the new oriental binding recalls the traditional Japanese stab binding. In this radical twist on an old favorite, individual signatures are sewn along the spine to tyvek strips. Each strip is reversed and filled with board to equal the signature’s thickness. The boards are then joined to consolidate the spine, leaving the signatures themselves adhesive-free. The result is an elegant book that opens smoothly and whose pages lie flat. Covers—which can be covered in paper, cloth, or leather—are made individually and attached to the textblock at the end of the process. Participants in this three-day workshop learn and produce this structure under the instruction of a master fine binder. Those who wish to use leather should have prior experience with it, and come prepared with leather split to 0.6 or 0.7 mm. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Book Arts Program.

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Monique Lallier was Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding from 2005–2009, and currently teaches classes there. An internationally recognized binder and artist, years of experience in French binding make her an ideal choice for director and instructor in the AAB’s French technique-based bookbinding program. Monique began her studies in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School of Fashion and L’art de la Reliure bookbinding school with Simone B. Roy. She continued in Paris with Roger Arnoult; at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona with Edwin Heim; and in Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. Monique’s work is held in the collections of McGill University, Montreal; St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal for the Pope Jean-Paul II; Louisiana State University; University of North Carolina; as well as many private collections in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Monique practices her craft full time from her studio in Summerfield, North Carolina.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

July 20 & 21, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Educator’s Workshop: Variety is the Spice of Binding

Instructor: Krissy Giacoletto

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: underwritten for educators

Just like people, books come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, educators gather the skills to build fun and diverse book structures—from the humble codex to the fanciful pop-up, the sleek accordion to the flashy flag book—and go home with a set of models to use in their classrooms. Participants also learn decorative techniques, including paste paper and painted cloth, to imbue their books with one-of-a-kind personalities. The workshop includes discussion of how these forms and methods can be adapted for shoe-string budgets and used in curricula as various as art, language, science, history, and math. As the saying (almost) goes: different strokes for different books!

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Krissy Giacoletto, photograph archivist in the Special Collections Department of the J. Willard Marriott Library, took a long side-trip into the world of bookbinding while attending the University of Utah as a student of Classics and Business. Expansive interests in everything from ancient history to modern scientific marvels fuel a desire to learn and color everything she makes. Amazed with the craft of turning piles of blank paper and grey board into functioning pieces of art, Krissy has continued to experiment with structures, textures, and colors. She has taught groups as small as three and as large as 200, many of them teachers. Art encompasses the full scope of human existence, and nowhere is that more evident than between the miraculous covers of a book.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

AUGUST

August 10–September 23

Exhibition: Fighting Words: American Revolutionary War Pamphlets

Curator: Alison Elbrader

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Before the first shots were fired at the battle of Lexington and Concord, American Colonists and British Imperialists had already begun to fight in print. Words could not win physical battles but they could fight on the ideological front. American and British pamphleteers struggled to determine the meaning of the revolution and what winning meant. Ultimately they would define what it meant to be an American. Fighting Words chronicles the pamphlet war from both sides of the Atlantic, and includes pieces by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, William Pitt, and many more.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 11, Saturday, 1:00–5:00

Educator’s workshop: Don’t Throw It Away: Bind It Today!

Instructors: Laura Decker and Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: underwritten for educators

What do things like empty tape dispensers, candy tins, egg cartons, envelopes, and CD cases have in common? No, it’s not the landfill. They can all be made into books! In this workshop, educators learn how to construct books out of the unexpected. Starting simple and moving toward the more complex, these creative book forms, fashioned from inexpensive and easily-found objects, can be taught to a wide range of ages and are sure to spark creative ingenuity in young learners. Using these structures, educators can demonstrate that with a little imagination, the things we throw away can be transformed into exciting and interactive books.

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Laura Decker is a local artist, working mainly in drawing, mixed media, and printmaking. She received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Laura is currently working at the Book Arts Program as the Grants and Outreach Coordinator. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and drawn media, her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 20–December 5, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:40–12:40

Class: Fall Academic Letterpress 1, 2, & 3

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

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Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 21–December 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45–12:05

Class: Typographic Communication and Book Design

Instructors: David Wolske

Location: Room 1745, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 1

Course Numbers: DES 3320; DES 5320.

Academic class, must be an admitted student.

An introduction to the fundamentals of typoography and the elements of design and layout that influence the meaning of visible language. Learn to select and combine content appropriate typefaces and develop dynamic information hierarchies. In addition, the class will explore the principles and practice of planning, designing, and producing books.

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David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 23 & 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27; and October 4 & 18, Thursdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Non-Credit Letterpress

Instructor: Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop Fee: $280 plus materials fee

This gem of a nine-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Practicing a variety of techniques and using an array of media—miraculous moveable type, dazzling zinc cuts, luscious linoleum blocks, and precious pressure prints, among others—participants design and produce several projects with the jewels of the Book Arts Studio: its flatbed cylinder and clamshell platen presses.

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Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and drawn media, her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 24–December 7, Fridays, 10:00–4:00

Class: Fall Academic Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3

Instructor: Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student.

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

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Emily Tipps is Studio Coordinator and Binding Instructor at the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She discovered the world of chapbooks and small presses while earning her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado. Enchanted, she went on to receive her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She has taught courses in creative writing and book arts at the Universities of Alabama and Colorado. Emily is also the proprietor of High5 Press, whose limited-edition artist's books are held in collections and exhibited nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 31–October 14

Exhibition: Counterform: A Juried Show of Utah Book Work

Curator: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

This returning exhibition showcases outstanding work produced by Utah's bookmakers. Open to professionals, amateurs, and students alike, this juried exhibition highlights the witty and the preposterous, the poignant and the sublime—works of remarkable concept and design. Many of these books are created in response to Book Arts Program workshops and classes; all manifest the freshness inherent in courageous creativity.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

SEPTEMBER

September 27, Thursday, 9:00–4:00

Cosponsored Workshop: Animate the Page: Pop-Ups and Movable Structures

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $75 plus materials fee

In the microcosm of a page, nothing charms and engages like a pop-up; along with movable structures, pop-ups bring dimension and life to artists’ books. This one-day workshop, cosponsored by the Movable Book Society and organized in conjunction with the 2012 conference, teaches how pop-up and movable structures work together to create a sense of animation. Participants assemble a sequence of increasingly complex structures and leave with a collection of samples that can be used for further study and practice, or even crafted into “moving” gifts. All skills levels welcome and encouraged.

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Nationally-recognized artist Shawn Sheehy combines paper engineering and paper making with an interest in biology and cultural evolution to produce sculptural pop-up books. Shawn has taught workshops at PBI, Penland, the Centers for Book Arts in Chicago and New York, and many other venues across the U.S. His commercial pop-up clients include the American Girl Co., American Greetings and Pee-Wee Herman.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

September 28–November 25

Exhibition: Movable Books: Selections from the Rare Book Collections

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

September 28–November 25

Exhibition: Herding Cats: The Wild World of Artists’ Books

Curator: J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Interpretations of The Artist’s Book are nearly as numerous as those who create them; also abundant are the perspectives from which readers can view these works. This exhibition, with selections from the Marriott Library’s fine art and rare collections, presents remarkable examples as viewed through the lenses of text and form, design and typography, binding craft and design, drawing and illustration, and printing technique. While some book artists focus on one or a few of these areas, others shape the work in its entirety—from the germination of an idea to the final stitch of the binding. As evidenced here, the iconic form of the book—with its capacity for expression and instruction, intimacy and community, tradition and innovation—is one that offers boundless possibilities to artists of many different stripes.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

OCTOBER

October 19–November 25

Exhibition: Ski Archives

Curator: Judy Jarrow

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

October 24 & 31; November 7, 14 & 28; Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Non-Credit Bookmaking

Instructor: Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop Fee: $180 plus materials fee

This fast-paced, five-week bookmaking venture introduces participants to binding fundamentals. Class participants learn to craft several book and book-related structures, including folded forms, non-adhesive bindings with exposed sewing, 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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Emily Tipps is Studio Coordinator and Binding Instructor at the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She discovered the world of chapbooks and small presses while earning her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado. Enchanted, she went on to receive her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She has taught courses in creative writing and book arts at the Universities of Alabama and Colorado. Emily is also the proprietor of High5 Press, whose limited-edition artist's books are held in collections and exhibited nationally.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

NOVEMBER

November 1, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture: Recent Work

Speaker: Clifton Meador

Location: Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 1

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Clifton Meador’s recent work engages multiple modes of making: letterpress, offset lithography, print-on-demand services, and now ebooks to create artist’s books. Clifton shows some of his newest works, performs readings from some of them, and discusses how choices in technology represent much more than simply choosing a way to make something.

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Clifton Meador is an artist whose works combine his writing, photography, printmaking, and design. He uses these disciplines to make artist’s books that explore how the narratives of culture, history, and place are the basis for identity. His work is in many major collections of book art, including the Library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Yale Art of the Book collection. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, most notably being twice the recipient of NYFA fellowships and a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Georgia. Before becoming a professor, he was the director of Nexus Press. Meador taught graphic design at the State University of New York New Paltz for eleven years, and co-founded an interdisciplinary MFA program, the Visual Research Laboratory. In 2005, he became director of the Interdisciplinary MFA in Book and Paper at Columbia College Chicago, a graduate program that encourages students to think of the book arts and papermaking as sites for creating contemporary art.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

November 2 & 3, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Digital Fountain: Repurposing Digital Printing

Instructor: Clifton Meador

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Workshop fee: $160 plus materials fee

Amid the current cornucopia of technologies available to artists who make books-as-art, the choice of a particular means of production has become an important part of a work’s voice and context. A profusion of print-on-demand book services, coupled with the ubiquitous availability of inkjet and laser printing, has expanded the array of artists’ options. An exciting result of this technologic watershed is the ability to create digitally printed books in fresh forms. Participants in this workshop discover the wellspring of digital printing options, view works created using hybrid printing and binding techniques, and are lead through a range of options for creating work that expressively exploits and repurposes digital processes. Participants construct a series of simple, softbound books that explore different ways to use and reuse digital printing.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

November 30–January 13

Exhibition: Common Ground/Uncommonly Bound: Graduate Bookworks

Curator: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Since 1997, students from across campus have taken courses at the Book Arts Program. One of a handful of institutions nationwide to offer academic designations in book arts, the University of Utah provides the opportunity for students to earn a certificate or minor in book arts through the Department of Art and Art History as well as an MFA in Creative Writing/Book Arts/New Media through the Department of English. Outside of these formal programs, students from multiple departments have done intensive studies with the Program, producing interdisciplinary book work. This exhibition highlights work from both past and present graduate students in addition to the first generation of certificate students.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

DECEMBER

No events scheduled.

JANUARY

January 11–April 26, Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists' Books

Instructors: Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department:
Art 4090 (non-major) Art 4390 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Artists' books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists' books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artists' books.

Just as artists' books often involve collaboration, this class is team taught by Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey. Chris, who for many years taught the Book Arts Program's bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

January 21–March 4

Exhibition: Messenger of Thought: Treasures from the Rare Middle East Collections

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

"The pen is the ambassador of intelligence, the messenger of thought, and the interpreter for the mind"
— Islamic writer on calligraphy

If words are the essence of books, the materials used and the technologies developed to write those words are the building blocks of a captured culture. Verbal collaborates with visual, textual with textural, enhancing meaning and inviting intimacy between writer and reader. The arts of the book – papermaking and decorating, calligraphy, illumination, and binding are highly developed in Middle Eastern culture. From ancient times, the written word and the craft of Middle Eastern bookmakers has established law, recorded history and myth, inspired faith, stimulated intellectual exploration, and created bonds between east and west.

The Rare Books Division congratulates the Middle East Center and the Middle East Library on fifty years of supporting and continuing these bonds.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

FEBRUARY

February 16 & 23; and March 2, 9, & 16, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $180; materials fee: $50

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MARCH

March 11–April 22

Exhibition: Herding Cats: The Wild World of Artists' Books

Curator: J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Interpretations of The Artist's Book are nearly as numerous as those who create them; also abundant are the perspectives from which readers can view these works. This exhibition, with selections from the Marriott Library's fine art and rare collections, presents remarkable examples as viewed through the lenses of text and form, design and typography, binding craft and design, drawing and illustration, and printing technique. While some book artists focus on one or a few of these areas, others shape the work in its entirety – from the germination of an idea to the final stitch of the binding. As evidenced here, the iconic form of the book – with its capacity for expression and instruction, intimacy and community, tradition and innovation – is one that offers boundless possibilities to artists of many different stripes.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 19, Saturday, 9:00–2:00

Workshop: Chapbooks: From Digital to Designer

Instructors: Becky Thomas and David Wolske

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee: $25

The pedestrian chapbook suddenly becomes the quintessential little black dress when bookmaking craft couples with chic materials, au courant software, and digital printing capabilities. In this five-hour workshop participants first utilize the Marriott Library computers to experience the design possibilities of word processing programs and the Espresso Book Machine. We then move to the Book Arts Studio for discussion and hands-on instruction for pairing off-the-rack materials with innovative forms to fashion custom-made chapbook projects ready for the runway. Participants leave with the foundation needed to begin designing, digitally printing and constructing their own line of boutique books.

Becky Thomas came to book arts from studies in creative writing and literature. Her fascination with text, its history, fable, and manipulation, informs all of her bookwork. Her editing work on local creative journals and her interest in small press publishing adds texture to her teaching and artistic production.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 26, Saturday, 9:30–1:30

Educator's mini-workshop: Paper, Print, and Book Stampede
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, May 14

Instructors: Sandy Brunvand, Laura Decker, Allyn Hart, Becky Thomas, and Mary Toscano

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Rustle up some design and content for your students' bookmaking projects. Book Arts staff in cahoots with some high-falutin community artists go whole hog in this four-hour shindig. Join them for a little horsin' around and learn simple ways for your little buckaroos to add images to their bookwork. Drawin', stampin', rubbin,' printin,' transferrin'—all done with simple, readily available, and kid-friendly materials. Get your registration in lickety-split. You don't want to miss this hullabaloo!

Allyn Hart, of Alta, Utah, uses printmaking, sewing, drawing, and painting to produce intricate monoprints, just one of the art forms that make up her extensive portfolio. Sandy Brunvand, a co-founder of Saltgrass Printmakers in Salt Lake City, involves both material and metaphoric layers in her prints, evoking connections to the places she inhabits. Laura Decker, Mary Toscano, and Becky Thomas, of the Book Arts Program, feel incredibly lucky to have jobs where they are involved with art and bookmaking every day. All three are active participants in the literary and visual arts communities.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

APRIL

April 1 & 2, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Marbling with the Master

Instructor: Galen Berry

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $25

Something magical happens when an old book is opened and the enchantment begins with the beautiful, multicolored, patterned pastedowns. In this workshop learn the age-old secrets of making professional-quality marbled papers. Prepare to be amazed at the quantity and charmed by the names of the patterns presented: peacock, stone marble, Spanish wave, feather, nonpareil, French curl, Italian vein, and flowers. Slightly more complex techniques such as thistle, moire, fantasy wave, antique spot, and ripple are covered the second day. Participants experiment with overmarbling and masking and learn proper use of marbling ingredients. Working on paper and fabric, each participant takes home up to thirty marbled sheets.

Galen Berry, a self-taught marbling artist, developed his techniques through experimentation with arcane instructions and strange ingredients over the last twenty years. Galen sells his work nationwide and graciously passes on his secrets to students numbering in the thousands. See his website: www.marbleart.us.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

April 7, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture: Liberinto: The Visual and Verbal Labyrinth

Speaker: Pamela Moore

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Pamela Moore will talk about her creative journey across twenty-five years of work with the artist's book. Spanning from her early use of photography and textiles, through a decade of metal books, to fine bookbinding and eventually the written word. Her talk will conclude with a general look at Visual Poetry today.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

April 8 & 9, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Visual Poetry: Words into Books

Instructor: Pamela Moore

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $25

Poetry, with its experimentation and freedom of expression, invites the integration of words into non-standard book formats. In this class participants work to translate the verbal elements of poetry and prose into visual language and extend their approach of presenting poetry into the tactile plane. Beginning with discussion of two renowned, Spanish, visual poets, and progressing through a series of practical exercises, participants expand their own interpretive sensibilities and explore the use of the senses, the elements, geometric and organic shapes, movement, metaphor, and light as means of communication. Over two days, a variety of possibilities for housing short texts in informative or symbolic enclosures (or apertures) are considered, as well as the way objects, imagery, text and photography are used to create powerful visual metaphors. Discussion of a wide variety of materials and aesthetic options familiarizes participants with the range of possible solutions to design challenges and makes clear how aesthetic decisions inform the content of projects. Utilizing low-tech techniques such as stamping, writing, collage, and rubbing, participants integrate texts of their choice into a small-format final project—a book, object, artist's book, or prototype. Previous bookbinding experience is not necessary, but some artistic knowledge is helpful for the technical elaboration of the chosen design.

Pamela Moore, an American book artist who has lived in Spain for most of her professional life, began her career in book arts in San Francisco after receiving a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona. In the early 90s she studied fine binding in Barcelona, which led her to an apprenticeship with the master Czech binder Jan Sobota. Her one-of-a-kind books became sculptural explorations combining copper, brass, paper, and leather with traditional and innovative binding techniques. Throughout her career, Moore has exhibited her one-of-a-kind books in both group and individual shows in the US and abroad. See her website: www.liberinto.com.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

April 29–June 3

Exhibition: Booking a Brouhaha: Artists' Books Course III

Curator: Marriott Library Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Book Arts Program students trigger quite a commotion as they showcase the final editions and ingenious bookwork created as part of spring semester's Artists' Books class. Revel in the design, writing, and craft that coalesce to produce a bit of everything from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to democratic multiples. As the world of the printed page explodes in different directions, these students utilize the ensuing pandemonium to instigate stunning innovations in the art of the book.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MAY

May 14, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's mini-workshop: Paper, Print, and Book Stampede

Instructors: Sandy Brunvand, Laura Decker, Allyn Hart, Becky Thomas, and Mary Toscano

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Rustle up some design and content for your students' bookmaking projects. Book Arts staff in cahoots with some high-falutin community artists go whole hog in this four-hour shindig. Join them for a little horsin' around and learn simple ways for your little buckaroos to add images to their bookwork. Drawin', stampin', rubbin,' printin,' transferrin'—all done with simple, readily available, and kid-friendly materials. Get your registration in lickety-split. You don't want to miss this hullabaloo!

Allyn Hart, of Alta, Utah, uses printmaking, sewing, drawing, and painting to produce intricate monoprints, just one of the art forms that make up her extensive portfolio. Sandy Brunvand, a co-founder of Saltgrass Printmakers in Salt Lake City, involves both material and metaphoric layers in her prints, evoking connections to the places she inhabits. Laura Decker, Mary Toscano, and Becky Thomas, of the Book Arts Program, feel incredibly lucky to have jobs where they are involved with art and bookmaking every day. All three are active participants in the literary and visual arts communities.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

May 18–August 3, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress 1, 2, & 3
This class is repeated August 24–December 7

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JUNE

June 4, Saturday, 9:00–1:00

Workshop: Making Short Work of the Long-Stitch

Instructor: Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee: $20

The elegant long-stitch has been used for inventive artists' books and beautiful journals, but don't be fooled by the apparent complexity of this exposed-sewing binding. With a few simple tools and tricks of the trade, this soft-cover structure can be as simple as A-B-C, and embellishments to this beauty, easy as 1-2-3. An assortment of thread, buttons, covers, and closures ensures that the long-stitch never gets old. In this workshop, participants view exemplars of long-stitch bindings from the Marriott Library's Rare Books Collection, learn the techniques used to bind them, and leave with a blank book of their own making, along with instructions and ideas for constructing more in the future. Do-Re-Mi!

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor and Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, and the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist's books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 6–July 8

Exhibition: The History of the Bible from 1455 to 1611

Curator: Stan Larson

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Beginning with luminous Latin incunabula and an original leaf from Gutenberg's Bible—the first edition printed from moveable type—this exhibition from the J. Willard Marriott Library's Rare Books Collection highlights the Bible's history as book object. Here are manuscripts and printed works of wide-ranging geographic origin, including Erasmus's 1516 edition of the Greek New Testament, and manuscript and printed Latin, Syriac, Coptic, and Old Church Slavonic texts. Rounding out this sumptuous survey are various English translations, from Tyndale in 1525 to the King James Version of 1611. These offerings from the Marriott Library's Rare Books Collection afford a unique glimpse into the Bible's material chronicle.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191t

June 22–25, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Intensive workshop: Art and Craft of Byzantine Binding

Instructor: Anna Embree

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $320; materials fee: $75

The Byzantine Empire spread across three continents and spanned more than a millennium. The bindings of this post-classical period reflect its ornateness, mystery, and cultural expansiveness. In this workshop, led step-by-step by a skilled and expert guide, participants learn about the structure through the construction of a historic model. This stately structure features uniquely shaped wooden boards, a text block sewn in two halves then joined in the center, full leather covering, decorative blind tooling, dramatic raised end bands, and braided leather clasps that hold the archaic tome closed. Find a clear pathway through the labyrinth of history in this four-day intensive workshop. Some binding experience is recommended.

Anna Embree is Associate Professor at the University of Alabama where she teaches bookbinding for the MFA in Book Arts Program in the School of Library and Information Sciences. Anna holds a Master of Arts in Textiles and Clothing from Iowa State University, a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts and Technologies from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Iowa. In addition to these degree programs, Anna completed an apprenticeship in Rare Book Conservation at the University of Iowa Libraries.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JULY

July 14, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture: The Pedagogical Pop-Up Book

Speaker: Shawn Sheehy

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Shawn Sheehy earned a teaching certificate and taught (briefly) in the second-grade classroom before ultimately becoming a pop-up engineer. This lecture explores the ways in which his teacher training and experiences influence his books, and how he uses his books to continue delivering lessons to children of all ages.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

July 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Educator's workshop: Paper Engineering in the Classroom

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Use an accordion to play literacy and sequencing games, a tunnel book to explore the Amazon jungle, and an upcycled book to teach concrete green strategies and environmental awareness! Everyone knows books can be used to teach language arts, but what about using books to teach geometry, science, or art? Creating book forms with students provides opportunities for teaching the applied arts of sewing, gluing, and cutting; the math and logic skills required to execute them successfully; and a means for inspiring, developing, recording, and celebrating content of any sort. Projects such as these engage a student visually, kinesthetically, and when shared with others, aurally. In this two-day workshop, educators build book forms that can be used as multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching curricula, while engaging in a number of content-developing activities that pair wonderfully with book-making. As book artist Ed Hutchins says: "The book arts are at the intersection where writing, illustration, discovery, creativity and sharing come together to support the classroom curriculum."

Shawn Sheehy is a book artist, teacher, and designer living in Chicago. He holds degrees in both Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts. His artist's books feature lots of handmade paper and pop-up animals. He teaches workshops from coast to coast with students of all ages on a variety of book arts topics. His commercial pop-up clients include the American Girl Company and American Greetings. Please see his website: www.shawnsheehy.com.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

July 15–September 9

Cosponsored Exhibition: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

The Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City present 50 Books / 50 Covers, the international traveling exhibition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Since 1923, the AIGA 50/50 competition and exhibition has recognized excellence in book design and production. Considered the country's most prestigious exhibition of book and cover design, the juried exhibition presents the best book and cover design of 2009.

Please join the Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers, on Thursday, September 8, from 5:30–7:00 in the Special Collections Gallery.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

AUGUST

August 6 & 27, Saturdays, 1:00–5:00, and August 19, Friday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Comic Relief: Alternative Letterpress Forms

Instructors: Laura Decker, Claire Taylor, Mary Toscano

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $145; materials fee: $30

In this workshop, supermen and wonder women marvel at zines, then collect their thought bubbles to create sequential imagery and learn alternative printing methods to make their own. Each participant starts by selecting a simple book format and spawning a concept. Then they etch imagery onto scribe coat film (a vintage material once used for map making, and ideal for fine line work), develop photopolymer plates from which to letterpress-print, and use antique wood type to create eye-POP!-ing covers for their alternative publications. Participants edition their projects to exchange with one another and carry their fresh collections home in a letterpress-printed, comic-book-store-inspired paper bag...cooler than Iceman!

Laura Decker graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, with a BFA in Illustration. She promptly moved back home to Salt Lake City and works as a Studio Assistant at the Book Arts Program. Laura's work is exhibited both locally and nationally.

Claire Taylor is a local artist who currently works as the Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. She works in drawing, printmaking, installation, and works on and with paper. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally. Mary is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 13, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's mini-workshop: The Simple Thread of Sewn Books
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, October 8.

Instructor: Louona Tanner

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

When a story is presented in book form, it comes to life—like Pinocchio! Students are enchanted when they see their words or artwork in a real book. Even more exciting and empowering is when they can accomplish the binding themselves. In this workshop, educators learn simple sewn book forms—the Japanese side stitch, the Ethiopian wish book, and the ribbon spine, to name but a few—to share with their students. With these magical lessons in hand, students can spin their yarns and bind them too, happily ever after!

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination and calligraphy with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program and the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and taught at YouthCity for eight years. She has exhibited her work at the Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, Covey Center for the Arts, J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 20, Saturday, 12:30–4:30

Workshop: Creating Custom Bookcloth

Instructor: Chris McAfee

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee: $20

Fabric offers an attractive and durable solution for covering boxes and book covers, but ready-made bookcloth presents a limited palette of mostly solid colors and humdrum textures. Don't get hemmed in by run-of-the-mill choices! Instead, back your own textiles with Japanese paper for use as bookcloth. Want to cover an artist's book with calico from your grandmother's apron? Think art-deco-printed percale would make a swell cover for your next blank journal? Would sleek silk be an elegant solution for that photo album you're making? In this workshop, participants expand their ability to tailor their bookwork by learning to back fabric with simple materials and easy-to-access tools.

Chris McAfee, who for many years taught the Book Arts Program's bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 24–December 7, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress 1, 2, & 3

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 25–December 8, Thursdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3

Instructor: Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

Emily Tipps is Studio Coordinator and Binding Instructor at the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She discovered the world of chapbooks and small presses while earning her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado. Enchanted, she went on to receive her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She has taught courses in creative writing and book arts at the Universities of Alabama and Colorado. Emily is also the proprietor of High5 Press, whose limited-edition artist's books are held in collections and exhibited nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

SEPTEMBER

September 8, Thursday; reception 5:30–7:00 / film 7:00–9:30

AIGA 50 Books 50 Covers exhibit and Amos Kennedy film screening promotion

Reception for the exhibition 50 Books / 50 Covers
– AND –
Free screening of the film Proceed and Be Bold!

Reception Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Screening Location: Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library, 1st floor

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

50 Books / 50 Covers is the international traveling exhibition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Since 1923, the AIGA 50/50 competition and exhibition has recognized excellence in book design and production. This juried exhibition, considered the country's most prestigious exhibition of book and cover design, presents the best designs of 2009.

Proceed and Be Bold! documents the story of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., who discovered letterpress printing on a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Immediately hooked, he returned home to set up a small print shop in his basement. Kennedy's provocative work, humor, and lifestyle question the premises of the contemporary art world, as well as widely held assumptions about what constitutes success. See the trailer here. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Kennedy, who is visiting Utah to teach a workshop at the Book Arts Program September 9 & 10 (for details see "The Joker's Wild" below).

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

September 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: The Joker's Wild: Unpredictable Letterpress

Instructor: Amos Kennedy

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $30

Anty up for this two-day printing adventure with Amos Kennedy, the wild card of letterpress. Participants go all in, using layers of ink, bold graphic elements, wood type, and ingenuity to create unique broadsides. Don't be intimidated by fine press printing—break away from letterpress's staid side. Leave the poker face at home, and bring ideas, spontaneity, and style to discover what's up the dealer's sleeve. No bluffing: for practiced pressmen and nervous novitiates alike, this workshop is an ace-in-the-hole.

Amos Kennedy works in a studio chock-full of presses and wood type in the small town of Gordo, Alabama and teaches extensively around the country and the world, including numerous workshops in Italy. His work is uniquely affordable and widely collected.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

September 16–November 4

Exhibition: Counterform: A Juried Show of Utah Book Work

Curator: Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

This returning exhibition showcases outstanding work produced by Utah's bookmakers. Open to professionals, amateurs, and students alike, this juried exhibition highlights the witty and the preposterous, the poignant and the sublime—works of remarkable concept and design. Many of these books are created in response to Book Arts Program workshops and classes; all manifest the freshness inherent in courageous creativity.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

OCTOBER
October 8, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's mini-workshop: The Simple Thread of Sewn Books

Instructor: Louona Tanner

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

When a story is presented in book form, it comes to life—like Pinocchio! Students are enchanted when they see their words or artwork in a real book. Even more exciting and empowering is when they can accomplish the binding themselves. In this workshop, educators learn simple sewn book forms—the Japanese side stitch, the Ethiopian wish book, and the ribbon spine, to name but a few—to share with their students. With these magical lessons in hand, students can spin their yarns and bind them too, happily ever after!

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination and calligraphy with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program and the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and taught at YouthCity for eight years. She has exhibited her work at the Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, Covey Center for the Arts, J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

NOVEMBER

November 12, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Press to Post in a Day

Instructor: Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $80; materials fee: $30

Hoping to send unique holiday cards this year? Want to personalize thank-you cards? Got a great idea for a sassy salutation? Get down and dirty with some printer's devilry! This card-printing extravaganza introduces the aesthetic and technical delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and use the Book Arts Program's vast collection of vintage zinc cuts and metal type to design and print an inspired and personalized greeting. Leave with an edition of approximately fifty letterpress-printed cards.

Claire Taylor is a local artist who currently works as the Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

DECEMBER

No events scheduled.

JANUARY

January 12–April 27, Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists' Books

Instructors: Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 4090(non-major) Art 4390 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Artists' books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists' books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artists' books.

Just as artists' books often involve collaboration, this class is team taught by Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey. Chris, who also teaches the Book Arts Program's bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

January 29–February 26

Exhibition: Dramatis Personae

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

This exhibition highlights the intersection of theater, dance, music, and print culture from the mid-sixteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. Early print culture dramatically changed the performance arts. It introduced a way of disseminating theater, music, and the dance to a broader audience than could be present to witness the performance, and offered the possibility of preserving the traces of sound and movement for posterity. From a copy of the first edition (1649) of a play by Claude Boyer to the first edition (1739) of Jean Philippe Rameau's ballet, Les Fêtes d'Hébé, and an 1832 edition of Blaze-Castil's treatise on dance, these rare books document the material remnants of early modern European performance. Through their presence we glimpse the ephemeral world of living art before modern recording. The acknowledgement of performance arts through the medium of static print and image is a testament to the goal of an Enlightened Europe to document, study and critique its world.

The Rare Book Collections of the J. Willard Marriott Library document the heritage of the book. From the first clay tablet to modern fine press and artists' books, these collections trace the development of books as they detail the progression of law, literature, philosophy, science, and the exploration of the Americas. These library collections bring history to life, revealing as much about the present as the past—providing insights into both the words and the world in which they were formed.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

FEBRUARY

February 18, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture

Speaker: Tini Miura, Japan & California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th Floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

February 27, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Viva La Révolution: Process, Printing, and Politic of the Poster

Instructors: Becky Williams Thomas and David Wolske, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $80; materials fee: $25

Be it politics, propaganda, or publicity, the printed poster injects its message into the daily lives of the populace. Its fast, cheap, and hands-on mode of production easily differentiates the poster from the powers of the establishment. Hijack the design process, taking the impulsive spontaneity of poster production directly to the letterpress. Using various methods of image production such as relief blocks, pressure prints, and type elements, letterpress print a number of posters on a variety of papers. Come get inky and involved with the letterpress, and leave impressed with what this machine can do.

David Wolske is the Designer for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

Becky Thomas came to book arts from studies in creative writing and literature. Her fascination with text, its history, fable, and manipulation, informs all of her bookwork. Her editing work on local creative journals and her interest in small press publishing adds texture to her teaching and artistic production.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MARCH

March 3, 10, 17, 31, & April 7, Wednesday, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $180; materials fee $60

Learn foundational book-repair techniques including dry cleaning; paper mending; sewing; repairing of loose joints, torn spines and endcaps; and mending detached boards. This five-session course is limited to eight motivated participants. Manual dexterity and patience are highly recommended. Participants receive a kit of basic materials and tools as well as damaged books to repair. At the seminar's completion, participants are capable of assessing damage to non-rare books and executing basic, non-damaging techniques necessary for repair.

Tomomi Nakashima started book conservation training in 1997 as a student employee at the Marriott Library, University of Utah while working on an MA in linguistics. In 2002, she relocated to Mesa, AZ where she worked as a book conservator for Roswell Bookbinding. Returning to Utah and the Marriott Library in 2005, she is currently the Head Conservator in the Preservation Department, taking care of rare books and various special projects for the University collections.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 5–April 23

Exhibition: Marking Time: Guild of Bookworkers Triennial Exhibition

Reception: March 11, 5:30–7:30

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The Guild of Book Workers traveling exhibition Marking Time comes to the Special Collections Gallery of the J. Willard Marriott Library. In Marking Time, members of the Guild translate their personal examinations of time into books that showcase a diversity of backgrounds and vision. Demonstrating a plethora of skills and materials, this exhibition juxtaposes the best of traditional leather bindings with the dyed, painted, collaged, and carved methods synonymous with experimental design.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 20, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Flipping Out and Over: Folded Books, Portfolios, and Boxes
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, October 16

Instructor: Antonia Nelson, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Fold a sheet of paper in half, then each half in half again. Two dimensions become three and incredibly, from out of the flat, mountains and valleys appear. One more fold and a tiny cut yield an eight-page book. Betsy Ross made four more folds then cut out our flag's five-point star. Flip out over the mystifying way simple folds transform the humdrum sheet into books, boxes, and portfolios. Learn the secret of using these kid-constructed containers to house and enhance classroom discoveries.

Antonia Nelson has been making books for over ten years, creating her first, a folded book with hand-drawn illustrations and a pop-up, while obtaining her BFA at the University of Utah. Upon discovering letterpress printing and bookbinding at the Book Arts Program, she was totally hooked. She travels to workshops and classes all over the country to study with luminaries of the book arts world. Under the imprint Curmudgeoness Press, Toni produces limited edition, hand-made artists' books, which have been shown in exhibitions nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

APRIL

April 8, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture

Speaker: Emily McVarish, California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th Floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

April 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: A Little Topsey in the Turvey: Materiality and Mechanics of Letterpress Production

Instructor: Emily McVarish, California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $30

Invert the traditional primacy of concept over execution in this workshop exploring the materiality and mechanics of letterpress production. From typesetting to presswork, participants use process as source for textual meaning and form. Employing experimental literary strategies and innovative printing techniques, embrace the physical constraints and the possibilities of combination unique to the letterpress in order to generate and configure original texts. Writing, designing, and printing all proceed simultaneously to produce a small edition of broadsides.

Emily McVarish is a book artist, writer, and designer living in San Francisco where she has operated her presses Axel and Otto since 1990. Her artists' books are held by major museums and libraries and have been widely exhibited, most recently in "\flo\: art, text, new media" at the Center for the Book Arts in New York. View two of her books on-line in their entirety at Artists' Books Online. Emily McVarish is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at California College of the Arts. With Johanna Drucker she co-authored Graphic Design: A Critical History published by Prentice Hall in 2008.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

April 30–June 11

Exhibition: Booking a Brouhaha

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

Book Arts Program students trigger quite a commotion as they showcase the final editions and ingenious bookwork created as part of spring semester's Artists' Books class. Revel in the design, writing, and craft that coalesce to produce a bit of everything from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to democratic multiples. As the world of the printed page explodes in different directions these students utilize the ensuing pandemonium to instigate stunning innovations in the art of the book.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MAY

May 15, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Baking Up a Dozen: 13 Books from a Letter-sized Sheet
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, August 14

Instructor: Louona Tanner, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Bake-up a batch of books. Take one ream of text paper, 500 sheets. Fold it, tear it, twist it around. Sprinkle liberally with classroom content. Write on it, color it, and sauce it up with art. Season with creativity. Serve this amazing baker's dozen to a classroom of children, hungry for books. Unlimited serving size.

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program, the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and YouthCity. She has exhibited her work at Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, the J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

May 19–August 4, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress Printing 1, 2, & 3
This class is repeated August 25–December 8

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Designer for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JUNE

June 9–12, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Intensive workshop: A Space to Make Your Mark: Complex Multi-Level Boxes

Instructor: Julie Chen, California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Intensive fee: $320; materials fee: $60

With the potential to both conceal and reveal, the box becomes much more than a simple container. When using the box as an expressive medium, design and function become vital elements to create an experience of discovery and wonder. This 4-day intensive takes the art and craft of boxmaking to new levels of complexity, both technically and conceptually. Participants make three boxes: one with multiple levels, a drawer, an upper compartment, and a magnetic closure; another with a Plexiglas-topped shadowbox compartment in the lid; and last, a box that unrolls to reveal several trays. As participants learn the secrets of creating complex hybrid-box structures, they also explore the potential of the box form. The instructor's collection of innovative hybrid-box models helps generate conversation and ideas for future boxes. Some previous bookmaking experience, including a basic familiarity with the tools and techniques of bookbinding and/or boxmaking is strongly recommended for this workshop.

Internationally recognized book artist Julie Chen operates Flying Fish Press and teaches and lectures on bookmaking for the Mills College Book Art Program and throughout the country. She completed a degree in printmaking at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained an advanced degree in book arts from Mills College. Julie continually pushes the conceptual limits of her books, allowing reader interaction to play an important role. A skilled letterpress printer, Julie ably blends the non-traditional with the traditional, creating singular works sought out by collectors around the globe. Julie's work and artistic philosophy are featured in the PBS series Craft in America and in an on-line video.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 10, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture

Speaker: Julie Chen, California

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 18–August 13

Cosponsored Exhibition: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City present 50 Books / 50 Covers, the international traveling exhibition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Since 1924, the AIGA 50/50 competition and exhibition has recognized excellence in book design and production. Considered the country's most prestigious book exhibition, it presents the best books and covers of 2008.

Please join the Book Arts Program for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers, on Thursday, July 22, from 5:30–7:30 in the Special Collections Gallery.

The exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 26, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Workshop: Peep Show: Design and Construction of the Tunnel Book

Instructor: Amber Heaton, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee: $20

Those peering into the historic, tunnel-book structure are drawn mysteriously away from the flat page and into a three-dimensional world. Cutouts in the middle of the book's pages allow the reader to see through the book, viewing every page at the same time, but from new, magical perspectives. Workshop participants learn three different methods of constructing a tunnel structure: one is formed from a single sheet of paper; in another, images are cut directly from the tunnel book pages; a third incorporates outside images into the book's peep-show art. In creating models of these books, participants consider the advantages and possible uses of each and collect prototypes for use in future tunnel-book projects.

Living in Salt Lake City, UT, Amber Heaton is an artist working in the media of print, sculpture, and installation. Her most recent body of work features creatures from the deep sea. She enjoys building up layers of transparent ink on dark paper. Her installations, prints, and book projects are exhibited nationally. Amber currently holds the position of PR and Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JULY

July 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Educator's Workshop: Handmade Books for a Healthy Planet: Around the World with Recycled Materials

Instructor: Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Massachusetts

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

For two days, give your imagination and energy over to three things: making and creating books, sharing and understanding our world's cultures, and using recycled materials to conserve resources by looking at things we throw away in a fresh way. Beginning with some history about book forms from around the world, move directly into making lots and lots of books. Benefit from guided, step-by-step instructions as well as time to work independently. While exploring variations on forms, think about and use different recycled materials in constructing books to fit your curriculum. The emphasis is on ease of construction, simplicity of materials, and a free-spirited approach to the process—no rulers allowed.

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord is the author of Hands-On History: Middle Ages, Super Pop-up Reports for American History, Multicultural Books to Make and Share, and Handmade Books for a Healthy Planet. She is the founder of makingbooks.com, a site offering web content, ebooks, and YouTube tutorials to inspire educators and parents to make books with children. Since 1990, she has taught bookmaking workshops to over 30,000 students and 5,000 teachers. Her artists' books are exhibited in numerous museums, libraries, and private collections worldwide.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

July 22, Thursday, 5:30–7:30

Reception: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Please join the Book Arts Program for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers.

The reception is FREE and open to the public. The Book Arts Program invites the first fifty attendees to letterpress print an exhibition keepsake.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

July 31, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Flex-a-sketch: Crafting the Custom Sketchbook

Instructor: Chris McAfee, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $80; materials fee: $25

Anne Frank kept a private diary, da Vinci, a secret sketchbook. Darwin noted the voyage of the Beagle in his journal. Which form of the blank page assists your creative process? In this workshop, participants construct a blank book with a shaped-spine, making adaptations according to personal preferences. The size is flexible, up to 12 x 9.5 inches, and the boards are covered with decorative material that suits individual tastes. Discussions include functionality and customization to fit various needs. Participants leave with a personalized, multi-purpose tool designed and built to enhance their artistic and literary endeavors.

Chris McAfee, who teaches the Book Arts Program bookbinding course, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University where he began learning to bind books. He received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he learned book conservation. Chris has since worked for both BYU and the LDS Church History Department conserving and preserving books, documents, photographs, and other artifacts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

AUGUST

August 14, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Baking Up a Dozen: 13 Books from a Letter-sized Sheet

Instructor: Louona Tanner, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Bake-up a batch of books. Take one ream of text paper, 500 sheets. Fold it, tear it, twist it around. Sprinkle liberally with classroom content. Write on it, color it, and sauce it up with art. Season with creativity. Serve this amazing baker's dozen to a classroom of children, hungry for books. Unlimited serving size.

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program, the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and YouthCity. She has exhibited her work at Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, the J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 18, Wednesday, 4:30

Lecture

Speaker: Cynthia Thompson, Tennessee

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 19–21, Thursday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Layer Upon Layer: Utilizing Stencils in Papermaking and Printing

Instructor: Cynthia Thompson, Tennessee

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $240; materials fee: $30

Magic happens when letterpress printing combines with the basics of hand papermaking. Focusing on the expanded use of the stencil, participants create a multi-layered broadside edition and a handmade paper folio. Each participant forms handmade sheets of paper containing their unique watermark from a stencil designed and created using demonstrated techniques. Expanded demonstrations of papermaking artistry illustrate innovations such as "line bleeding," where pigmented pulp is flooded through a stencil to create an image. Applying various methods and imagery, participants craft and use a second set of stencils to print on the flatbed presses. Following detailed demonstrations of pressure printing, ink modification, and printing techniques, participants produce a multiple-layered print on handmade paper. Discussion of work incorporating pressure printing with other media such as woodcut, digital prints, and hand papermaking guarantees that scintillating conversations rule the day.

Cynthia Thompson is currently Professor of Book and Paper Arts at the Memphis College of Art. In 2003, she taught both papermaking and book arts in Cortona, Italy as visiting faculty with the University of Georgia's study abroad program. Cynthia often uses paper pulp to explore issues of body image and imperfection, once peppering her handmade, pigmented paper with powdered soap to imitate flesh. Her solo exhibitions include prestigious venues across the country. Cynthia received her BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 20–October 1

Exhibition: ¡Viva México!

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, the Rare Books Division presents a selection of Mesoamerican manuscript facsimiles; 16th through 19th century first and early editions of books that document México's history of encounter, conquest, conversion, conflict and resolution; and 20th and 21st century artists' books celebrating México's artistic and literary heritage. ¡Viva México!

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 25–December 8, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress Printing 1, 2, & 3

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Designer for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 26–December 9, Thursdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3

Instructor: Chris McAfee, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

Chris McAfee received a BFA in printmaking in 1993 from Brigham Young University where he was first introduced to bookbinding. In 1995, he received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he developed an interest in book conservation. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

SEPTEMBER

September 23, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture: The Book as Interactive Sculpture

Speaker: Alicia Bailey, Colorado

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

A studio artist working across multiple disciplines, Alicia Bailey presents work focusing on bookarts and assemblage. Her art consistently emphasizes the book as interactive sculpture and embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. For this lecture, Alicia offers a brief overview of her sculptural bookworks in addition to a step-by-step presentation of more complex projects, discussing various sources and inspirations.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

September 24 & 25, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Binding the Strange and Unusual: Books with Rigid Pages

Instructor: Alicia Bailey, Colorado

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $50

Inventive bookbinders looking to exploit the unconventional, quirky, and odd turn to ridgid-page bindings. Incorporating Plexiglas, wood, glass, metal, and cardboard, these structures are particularly useful to those interested in sculptural book forms. Through model building, this workshop teaches several different rigid-page forms. The first model is adapted from Keith Smith's many explorations of across-the-spine bindings and sewn, single sheets. The second, particularly suited for creating sandwiches of layered, transparent materials, is an adaptation of Hedi Kyle's Mongolian Book. The third model is the instructor's unique design, using Tyvek hinges between boards; the fourth, a variation of a stiff-leaf structure; the fifth, if time allows, a wire-edge structure. Participants construct all models out of binder's board, but, through demonstration and discussion, learn adaptations for alternative materials.

Alicia Bailey of Denver, Colorado has worked as a studio artist for thirty years in a variety of two- and three-dimensional media, focusing on the book form for the past fifteen. Familiarity with so many materials proves invaluable to her explorations of the book form as interactive sculpture. Alicia is a visiting artist at high schools and colleges throughout the country and has books in numerous public and private collections. Her Abecedarian Gallery provides juried exhibitions, catalogues, and general support of the book arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

OCTOBER

October 8–November 26

Exhibition: Counterform: Juried Exhibition of Work by Utah Book Artists

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

This exhibit returns to continue the tradition of showcasing the outstanding work produced by Utah's bookmakers. Open to professionals, amateurs, and students, this juried exhibition highlights the witty and the preposterous, the poignant and the sublime. Many of these books are created in response to Book Arts Program workshops and classes, and all manifest the freshness inherent in courageous creativity.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

October 16, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator's Mini-Workshop: Flipping Out and Over: Folded Books, Portfolios, and Boxes

Instructor: Antonia Nelson, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Fold a sheet of paper in half, then each half in half again. Two dimensions become three and incredibly, from out of the flat, mountains and valleys appear. One more fold and a tiny cut yield an eight-page book. Betsy Ross made four more folds then cut out our flag's five-point star. Flip out over the mystifying way simple folds transform the humdrum sheet into books, boxes, and portfolios. Learn the secret of using these kid-constructed containers to house and enhance classroom discoveries.

Antonia Nelson has been making books for over ten years, creating her first, a folded book with hand-drawn illustrations and a pop-up, while obtaining her BFA at the University of Utah. Upon discovering letterpress printing and bookbinding at the Book Arts Program, she was totally hooked. She travels to workshops and classes all over the country to study with luminaries of the book arts world. Under the imprint Curmudgeoness Press, Toni produces limited edition, hand-made artists' books, which have been shown in exhibitions nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

NOVEMBER

November 13, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Press-to-Post in a Day: Letterpressed Personal Greeting Cards

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $80; materials fee: $30

Hoping to send unique holiday cards this year? Want to personalize thank-you or greeting cards? Get down and dirty with some printer's devilry! This card-printing hullabaloo introduces the aesthetic and technical delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and use our vast collection of antique cuts and metal type to create an inspired and personalized greeting. Leave with an edition of approximately 50 letterpress-printed cards.

Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography and is Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

DECEMBER

No events scheduled.

JANUARY

January 13–April 28, Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists' Books

Instructors: Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $375; materials fee: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 4090 (non-major); Art 4390 (art major).

Artists' books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists' books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either three one-of-a-kind books or a single edition of artists' books.

Just as artists' books often involve collaboration, this class is team taught by Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey. Chris, who also teaches the Book Arts Program's bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for Brigham Young University and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Acting Head of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-editions books for the Red Butte Press. She has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

January 16–February 27

Exhibition: The Evolution of Charles Darwin

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The significance of his observations during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle led Charles Darwin to spend the next twenty years working out a mechanism of evolution through processes of natural selection. He published his seminal work, On Origin of Species, in 1859. The book caused a sensation when it was published, and the controversy continues unabated. Darwin's ideas are still condemned, supported, and debated one hundred and fifty years later. The work of others before him and that of contemporary scientists influenced Darwin's thinking. An evolution of thought brought Darwin to his revolutionary conclusions. The J. Willard Marriott Library presents first editions from its rare collections of pre-Darwinian thinking, the work of Darwin's contemporaries, and his own work.

The Rare Book Collections of the J. Willard Marriott Library document the heritage of the book. From the first clay tablet to modern fine press and artists' books, these collections trace the development of books as they detail the progression of law, literature, philosophy, science, and the exploration of the Americas. These library collections bring history to life, revealing as much about the present as the past—providing insights into both the words and the world in which they were formed.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

FEBRUARY

No scheduled events.

MARCH

March 7, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Proofing Press-tidigitations

Instructors: David Wolske and Claire Taylor, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $75; materials fee: $25

There is magic to be made on a table-top proofing press. These little marvels are relatively affordable, manageably-sized, and more widely available than their larger counterparts, making them an easy first step for hobbyists. The ease of clean-up and maintenance makes these presses perfect for experimentation. Ink-up for some proofing- press hocus-pocus. Using wood type and relief blocks, print multiple colors simultaneously, on various weights of paper and different substrates, including fabric. Learn tips for registering and printing multiples. Leave totally charmed by the printing possibilities of the proofing press.

David Wolske is an artist, designer, and typographer currently working as a Project Coordinator for the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's work was published in "New Vintage Type" by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller. He has received awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

Claire Taylor is a local artist who also happens to work at the Book Arts Program. She has taught and co-taught a few local workshops. She received a BFA in printmaking in 2007. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 6–April 24

Exhibition: Lasting Impressions: 25 Years of Pyracantha Press

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

Established in 1982, Arizona State University's Pyracantha Press selects book arts projects that have particular merit in literary content, result in visual or technical research, or provide for significant collaboration between writers and artists. Each publication is produced with professional care and quality by director John Risseeuw, book arts printer Dan Mayer, and graduate research assistants. Publications include work by Buzz Spector, Rita Dove, and James Dickey, along with work from Risseeuw's own Cabbagehead Press. This retrospective brings the best of Pyracantha Press to the Marriott Library.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 21, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Shaken and Stirred: The Ethiopian Link-Stitch with a Modern Twist

Instructor: Pam Barrios, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $75; Materials fee: $25

The exposed sewing of a traditional Ethiopian link-stitch, or Coptic binding, while appealing, can be difficult to adapt to alternative materials. Stir up this historic binding method and watch as it translates into modern expressions. Discuss the characteristics of various bookmaking materials and their relationships to one another. Complete a traditional Ethiopian link-stitch binding with paper covers and traditional string decoration. Then shake up these skills to create a modern rendition with board covers and endbands.

Pamela Barrios was introduced to conservation and book arts in 1976 at the New York Botanical Gardens. In 1990, after holding conservation positions at the New York Public Library, Yale University, and the New York Academy of Medicine, she moved to her present position as Rare Book Conservator at the Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Laboratory, Brigham Young University. Pam teaches classes and workshops throughout the country. Her artists' books and design bindings are exhibited internationally. She is an associate editor of the Bonefolder.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

March 26, 27 & 28, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Cosponsored Workshop: Adventure in Color, Texture and Design: Paste-Paper Books
Cosponsored by the Utah Calligraphic Artists

Instructor: Rosie Kelly, Illinois

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Discover the adventure contained in the paste-paper medium where papers appear to design themselves. Learn to embrace and exploit this process that evades precise control. In an atmosphere of free play, decorate paper with pigments and paste and then assemble these unique pages into book format. Instruction, experimental exercises, and a variety of handmade book exemplars assist in the layout and design of the text. By assembling these decorated pages into a single-book format, participants produce one-of-a-kind creations, impossible to replicate.

World-renowned calligrapher, book designer, and professional therapist, Rosie Kelly uses her interests in psychology, spirituality, and creativity to produce "word pictures." Through her studies with nationally know calligraphers, Rosie developed her love of texture, color, and design, which she employs in decorating papers that illustrate her unique sense of play.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: email Judy Sommerfeldt or call 801-226-1680

March 26, Thursday, 7:00

Cosponsored Lecture: Marrying the Text to the Page

Speaker: Rosie Kelly, Illinois

Location: 1050 HBLL, Library Auditorium, Harold B. Lee Library, Level 1, Brigham Young University

Calligrapher and book designer Rosie Kelly presents a wide variety of lettering art and its function in relation to the painted-page book. Discussion includes techniques, tools, and Rosie's love of word art, text, design, color, and texture—all important components of the "artmaking" process. Co-sponsored with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University,as part of BYU's annual A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference March 26–27, 2009.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: please contact the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at 801-422-3514

APRIL

Thursday, April 2, 5:30–8:00, with lecture at 7:00

Reception & Lecture: Lasting Impressions: 25 Years of Pyracantha Press

Speaker: John Risseeuw, Arizona

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th Floor

Please join the Book Arts Program for a reception celebrating Pyracantha and Cabbagehead Presses. Founder John Risseeuw provides an overview of the exhibition and history of the presses. See March listing for exhibition details.

The reception and lecture are FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

April 3 & 4, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Acrobatics on the Vandercook Cylinder Press

Instructor: John Risseeuw, Arizona

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $150; materials fee: $30

What can you do on a Vandercook Cylinder Press? Flip over these basic and innovative tricks for printing with nearly perfect registration, even with irregular sheets of hand-made paper, paper that is too long for the press, and other problems calling for well-choreographed solutions. Send your creativity cartwheeling with new techniques for printing with angled type, bouncing type, and textural relief surfaces. Turn somersaults over sandragraphs, low-relief collagraphs, and conceptual exercises in visual typography. Using the techniques demonstrated, participants collaborate and create a print/broadside utilizing both image and type.

In the early 1970's, John Risseeuw, newly outfitted with bachelor's and master's degrees in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, plunged into the whirlpool of innovative printmaking. Risseeuw eagerly added the art of making paper to his repertoire, a dimension that continues to inform his art. In 1980, Risseeuw settled at Arizona State University, where he teaches book arts and printmaking courses. He directs ASU's Pyracantha Press, which he established in 1982. Risseeuw's projects demonstrate that art and books can make a difference, as they often incorporate political and social themes. His 2002 Paper Landmine Print Project continues to generate funds for agencies that assist landmine victims and work for mine clearance.Visit Pyracantha Press.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

MAY

May 1–June 19

Exhibition: Burgeoning Bookworks

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

After spending spring semester in the Book Arts Program's first semester-length course on Artists' Books, thirty students from the University and Utah community exhibit their final editions and one-of-a-kind creations. Delight in the design, writing, and craft that appears in their bookwork. As we watch portions of the book world meld into blogs, web pages, and Google books, look to this exhibition for a vision of the tangible book that showcases creativity, craftsmanship, and beauty.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

May 20–August 5, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Letterpress

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $375; materials fee beginning: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major).

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

May 29 & 30, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Boxing it Up: Safekeeping a Singular Treasure

Instructor: Chris McAfee, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $150; materials fee: $25

Everyone has treasures: your son's first soccer cleats, the corsage from your daughter's prom, a special book with the object that inspired it. How do you preserve and collect these items? Construct boxes designed specifically for them! A hand-made box can meet the physical needs of housing these mementos, and represent their personalities at the same time. Learn measurement and design techniques necessary to shape a unique box, then fabricate a box that fits and compliments your personal treasure.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JUNE

June 10–13, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Intensive: Two Useful Wire Edge Binding Styles and When to Use Them

Instructor: Daniel Kelm, Massachusetts

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Intensive fee: $300; materials fee: $70

In this book structure workshop that covers structure and more, learn to make the intriguing metamorphic books made possible by the wire-edged binding while assessing the selection of one wire-edge style over another. Use both a simple thread attachment between sections, of stainless steel wires and a piano hinge configuration in creating a twenty-four-page structure. Discussions of the movement, feel, materials, and production for each wire-edged binding help assess the ideal hinging selection for anything from a codex to accordion to book sculpture. This combination of practice and evaluation expands the notion of what is possible and provides the means to apply wire-edged techniques to future projects.

Daniel Kelm studied chemistry and philosophy at the University of Minnesota before beginning his work with books over thirty years ago. This combination produced a master bookbinder and an original thinker, known for his innovative structures and extensive understanding of materials. Kelm believes that a binding must be constructed to interact with the book's content and become part of the reading. He employs this philosophy in his Wide Awake Garage Studio and teaches it in classes at his Garage School Annex. View Kelm's art installation Poetic Science at the Smith College Museum of Art.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 11, Thursday, 7:00

Cosponsored Lecture: Alchemy of Books

Speaker: Daniel Kelm, Massachusetts

Location: D. Lamar Jensen Seminar Room (1130 HBLL), L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Level 1, Brigham Young University

The transformational processes of alchemy inspire book artist Daniel Kelm. That which is elemental, the rapid alteration of fire, the subtle work of air, water's flow and balance and the geometric measure of earth all inform the conception and process of his art and books. Co-sponsored with the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: please contact the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at 801-422-3514

June 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: The Language of Pop-Ups

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy, Illinois

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $150; materials fee: $20

Who hasn't been surprised by the magic of a pop-up book? Begin with basic tools and explore techniques for building noun-like pop-ups (formal structures) and verb-like pop-ups (movement and/or animation for those forms). Build a variety of simple, versatile forms and engineer various ways of lifting those forms. Once grasped, this language of pop-ups encourages the invention of new combinations of forms and lifts. Take home a bound collection of working models and a better understanding of pop-up engineering.

Shawn Sheehy couples his talent in paper engineering with an interest in themes of sustainability, balance, and biological and cultural evolution to produce pop-up books that fuel thought in all ages. He has taught workshops in such diverse places as The Paper Studio in Tempe, BookWorks in Asheville, and the Center for Book Arts in New York. Along with his teaching and book arts work, Sheehy designs the poetry broadside series published by Oneiros Press. He is a co-founder of the Vespine Gallery in Chicago. Sheehy earned his MFA in Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 25, Thursday, 7:00

Cosponsored Lecture: Engineering within the Book Format

Speaker: Shawn Sheehy, Illinois

Location: D. Lamar Jensen Seminar Room (1130 HBLL), L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Level 1, Brigham Young University

Working sculpturally through the development of intricate dimensional folds, book artist Shawn Sheehy creates pop-up books that capture a viewer's attention. Sheehy's artwork examines the dynamic ecological principles that operate in wild and domesticated environments, and he finds that his pop-up designs facilitate the delivery of sophisticated or potentially distasteful messages with their attractive packaging.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: please contact the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at 801-422-3514

June 26–August 7

Exhibition: ABC: An Artists' Book Abecedarium

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

What could be more basic than the alphabet? What could be more basic than an alphabet book? Book artists contradict these assumptions, using the form and concept of the book and the alphabet to give aesthetic expression to the building blocks of the written word. From simple to exaggerated, the alphabet books in this exhibition prove that basics are as meaningful as the complex.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

JULY

July 10 & 11, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Foundational Educator's Workshop: Discover the INGS in Bookmaking

Instructor: Mary Wells, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Scor ing! Fold ing! Cutt ing! Glu ing! Sew ing! Paint ing! Creat ing! Shar ing! Journey through all these ings while learning more about the bookmak ing artform. With decorat ing paper as the starting point, beginning bookmak ing skills blossom into more complex forms. Shar ing and discuss ing ideas for classroom use conclude these two exhilarat ing days of bookmak ing.

Mary Wells is a book artist and calligrapher who demonstrates, teaches, and exhibits her letterforms and books. She is a retired teacher having taught in elementary and secondary schools. Currently, she works as an artist in residence for the Utah Arts Council and schools' PTAs. She is also a volunteer Treasure Chest Teacher for the Book Arts Program.

Workshop fees are underwritten for educators. Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

PLEASE NOTE: Educators may enroll in one Educator's Workshop per year. Space is limited.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

July 17 & 18, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Specialized Educator's Workshop: Paper Confidential

Instructor: Allison Chapman, Ohio

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Pssst! Want to know a secret? There are classified things about paper you need to know. Obtain privileged information on how to make it, decorate it, print on it, fold it, and make it into books. Materials close at hand can be exploited for your bookmaking escapades. Become well-informed on clandestine ways of inserting paper and books into all your classroom activities. This is an undercover operation—become a book arts agent who takes the message back to the educational front.

Allison Chapman is the proprietor of Igloo Press located in Columbus, Ohio. As a child, Allison served as press assistant to her grandfather in his hobby letterpress shop resulting in her life-long interest in letterpress printing and bookbinding. An internship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History solidified her love of printing history and fine craftsmanship. Throughout her eleven years at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Allison taught classes for all ages in papermaking, paper decoration, printing, and bookbinding.

Workshop fees are underwritten for educators. Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

PLEASE NOTE: Educators may enroll in one Educator's Workshop per year. Space is limited.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

AUGUST

August 14–October 9

Cosponsored Exhibition: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Reception: September 3, Thursday, 5:00–7:00

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City present 50 Books / 50 Covers, the international traveling exhibition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Since 1924, the AIGA 50/50 competition and exhibition has recognized excellence in book design and production. Considered the country's most prestigious book exhibition, it presents the best books and covers of 2007.

Please join the Book Arts Program for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers, on Thursday, September 3, from 5:00–7:00 in the Special Collections Gallery.

T he exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 26–December 9, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Letterpress

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $375; materials fee beginning: $50

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major).

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

August 27–December 10, Thursdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Bookbinding

Instructor: Chris McAfee, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Noncredit class fee: $375; materials fee beginning: $50; intermediate & advanced: $10

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major).

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

Chris McAfee received a BFA in printmaking in 1993 from Brigham Young University where he was first introduced to bookbinding. In 1995, he received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he developed an interest in book conservation. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for Brigham Young University and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

SEPTEMBER

September 3, Thursday, 5:00–7:00

Reception: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Please join the Book Arts Program for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers.

The reception is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

September 12 & 19, Consecutive Saturdays, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Something Old, Something New: Printing from Photopolymer Plates

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $150; materials fee: $25

Everyone loves the look and feel of letterpress printing, but doing everything the old way sometimes feels overwhelming. Skip the typesetting and carving and use current design software and photopolymer plates to print type, illustrations, and halftone images. Spend the first Saturday in the Marriott Library computer lab learning to create the image files required for conversion into film negatives. The following Saturday, utilize your negative in making a photopolymer plate. Explore the delightful melding of old and new technologies as you lockup your plate and print your image and text. Leave with a portfolio of imaginative work.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

OCTOBER

October 16–December 4

Exhibition: Counterform

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

This exhibit returns to continue the tradition of showcasing the outstanding work produced by Utah's bookmakers. Open to professionals, amateurs, and students, this juried exhibition highlights the witty and the preposterous, the poignant and the sublime. Many of these books are created in response to Book Arts Program workshops and classes, and all manifest the freshness inherent in courageous creativity.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

To indicate your intent to enter, please e-mail bookartsprogram@utah.edu. An entry form and further information will be sent in response. Entries are due Friday, October 2, by 4:30pm.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

October 17, Saturday, 9:00–1:00

Workshop: Modern Illumination Techniques for Medieval Success

Instructor: Louona Tanner, Utah

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Workshop fee: $40; materials fee: $25

Want to be an illuminator? Learn two basic methods of illumination: laying gold onto a modern Instocall base and a build-up technique employing acrylic modeling paste. Demonstrations cover a variety of gold leafs: patent gold, loose gold variegated, silver and others. Participants leave with three small projects utilizing these methods.

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library, the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and Youth City. She has exhibited her work at Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, the J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

October 24, Saturday

Cosponsored Event: Utah Humanities Book Festival

Location: Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Branch, 210 East 400 South

As a major cosponsor of the Utah Humanities Book Festival, the Book Arts Program works closely with the Utah Humanities Council to create engaging bookmaking experiences for festival attendees. The Book Arts Program offers demonstrations in papermaking, paper decorating, letterpress printing, and bookbinding, as well as children's bookmaking workshops throughout the day.

The Festival is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: please contact the Utah Humanities Council at 801-359-9670 or www.utahhumanities.org

NOVEMBER

November 13 & 14, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Cosponsored Workshop: Big Skills in Small Packages: Miniature Leather Bindings
Cosponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

Instructor: Gabrielle Fox, Ohio

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Leather is one of the most versatile and forgiving materials in bookbinding. Get comfortable working with skins by covering miniature books. Working in miniature allows you to expand the possibilities of your work with books while limiting the initial expenses of leather. Explanations regarding the similarities and differences between covering large and small books in leather allows the skills acquired to be applied in future projects. If you have a paring knife, spokeshave, Brockman or Scharf-fix, bring them; if not, enjoy the opportunity to try out these tools before making a purchase.

Gabrielle Fox, trained in England, is a leading expert and artisan in the binding, conservation, and restoration of fine books. Her true passion and forte is miniature books, and beyond her work in conservation and restoration, she finds her creative outlet in designing and producing unique bindings and boxes for miniature letterpress books. She travels from her studio in Ohio to teach intensive workshops, and consults and cares for both institutional and private book collections. Her work is currently exhibited nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

DECEMBER

December 11–January 22

Exhibition: The Feminine Touch: Women and the Work of the Book

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 8–6; Wednesday, 8–8; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

Throughout history, women have been involved in every aspect of bookmaking. The work of the book provided women opportunities for artistic expression, political participation, and bread-winning as illuminators, printers, bookbinders, and publishers. Women produced beautiful manuscripts for monastic scriptoria; world-changing works of literature and law; commercial bindings and handsome fine press editions. From the practicalities of folding and sewing to the innovations of presswork to the creativity of the artists' book, the feminine has touched the most important vessel of human communication.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

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Fall 2018 Semester

August 21 – December 14 

  • Monday:
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 
    1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

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