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Boatwright Memorial Library

Book Arts: Book Arts Education

Book Art Centers & Community Education (Mid-Atlantic Region)

Book Art Graduate Programs

Papermaking at Women's Studio Workshop


Artist Bhavna Mehta making paper at Women's Studio Workshop
Photo courtesy of Women's Studio Workshop

Letterpress printing at Virginia Center for the Book


Artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. letterpress printing at the Virginia Center for the Book
Photo courtesy of Virginia Humanities

Artists' Books at Penland School of Craft

Artist's books from a workshop with Julie Chen at Penland School of Craft

Book Art Centers & Community Education (Nationwide)

Shuttered, but historically important, centers for book arts education:

  • The Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts (CBPA) was one of the largest and most comprehensive book art facilities in the world. The CBPA had a large gallery that exhibited student and faculty work, sponsored a national juried biennial of book and paper art, and inaugurated and hosted national traveling shows and exhibits. It was also the home of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts program at Columbia College Chicago, and a center of community-based book arts education encompassing bookbinding, letterpress, printmaking, and papermaking.

LET'S DO IT! THE CENTER FOR BOOK AND PAPER ARTS: A HISTORY is an essay by Jessica Cochran published in the Journal of Artists' Books JAB46 that recounts the history of the CBPA gathered from conducted interviews.

  • Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) earned a reputation as a leading college of art and craft in the United States.  Known for its exceptional faculty of artists, writers and makers, OCAC was a uniquely small, mentor-based college where students were individually guided to become successful artists and professionals in the fields of creative practice, business, and industry. OCAC offered both BFA and MFA degree programs.

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