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Book Arts: Book Arts Education

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

Book Art Graduate Programs

Papermaking at Women's Studio Workshop

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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

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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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