Welcome to the Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts.

In an age where most people buy mass-produced books at chain stores and an increasing number of people shop for their books online to read on Amazon’s Kindle electronic reading device, one would think the days of holding and opening a hand-bound book are over. Except, of course, for a growing contingent of book artists who create works of art as limited edition, hand-printed books or unique handmade volumes. An art form that reaches back to medieval bookbinding and letterpress tradition and forward to installation art and novel constructions, book arts cover a wide spectrum.

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Rebecca Goodale
Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.
Richard Lee: Paper Trails
Richard Lee favored paper for its organic and intuitive properties; he would bring boxes of long dried Japanese kozo fiber to his Richmond, Maine studio, where we would boil the fibers until soft, grind the matter in blenders, and immerse it in water. He used a mold and deckle to form each sheet, and then Lee would lay the wet pulp formations on wooden boards to dry and form into paper.
Purgatory Pie Press
Faust and Smith have exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harvard, Smith College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, Md., and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
April 3, 2015 to April 30, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland
April 11, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room, USM Portland campus, 34 Bedford St., Portland
April 12, 2015
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus, 34 Bedford St.
April 22, 2015
4:00 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland campus

Book Arts Bazaar

Book Arts Bazaar

Sunday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus

Free and open to the public

Vendors accept cash or checks 

Richard Lee: Paper Trails

Richard Lee: Paper Trails

The travel journals, artist's books, rock collages, and installations of Richard Lee (1933-2008)

January 26-April 30, 2015

UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland campus

Exhibition reception and lecture: Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm

Workshop Spirit Papers: Mapping Place

Sprit Papers: Mapping Place

With Velma Bolyard, papermaker and fiber artist

Saturday, April 11
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room
USM Portland campus

Registration required. Fee: $125. 

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