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.

View the 2014-2015 Calendar of Events (PDF)

News & Events

Scott McCarney
Scott McCarney, renowned New York-based artist and educator, will present a lecture, “The Death of the Book has been Somewhat Exaggerated,” along with a book arts workshop, "Round Robin Books: An Edition in Two Acts."
USM Book Arts Bazaar
The bazaar, slated for next month on the USM Portland campus, includes more than 40 artisan vendors -- book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators and writers -- who will sell handmade goods such as fine press books, artists’ books, broadsides, fine bindings, decorated papers and journals.
A Meditation on Mending
The exhibition aims to bear witness to the events on Al-Mutanabbi Street and to collectively affirm that the right to a free exchange of ideas and culture in public space is never to be taken for granted.
September 8, 2014 to October 19, 2014
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Glickman Family Library, 6th floor
September 8, 2014
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Glickman Family Library, 7th floor
October 17, 2014
4:00 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland campus
October 18, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room, USM Portland campus, 34 Bedford St., Portland
November 12, 2014
7:30 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, 7th Floor, USM Portland campus

Summer Book Arts at Stone House

USM Book Arts at Stone House

Summer Book Arts at Stone House is July 28-August 3.

The Summer Book Arts Exhibition is September 8-October 19 on the 6th floor of the Glickman Family Library, Portland Campus.

There will be a Lecture and Reception on Monday, September 8 at 4:00pm in the University Events Room of the Glickman Family Library, 7th floor.