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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News & Events

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.
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.
January 26, 2015 to April 30, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland campus
February 3, 2015
7:00 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland campus
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.

Pope-Cheney Art Studio Exhibition: Sue West

Sue West

September-November, 2014

Artist's books by Sue West