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.

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

Bound Together II: USM Book Arts

Piping Plovers, Sarah S. Harvey

April 3-30, 2015

Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

Free and open to the public

Exhibition reception: Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m.
During First Friday Art Walk

Above image: Piping Plovers, Sarah S. Harvey