Artist's Book, "The Fortune Catcher", by Cynthia Ahlstrin
Artist’s Book, “The Fortune Catcher”, by Cynthia Ahlstrin


Artist Lecture presented by Cynthia Ahlstrin, one of the Summer Book Arts Workshop Instructors.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 5:00 PM

University Event Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public

Image Left: The Fortune Catcher by Cynthia Ahlstrin


Summer Book Arts Student Exhibition 

September 5 – September 30, 2023

Special Collections, 6th floor, at Glickman Family Library 

Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 5:00-7:00 PM, 7th floor, Glickman Library 

Summer Book Arts Workshop begins with a series of workshops during a seven-day session. Students study skills and techniques that give them insights into design, history and aesthetics specific to Book Arts. Each student completes one final book art project to be exhibited on the 6th floor of Glickman Library during the months of September and October.

Free and Open to the Public

Spread from Artist's Book, Work Day, by Lauren Sahl, Final Project for Summer Book Arts Workshop, Summer 2022
Spread from Artist’s Book, Work Day, by Lauren Sahl, Final Project for Summer Book Arts Workshop, Summer 2022
Fresco, "Reader's Wingback", by Barbara Sullivan
Fresco, “Reader’s Wingback”, by Barbara Sullivan


Artist Lecture presented by Barbara Sullivan.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Robie-Andrews Burnham Lounge, Gorham Campus

Free and Open to the Public


Fresco Workshop with Barbara Sullivan

Saturday, October 21 & Sunday October 22, 2023.

9:00AM – 4:00PM with a lunch break 12:30PM – 1:30PM (Please bring your own lunch)

Luther Bonney, Room 424, Portland Campus

10 students max

Workshop fee: $260 (Cost for the two-day workshop includes materials and hand tools)

Click Here to see Workshop Details.

Image Left: Reader’s Wingback by Barbara Sullivan



Detail of Artist Book, "Mycorrhizal", by Sandy Weisman
Detail of Artist Book, “Mycorrhizal”, by Sandy Weisman

Transformation: Inspiration into Object

Members of Mid-coast Maine Book Arts

January 20 – April 27, 2024, Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, Portland

Artist Reception:

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 5:00 PM -7:00 PM 

Reading Room, 7th floor

Glickman Family Library, Portland

Artist LECTURE: 

Presented by Jan Owen and Sandy Weisman, members of Mid-coast Maine Book Arts

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 5:00 PM

University Event Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public


Making Books Together: Rebecca Goodale and Carrie Scanga 

Presented by Rebecca Goodale and Carrie Scanga

(co-sponsored by the Baxter Society)

Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 7:00 – 8:00 PM on Zoom. 

Online registration is required

Click Here to receive the Zoom link

Free and Open to the Public

"Back Then & Now", collaboration by Rebecca Goodale and Carrie Scanga
“Back Then & Now”, collaboration by Rebecca Goodale and Carrie Scanga


Hardcover Journals by Cynthia McGuirl
Hardcover Journals Made by Cynthia McGuirl

Hardcover Journal Workshop with Cynthia McGuirl

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM with a 1-hour lunch break (light refreshments will be available in the morning, but please bring your own lunch)

Location: Luther Bonney, Room 424, Portland Campus

Workshop fee: $50 (most materials will be provided)

Enrollment: 12 students max

Click Here to see Workshop Details.


Sunday, April 7, 2023, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Wishcamper Center on the Portland Campus

A festival with Book Artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book. 

Image of Seller's Table at the Book Arts Bazaar
There is Always Lots of Exciting Merchandise for Book Artists and Book Enthusiasts at the Annual Book Arts Bazaar.

Complete the Form Below to Receive a Table Application. Please put “Request for Book Arts Bazaar Table Application” in the message box. Table Applications must be returned to Annie Lee-Zimerle by March 15th.

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CLICK HERE for ZOOM Recording of Online Lecture, Building Books

Presenting artists: Cristina Hajosy, Alice Stanne, Chris Perry, and Gail Smuda

From Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Building Books presented by members of New England Book Artists and cosponsored by the Baxter Society.

New England Book Artists, NEBA is a professional organization of book artists and bibliophiles. It celebrates, promotes, and supports the book arts and its makers, fosters public education, and nurtures an understanding and enjoyment of the discipline through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and related activities.

Artist Book, Love Thy Neighbor, Open, by Alice Stanne
Artist’s Book, Open, “Love thy Neighbor” by Alice Stanne


CLICK HERE for the Video Recording of the Panel Discussion What is Book Arts

From Thursday, September 29, 2022, 5:00 – 6:00PM

Co-sponsored by USM’s Special Collections and Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts

Panelists: Liz BrownRachel ChurchAnna Low, and Angel Simoneau

The panel discussion will be moderated by Susie R. Bock, Coordinator of Special Collections and Director of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.

Headshots L-R: Liz Brown, Rachel Church, Anna Low, & Angel Simoneau

Liz Brown is a book artist, printmaker, quiltmaker and florist who is obsessed with color. She graduated from USM in 2017 with a degree in Art & Entrepreneurship with a concentration in Printmaking and minors in Book Arts and Accounting. She has participated in trips to France, Italy, and Monson, ME, to study book arts with Rebecca Goodale and Lin Lisberger. She is an active member of the KCCCBA Critique Group and works at her studio at Running with Scissor in Portland.

Rachel Church is an intermedial artist, book artist, and printmaker. She is a USM alumna, earning a BA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking and Entrepreneurial Studies in 2009 and a BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Book Arts in 2017, has participated in many USM book arts focused travel courses, and both taken and taught for the Summer Book Arts Workshop. She is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Maine, as well as teaching at USM and the University of Maine at Machias.

Anna Low runs Purplebean Bindery, a business focused on creating unique, durable and inspiring blank journals. She has taught workshops at the USM Summer Book Arts program and have been a member of the KCCCBA Critique Group for over 10 years. She currently serves as co-leader of the Critique Group with Angel Simoneau.

Angel Simoneau is an art educator and illustrator, heavily inspired by manga (Japanese comics). She is the current co-leader of the KCCCBA Critique Group. She graduated from University of Southern Maine in 2017 with a major in Art Education and a minor in Book Arts and has been making books ever since. 

Pope-Cheney Art Studio Wishcamper Center

2023/2024 Book Arts Exhibition Schedule

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts

Pope-Cheney Art Studio Exhibitions

1st Floor of the Wishcamper Center
34 Bedford St., USM Portland Campus
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday.)

May – August 2023

Art 341/441 The Visual Book 2, Historical Perspectives: Student Exhibition

Image Left:

Tunnel Book, In the Garden

by student & Book Arts Minor Katharine Rozanski

Artist's Book, "Orek Orak", by Cynthia Motian McGuirl
Artist’s Book, “Orek Orak”, by Cynthia Motian McGuirl

September – December 2023


Artists Books by Cynthia Motian McGuirl, Jan Owen, Richard Reitz Smith, and Sandy Weisman

Image Left: 

Artist’s Book, Orek, Orak

by Cynthia Motian McGuirl

Artist's Book, "Ice Fishing First", by Olivia Dyer

January – April 2024

Art 241 The Visual Book: Student Exhibition

Image Left:

Artist’s Book, Ice Fishin’ First,

by student & Book Arts Minor Olivia Dyer

For more information about KCC ’83 Center for Book Arts, please contact:

Annie Lee-Zimerle, Program Coordinator

(207) 228-8014 or aemin.leezimerle@maine.edu


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