Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Book Arts Exhibition

2018-2019 Event Calendar

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts 10th Anniversary All Year Long

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Exhibition: October 5- November 29, 2018

The KCC’83 CBA Collection of Artist’s Books

6th floor, Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public

Samli & Cheese Book & Seeking Harmony Book
Left: Salami and Cheese Sandwich, Lin Lisberger
Right: Seeking Harmony, Collaborative book created by the KCC'83 Center for Book Arts Critique Group


Lecture: Friday, October 12, 4:00 PM

Building A Sustainable Visual Art Practice presented by Andrea Dezsö,

University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Image Below: Tunnel Books by Andrea Dezsö

Andrea Dezso Tunnel Book

Workshop: Saturday, October 13th 10:00 - 4:00 PM

Tunnel Books with Andrea Dezsö

$125, register on line at usm.maine.edu/bookarts or call (207) 780-5900

424 Luther Bonney Hall


Lecture: Thursday, October 25, 7:00 PM

Book Art from the Inside Out: Thinking about concept

Kathleen Walkup, Lovelace Family Endowed Chair in Book Art at Mills College

University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Image Below: Ireland in Colour - 4 Images

Kathleen Walkup 4 views of Ireland

Kathleen Walkup Bio:  Kathleen Walkup holds the inaugural Lovelace Family Chair in Book Art at Mills College, where she directs the Book Art Program and teaches typography and letterpress printing, artists’ bookmaking and a graduate seminar on the material book. Additional teaching includes California Rare Book School and several academic institutions in the US and Europe. Her research interests focus on the history of women in printing and conceptual practice in artists’ books. In 2017 she gave the joint Lieberman/Mitchell Lecture at University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. Essays include Books in New Language and LA Bound: Artists’ Books at Otis College of Art & Design. In 2020 she will curate an exhibition of women and artists’ books at San Francisco Center for the Book. She is a co-founder of College Book Art Association and is currently a trustee and Chair of the Publications Committee at the Book Club of California. In the summer she writes a seasonal blog, New Irish Journal.

Photo of Kathleen Walkup

Kathleen Walkup - Photo by Lisa Baskin


Workshop: Saturday, November 10, 1:00 - 3:45 PM

Storytelling with the Accordion Book with Angel Simoneau

The Pope Book Arts Prize for High School Students (12 students selected by regional high schools for merit in the arts)

Luther Bonney 424

Angel Simoneau's Book

Image Above: Book by Angel Simoneau '18


Exhibition: January 28-April 30, 2019

Contemporary Illuminated Manuscripts: the work of Nancy Ruth Leavitt

UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library

Garden in the Mind, Nancy Ruth Leavitt

Image Above: Garden in the Mind, Nancy Ruth Leavitt


Lecture: Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 PM

Two Maine Artists: Colleen Kinsella and Carrie Scanga

Each of these artists will give a presentation about their work

University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library

Colleen Kinsella is an intersectional futurist printmaker and performing artist.
Using printmaking as a vehicle for communicating, repetition and democratic distribution, Kinsella merges drawing, photography, and text to make one of a kind prints, editions, books and installations. She works within a chaos of intuitive ideas & motifs inspired and troubled by the world, exploring themes of science fiction, futurism, beauty, justice and nature.
Founding member of the print collective Ant Girls with Rebecca Goodale, Dorothy Schwartz & Vivien Russe. They explored the nexus of art and science through paper sculpture, print collage and book forms culminating in multiple exhibitions. Kinsella is an ongoing collaborator with feminist printmaker Elizabeth Jabar as Future Mothers/Future Bridges , a socially engaged art project including a mobile tent & portable art studio which pops up at community events and actions within the city of Portland. The projects aims to increase equity and inclusion, generate dialog and engage communities in collaborative art making as a tool for social change.

Kinsella prints, books and photographs have been exhibited throughout the world in solo and group exhibitions. Most notable solo exhibits include Athens, Greece, Louisville, KY, AIR Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA), University of Krakow(Poland) and L’usine,Geneva(Switzerland). Selected group exhibitions include: International Print Center of New York(IPCNY), USM Atrium Gallery(Lewiston-Auburn), Portland Museum of Art Biennials, Maine/Aomori Print Project(USA/Japan), ICA @ MECA and Dirt Palace at the Wedding Cake House (Providence, RI). Her artwork has been published internationally on over 40 Album covers.
She holds a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from Syracuse University.
Kinsella has taught Printmaking courses at Maine College of Art, USM Stone House Books Arts Program, Side x Side, Waterfall Arts, Mayo Street Arts, VSA(Saco) and the Portland Museum of Art.
She maintains her printmaking studio in South Portland, plays music with her family band Big Blood and works at Maine College of Art.

Image Below: Operate Spaceship Earth, Colleen Kinsella

Kinsella Operate Space ship

Carrie Scanga’s printmaking-based practice includes installation, book arts, and works on paper. She first experimented with the material of tracing paper while a graduate student in printmaking at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2000, delighted by its potential to express a sense of time and embodiment. Since then, her projects have explored these themes and materials and have been exhibited throughout the world in solo and group exhibitions and received critical recognition in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Printeresting blog, and New American Paintings. Some recent exhibition sites include the Portland Museum of Art, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, PLUG Projects in Kansas City, the Islip Art Museum in New York, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, Paper Gallery Shanghai in Guangzhou, China, and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Carrie’s studio practice has been shaped by travel. Her professional life as an artist had a peripatetic start, including a few years at Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, several years moving between residencies and fellowships in the US and Europe, and finally a move to Maine in 2009 to teach at Bowdoin College.

Image Below: Breathe 3, Carrie Scanga

Carrie Scanga Breathe 3


Workshop: Saturday, March 30,  1:00 - 3:45 PM

Fun and Funky Book Forms! with Jill Osgood

The Pope Book Arts Prize for High School Students (12 students selected by regional high schools for merit in the arts)

Luther Bonney Hall 424

Arctic Dreams

Image Above: Arctic Dreams, Jill Osgood '17


Lecture and Exhibition Reception: Wednesday, April 3, 4:00 PM

An Interview with the Artist: Nancy Ruth Leavitt

Speaks with Priscilla Juvelis (bookseller, fan, and friend)

University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public

Images Below: Outside the Realm of Time (Left) and Hope (Right), Nancy Ruth Leavitt

2 books by Nancy ruth Leavitt

Nancy Ruth Leavitt’s involvement with the hand-lettered book began with an early love of reading.  She received degrees in both biology and art and studied lettering and bookbinding in the United States and Great Britain. Since 1985 She has created over 100 unique, contemporary illuminated manuscript books and over 25 edition and collaborative books filled with lettering, poetry, and colorful painting.  Her work may be found in public collections around the world including: Boston Athenaeum; Nancy Bloch Collection at Smith College; Bainbridge Island Museum of Art; Jack Ginsberg Collection of Artist’s Books, South Africa; Houghton Library at Harvard; National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington; Special Collections Library at the University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo; Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and in numerous private collections.

She has received several Good Idea Grants from the Maine Arts Commission for research into her craft including the production of writing quills in a project entitled Cutting a Thousand Quills and A Legacy of Lettering, a calligraphic history of the Guild of Book Workers, presented in New York City at the 100th anniversary of the Guild of Book Workers in 2006. In 2002 she received the Stephen Harvard Award for book design from the Baxter Society. She was a 2016 recipient of the Maryann Hartman Award, given annually to Maine Women for their “work achievement, spirit, and zest for life”.

Priscilla Juvelis is the sole proprietor of Priscilla Juvelis, Inc., a private company established in 1980, that sells rare books and autographs to institutions and private collectors.  Particular specialties are twentieth century book arts, as well as American women writers and reformers. Formerly associated with the late John F. Fleming of New York, Priscilla Juvelis is an active member of the international rare book community.  With John F. Fleming, she published THE BOOK BEAUTIFUL AND THE BINDING AS ART, VOLUMES I and II, and with Alistair Duncan and George de Bartha, FRENCH ART NOUVEAU AND ART DECO BOOKBINDING.  A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers since 1983, she served the ABAA as President (1998-00), after serving as Vice President and Secretary and as a member of the Board of Governors (1989-2002).  She is a lifetime member of the Manuscript Society and served as a Trustee of that organization for three years. She is a member of the Grolier Club, the International Association of Bibliophiles, the Cosmopolitan Club of New York, the American Antiquarian Society, The Baxter Society and a founding member of The Ticknor Society.

Priscilla Juvelis curated the opening exhibition at the Miami Dade Library & Cultural Center, as well as two exhibitions at the Boston Athenaeum, and juried a Grolier Club exhibition and lectured at all three locations.  In 1993, she delivered the Elliott Lecture at Toronto's prestigious International Festival of Authors and has been invited to speak at the Grolier, Rowfant and Caxton Clubs, the Lilly Library, Wells Book Arts Conference, University of South Carolina Book Arts Conference, among other places. Her biography is carried in WHO'S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN and WHO'S WHO IN THE WORLD. 


Book Arts Bazaar: Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 10 AM-3 PM

Book Arts Bazaar

A festival with BookArtists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book.  Free and Open to the Public

For an Application for a Table Click Here.

Wishcamper Center

Art Dept. at Book Arts Bazaar


Workshop: Saturday, April 27, from 9 AM-4 PM, 424 Luther Bonney Hall

Paper Marbling with Dan and Regina St. John, Chena River Marblers

$125, register on line at usm.maine.edu/bookarts or call (207) 780-5900

Paper Marbeling by Chena River

 Image Above: Paper Marbleing by Chena River Mabelers




Pope-Cheney Art Studio Wishcamper Center

Book Arts Exhibition Schedule


September – November 2018

Paper Birthday Party Hats by Book Artists

USM Book Arts Students Celebrate with Party Hats


December 2018- February 2019

USM students and alums- Pop-Up Birthday Cards and Books created by USM alumnae/alumni


March-May 2019

KCC’83 Critique Group 


June-August 2019

Birthday Cards from Friends from of KCC’83 CBA



For more information please contact Rebecca Goodale, Program Coordinator

at (207) 228-8014 or goodale@maine.edu


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Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts

Richard Ovenden, Rebecca Goodal, Kate Cheney Chappel

Above: Bodley's Librarian at Oxford University, Richard Ovenden with Reecca Goodale & Kate Cheney Chappell, April 5th, 2016 KCC'83 Lecture