Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

Book Arts Exhibition

2020-2021 Event Calendar

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts

University of Southern Maine

Calendar of Events Spring 2021



 Julie B. Stackpole's _Heloise and Abelard

Virtual Exhibition:

Guild of Book Workers New England Chapter - 40th Anniversary Exhibition

January 29 – April 30, 2021

This exhibition marks the 40th Anniversary of the Guild of Book Workers' New England Chapter and captures the creative range and skills of the current membership who have been with the chapter anywhere from a single year to all forty. The work on display is a broad spectrum spanning traditional fine binding to innovative design bindings in addition to beautifully sculpted artist books and boxes. Some work has been shaped by the climate of 2020. The creative force of the members is demonstrated by their ingenuity in re-imagining book forms, decorating in new ways and using unconventional materials.

View online exhibition at https://www.negbw40thanniversary.com

Image Upper Right: Heloise and Abelard by Julie B. Stackpole



Online Lecture:

A Wider Purpose: Maker Talk with Members of the Guild of Book Workers, New England Chapter

Recorded: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 

7:00pm - 8:00pm (Eastern Standard Time); Synchronous Online



The Guild of Book Workers New England Chapter 40th Anniversary Exhibition features works by 30 artists, some of which were completed as early as 2004, and one of which remains in progress. Exhibitor and GBW Board Member Jennifer Pellecchia will give a “gallery talk”, and discuss some of the challenges and advantages of moving the exhibition online. Jennifer Pellecchia, Katrina Carye, Colin Urbina, and Stephanie Wolff, will speak about the works they submitted, and the ways that current events have shaped their creative lives.

Image Below: From Top Left, Books by Karen Hanmer, Colin Urbina, Stephanie Wolff & Katrina Carye

Books by Karen Hanmer, Colin Urbina, Stephanie Wolff & Katrina Carye



Online Workshp:

A Wardrobe of Paper Cases with Karen Hanmer

Saturday, February 27, 2021
9:30AM - 12:30PM (Eastern Standard Time); Synchronous Online

$45.00, Click Here to Register Online or call (207) 780-5900

Image Below: Wardrobe by Karen Hamner

Paper Cases by Karen Hamner



Exhibition at Portland Public Library: March 01 – 31, 2021 

Boundless Possibilities 2: USM Book Arts

Click HERE to view Virtual Exhibit through the Portland Public Library’s website.

Free and Open to the Public

Collaborative Book, Remarkable Maine Women

Image Above: KCC’83 CBA Crit group collaborative book, Remarkable Maine Women, 2020 (photo by Jay York)


Book Arts Bazaar

The annual Book Arts Bazaar is a festival with Book Artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book.
Sadly this popular event is canceled spring 2021 due to precautions for COVID-19. We'll be back next year!



Bokh Pop-up by Collette Fu

Online Lecture:

We are Tiger Dragon People: the Pop-up Books of Colette Fu

Presented by Colette Fu

Friday, April 16, 2021 

6:00pm - 7:00pm (Eastern Standard Time); Synchronous Online


Image Right: Bokh Pop-up Book, from We are Tiger Dragon People series, Colette Fu


Online Workshop: (Introduction to) Pop-up Book Structures with Colette Fu

Saturday, April 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 12-Noon (Eastern Standard Time); Synchronous Online

 $65, Click Here to Register Online or call (207) 780-5900

Kai Funa Pop-up Book

Image Above: Kai Fuan from We are Tiger Dragon People series, Colette Fu

Colette Fu received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, and soon after began devising complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up paper engineering. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and free-lanced for clients including Greenpeace, Vogue, Canon, Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton and the Delaware Disaster Research Center.  Her pop-up books are included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art and many private and rare archive collections. In 2017, Fu created the world’s largest pop-up book measuring 21x14 feet at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center where visitors were invited to enter the book. Fu's numerous awards include the 2018 Meggendorfer Prize for best paper engineered artist book, a 2008 Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, En Foco, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. Fu has attended over 20 funded artist residencies, most recently the Macdowell Colony and Yaddo. Her solo show "Wanderer/Wonderer: the Pop-ups of Colette Fu" was presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2016/17.


Spring 2021 Speed Reading:

5 minute videos on our website by each of the following artists:


Sissy BuckSissy Buck


Kate Chappell Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83


Solange KellermanSolange Kellerman, 1996 MA(Muskie) and 2016 BA (Art)


Cole Leighton

Cole Leighton ’11 and ‘20


Anna Low

Anna Low


Cynthia McGuirl

Cynthia McGuirl


Abigail ReadAbbie Read


Richard Reitz Smith

Richard Reitz Smith


Sue Rogers

Sue Rogers


Wa;ter Tisdale

Walter Tisdale


Scott VileScott Vile


Bernie VinzaniBernie Vinzani





Fall Semester 2020


Fall 2020 Speed Reading:

5 minute videos on our website by each of the following artists.

Click on the names below to view Artist Bios and navigate to their videos.

Sandra Barry

 Sandra Barry ‘15


Liz Brown

 Liz Brown ‘17


Rachel Church

 Rachel E. Church ’09 and ‘17


Bonnie Faulkner

 Bonnie Faulkner ‘91


Sarah Harvey

 Sarah S. Harvey ‘01


Arlene Morris

 Arlene Morris '87


Jill Osgood

 Jill Osgood ‘17


Emily Ross

 Emily Ross ‘16


Angel simoneau

 Angel Simoneau ‘17



Previous Online Workshops

Fall 2020


Beth Shehan Coruscation

September 16, Wednesday Evening 6-8 pm

Monotypes and Accordions with Beth Sheehan


Image Right: Coruscation by Beth Sheehan



September 26, Saturday Morning 10-12am

Write Now with Stuart Kestenbaum


Image Left: Stuart Kestenbaum



Artist Book by Rachel Church 

October 10, 17, 24 Three Day Workshop –Saturday Mornings 9:30-11:30

Print, Fold, Cut! with Rachel Church


Image Right: Workshop Student Artist Book by Emma Betterley-Dow






Pope-Cheney Art Studio Wishcamper Center

 2020/2021 Virtual Book Arts Exhibition Schedule

Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts

Pope-Cheney Art Studio Exhibitions


September-November 2020

Work from Students enrolled in TIME AND SPACE TO CREATE, at Home Residency, ART 399/ 499 / 599,  July 19 - 26,  with Instructors Rebecca Goodale & Lin Lisberger



Text from “Ode to Bookscrap” by Mark Ford

Bookscrap is bold news! Bookscrap is great news! It’s never old news, never fake news. 

Bookscrap is found, unbound and the other way around. It’s figure and ground, 

consonant and vowel sound.

Bookscrap is hardcore and hard to ignore. 

It’s what’s in store, 

pas encore et comme toujours;

It’s postwar from the dollar store,

Voldemort and Dumbledore.

Bookscrap is brawn. Bookscrap is brains. It’s proper work and what remains. 

Detail, Ode to Bookscrap

Image Above: Detail from “Ode to Bookscrap” by Mark Ford


December 2020-February 2021

Art 241 The Visual Book: Student Exhibition

Click Here to View the Visual Book Student Exhibition

 Women of the World

Image Above: Women of the World by Samantha Chute, created in ART 241 Fall 2020


March-May 2021

KCC’83 CBA Crit Group

Boundless Possibilities 2: USM Book Arts

Click Here to see the KCC'83 CBA Crit Group Exhibition

Virtual Exhibition at the Portland Public Library


Click Here to see more images from Remarkable Maine Women,

a collaborative Artists' Book by the KCC’83 CBA Crit group


Remarkable Maine Woemn 

Image Above: KCC’83 CBA Crit group collaborative book, Remarkable Maine Women, 2019



June-August 2021

Angel Simoneau '17

Angel Simoneay Books 

Image Above: Artist Book and Drawings by Angel Simoneau


(Pope-Cheney Art Studio Exhibitions are Usually Located on the 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.)


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




find us on facebook @KCCBookArts


Richard Ovenden, Rebecca Goodal, Kate Cheney Chappel

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


My gratitude for all of your support over these first 11 years fills me up like a spring tide. Thank you to the advisory board members who were always ready to offer hard work and good ideas-they made my job easier. To everyone who came to lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and the Bazaar- you inspired me to create worthwhile and exciting events with you in mind.

Although I am retiring from the helm of the Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts I will continue to teach so you will be able to find me in the classroom. I will be looking forward to seeing you and your artist’s books again and again at galleries and museums or online.

With all best wishes,