Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

2017-2018 Event Calendar

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Image Below: Frank Turek ‘90

Image of Frank turek's Book

Lectures: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Maine Artists: Jill Osgood’17 and Frank Turek ‘90

These two artists will each give a presentation about their work.

Free and Open to the Public

University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Jill Osgood:

Jill Osgood was born in a small New Hampshire town in 1960. Growing up in the woods of New England, her parents instilled within her a sense of wonderment and respect for the natural world that has guided her perspective as a human being and defined her work as an artist.

In 1980 she moved to Portland, Maine to attend art school. She has lived and worked in Portland ever since, continuing to make art and growing deeper roots in Maine.  After 39 years, this past spring she received her BFA with honors from the University of Southern Maine with a concentration in painting and a minor in book arts.

Frank Turek: Boxed assemblage artist Frank Turek creates artwork that you have to sit with and think about. Using an an assortment of Americana print material (magazine and book illustrations, and text) and selectively chosen objects, Turek creates small interior spaces communicating a visual philosophy. Images are set up in a dialogue revealing multi-layer narratives, and stories and thoughts on being human.

In recent years Turek's focus has been to place these environments within the covers of found books. Fitting peripherally in the category of altered book art, these pieces are designed to bring the viewer close to the art with enticements such as hidden compartments, sliding drawers, and sets of cards.

You may view images of these book assemblages at alteredbookart.com, and an archive of Turek's boxed assemblage and collage work resides at boxedassemblage.com.

A Land Grim & Wild by Jill Osgood

 Image Above: A Land Grim and Wild, Jill Osgood '17


Exhibition: TWENTY-SIX plus FIVE, Artist's Books by Elizabeth Berkana '86

6th Floor, Glickman Family Library, Portland Campus, October 1 - December 8

Book "Self" by Elizabeth Berkana

Image Above: Self by Elizabeth Berkana (Photo by Evan Barthelman)


Elizabeth Berkana holds a BA in Art from the University of Southern Maine and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School.  At USM she concentrated on printmaking, design and art history. Further studies included photography, metalsmithing, jewelry design and book arts at USM, Maine College of Art, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  She will soon add a Book Arts Minor to her original degree. 

Books "Rightside Out-Inside Out" & "Recylcled Bicycle" by Elizabeth Berkana Image Left: Right Side Out - Inside Out by Elizabeth Berkana

Image Right: Recycled Bicycle by Elizabeth Berkana (Photos by Evan Barthelman)


Photography, printmaking, sewing, and mixed media are my tools. Pattern, texture, layers, distortion, and reflection are my vocabulary. Exterior as well as interior configurations inform the content.  My many travel experiences have profoundly affected my view of the individual and the world around us.  Discovering book arts has allowed me to think, feel, play and investigate who I am, where I have been, and what I want to say. 

“A painting is not a picture of an experience,” Mark Rothko once remarked; “it is an experience.” - MFA, Boston

Book "Glass & Ice" by Elizabeth Berkana

Image Above: Glass & Ice by Elizabeth Berkana (Photo by Evan Barthelman)


Lecture: Friday, October 20, 2017, at 4:00 PM

Fresh Cuttings presented by Béatrice Coron

Free and Open to the Public

University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Beatric Coron Art

Image Above: Beatrice Coron, Art 

Workshop: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9 AM – 3 PM

Cutting Edges with Béatrice Coron

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

Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center


Icelandic book by Aslaug_Jonsdottir_Hither

Book Above: by Aslaug Jonsdottir Hither

Book Below: Glacier by Kristin Thora Gudbjartsdottir

Image of Icelandic Artist's book titled Glacier

Exhibition: January 30– April 30, 2018

Borderland: Contemporary Icelandic Book Artists and Bookbinders

Free and Open to the Public

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

Flyer for Borderland

Book below: Cities by Sigurborg Stefansdottir

 Icelandic book by Sigurborg_Stefansdottir named Cities

Lecture and Exhibition Reception: February 5, 2018, at 4:00 PM

New Sagas in Icelandic Book Arts presented by Rebecca Goodale

Free and Open to the Public

University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Icelandic Book by Bryndis_Bragadottir called Island borders

 Image Above: Island Borders by Bryndis Bragadottir

Image Below: Snowflake by Kristin Thora Gudbjartsdottir

Icelandic book by Kristin_Thora_Gudbjartsdottir called Snowflake


Exhibition: March 2-24, 2018

Boundless Possibilities: USM Book Arts

Reception: Friday, March 2, 5-7 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square


Les Franges by John wilson

 Image Above: Les Franges, John S. Wilson '17


Book Arts Bazaar: Sunday April 8, 2018, from 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Book Arts Bazaar

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

Free and Open to the Public

Wishcamper Center

Vendor Table Application


Lecture: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM

W.A. Dwiggins and the Serious Business of Fun presented by Bruce Kennett

University Events Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Family Library

Free and Open to the Public

Bruce Kennett Bio:

Graphic designer, photographer, and teacher Bruce Kennett studied calligraphy and book design in Austria with Friedrich Neugebauer and subsequently made the English translation of Neugebauer’s The Mystic Art of Written Forms. During the 1980s, he worked at Maine’s renowned Anthoensen Press, and since then has maintained his own studio with clients that have ranged from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Grolier Club to L.L. Bean and the Mount Washington Observatory; he designs illustrated books and exhibition graphics and makes large photomurals. He has lectured and written about W. A. Dwiggins since 1980. Kennett is a member of Maine’s Baxter Society, Boston’s Society of Printers, the Typophiles, the American Printing History Association, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Although he has coedited several books, W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design is Kennett’s first major work as author. His studio is located in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Portait Bruce Kennett

 Image Above:  Bruce Kennett, Photo by Sylvia Davatz


Workshop: Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Secret Belgian Binding – Two Ways with Erin Fletcher, Herringbone Bindery

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

Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center

Image Below: Secret Belgian Bound Books by Erin Fletcher

Secret Belgian Bound Books by Erin Fletcher




Pope-Cheney Art Studio Wishcamper Center

Book Arts Exhibition Schedule


Emily Ross ‘16

September, October, November 2017


Brenda J. McGovern

December 2017, January, February 2018


KCC’83 CBA Critique Group

March, April, May 2018


Sarah S. Harvey ‘01

June, July, August 2018



For more information please contact Rebecca Goodale, Program Coordinator

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


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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