Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts
University of Southern Maine
Calendar of Events Spring 2021
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
A Wider Purpose: Maker Talk with Members of the Guild of Book Workers, New England Chapter
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm (Eastern Standard Time); Synchronous Online
Register to Receive your Zoom Link Today at https://bit.ly/2Vpkcys
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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
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
Exhibition at Portland Public Library: March 01 – 31, 2021
Boundless Possibilities 2: USM Book Arts
Virtual Exhibit available on Portland Public Library’s website
Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland
Free and Open to the Public
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!
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
Register to Receive your Zoom Link today at https://bit.ly/3g1ZApx
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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
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:
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.
Previous Online Workshops
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
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
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.
Image Above: Detail from “Ode to Bookscrap” by Mark Ford
December 2020-February 2021
Art 241 The Visual Book: Student Exhibition
Image Above: Women of the World by Samantha Chute, created in ART 241 Fall 2020
KCC’83 CBA Crit Group
Image Above: KCC’83 CBA Crit group collaborative book, Fanfare, 2019
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 email@example.com
find us on facebook @KCCBookArts
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,