Kate Cheney Chappell 83 Center for Book Arts

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Pope-Cheney Art Studio

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.

Exhibition Schedule


Exhibition: Sarah S. Harvey '01

June, July, August 2018

In 1996, after working in the medical field for over 20 years, Sarah went back to school at the University of Southern Maine and graduated in 2001 with a BFA in Painting. Since then she has been pursuing art as a second career on an every day basis. Sarah makes Artist Books, having been inspired by several classes with Rebecca Goodale at USM, and paints in oil, watercolor and most recently casein tempera. She shows her work at the Centre Street Arts Gallery in Bath, Maine. Book making, using images and text, gives her an opportunity to create an autobiographical account of her observations and experiences. She considers her work of books and paintings as personal statements about the beauty and uniqueness of Maine’s lands, state forests, wilderness areas, and shorelines. She lives in Woolwich, Maine.

Sarah Harvey's Book Undesturbed Silence

Image Above: Sarah s. Harvey, Undesturbed Silence

Image Below: Sarah s. Harvey, 90 Days of Summer

Sarah Harvey's book 90 Days of Summer


Starting in September the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts will Celebrate its  10th Anniversary All Year Long

Book Arts Studnets Celebrate with Party Hats

September – November 2018

Paper Birthday Party Hats by Book Artists


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 

The Critique Group at the USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts consists of artists who are bound together by their passion for making artists’ books. All members have taken classes in the Book Arts program at USM or attended workshops at the USM KCC’83CBA. Working in a variety of media, book structures, and a broad range of subject matter, we meet once a month in the Pope-Cheney Art Studio at USM’s Wishcamper Center for constructive feedback, insightful questions, and informative discussions about our books – both completed books and those in progress. Our work is on display at the Pope/Cheney studio in the Wishcamper Center during March, April and May.

In addition, we support, promote, and raise awareness for the KCC’83CBA  in the Portland community and beyond by attending lectures, workshops, and exhibitions. For the past four years we have created an annual collaborative artists’ book that is raffled at the Book Arts Bazaar to raise funds for educational programming. We have also donated two of these books to the Special Collections at Glickman Library.


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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Happy Birthday Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts!

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