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USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts Presents An Illustrated Lecture by Two Maine Artists

The USM Kate Cheney Chappell Center for Book Arts is hosting a lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 in the University Events Room, USM’s Glickman Family Library, Portland. Maine artists Crystal Cawley and Allison Cooke Brown will each give an illustrated lecture about their work.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture, contact Rebecca Goodale, program coordinator for Book Arts, at 228-8014 or by email at

Crystal Cawley has been making books and art related books for almost 20 years, and has exhibited throughout the United States.  In 2005, Cawley received a Pollack-Krasner Foundation grant, and in 2010, she received a Good Idea grant from the Maine Arts Commission.  Her books are featured in collections of the Boston Public Library, Bowdoin College Library, Maine Women Writers Collection, the Portland Museum of Art and the Library of Congress.

Allison Cooke Brown focuses on fiber art and artist books.  She graduated from Maine College of Art in 2001 with a bachelor’s of fine arts.  Most recently, she has been exhibited at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine, Orono and the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz.  

The Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts was established in 2008 by USM alumna Kate Cheney Chappell, co-founder of Tom’s of Maine.  The Center celebrates book arts through lectures, workshops and exhibits of artists’ books.