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Book Arts Education
- Alcuin Society: Promoting
a wider appreciation of books and reading and supporting excellence
in book design and production. In support of these goals, it sponsors
educational programmes, publishes a journal, and offers a prestigious
award for excellence in Canadian book design.
- American Academy of Bookbinding:
A program that gives professional binders an opportunity to receive
top level instruction without having to study abroad. Primarily based
in Telluride, CO.
- American Amateur
- American Printing History
- Anderson Ranch: A former
sheep ranch located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, offers several
first-class bookmaking workshops each summer.
- ArtSchools.com: Search and Compare art schools,
colleges, departments, and workshops.
- Art, Books, and Creativity:
A yearlong arts curriculum developed by the National Museum of Women
in the Arts. ABC provides meaningful arts learning experiences while
highlighting the natural connections between visual arts and language
arts. ABC is a model for integrating the visual arts into the core curriculum
while maintaining a specific focus on the contributions of women artists
to our shared cultural history.
- Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Also
offers classes in the book arts. In Gatlinburg, TN.
- Art Institute
of Boston at Lesley University: Non-credit visual arts workshops
in a variety of disciplines including letterpress, printmaking, and
- Asheville BookWorks:
Hands-on workshops including, but not limited to, bookbinding, printmaking
and decorative paper. Instructors are mostly drawn from the immensely
talented and growing book arts community in western North Carolina,
many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized.
- Banff Centre: The Banff Centre
is an incubator of creativity that inspires and empowers artists, the
mountain community, and business and community leaders from Alberta,
Canada, and around the world. Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains,
the Centre provides a unique learning environment where individuals
and groups pursue personal and professional development, create new
work, engage in applied research, share ideas and experiences, and celebrate
accomplishments through performances, exhibitions, and special events.
Visual arts workshops
- Bay Area Book Artists: San Francisco
group of book artists who expand horizons in the book arts by making
books, organizing exhibitions and maintaining and furthering an awareness
of the greater community of book artists and book arts.
- Black Rock Press at the University
of Nevada, Reno: Dedicated to the practice and teaching of the arts
and crafts associated with the creation of finely printed books.
- Book Arts Museum: A publisher of rare and artistic
books. It has a collection of old printing machines and equipment, matrices.
There is a working paper mill and typefoundery. It organizes exhibitions
and educational courses. In Lodz, Poland
- The Book Arts Press at
the University of Virgina
- The Book
Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library: At the University
if Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
- Book Arts Guild of
Vermont: Organized in January 2005, we seek to encourage and educate
our members and the public through workshops, exhibits, fieldtrips and
- Booklyn: Founded in 1999, Booklyn
is an artist-run, nonprofit organization headquartered in Brooklyn,
New York. Our mission is to promote artist books as an art form and
educational resource; to provide educational institutions and the public
with programming involving contemporary artist books; and to assist
artists in exhibiting, distributing, and publishing innovative bookwork.
- BookWorks: BookWorks
is a book arts education center that offers a full spectrum of hands-on
workshops including, but not limited to, bookbinding, printmaking and
decorative paper. BookWorks recently purchased the building in which
it is located, in partnership with Blue Barnhouse, a small press specializing
in letterpress, bookbinding and independent publishing. Lcated in Asheville,
- Buchbinder Colleg:
School for advanced bookbinding and master classes. Instruction in German.
In Stuttgart, Germany.
- California Society of Printmakers:
The California Society of Printmakers is a non-profit arts organization
which promotes the appreciation of prints and printmaking. In support
of this goal, the Society sponsors exhibitions on a local, and national
level, carries out educational activities, and publishes a journal,
The California Printmaker.
- Camberwell College of Arts: Information on
- Carroll University:
See their new book arts major in the Art Program. Located in Waukesha,
- The Center for Book Arts,
Inc.: Current class schedules as well as online exhibitions. In
- Centre for the Book at the
University of Otago: Dr. Donald Kerr and Dr. Shef Rogers co-direct
the University of Otago Centre for the Book. Established in 2011, the
Centre aims to promote the rich book heritage of the university, city,
and country (New Zealand).
- Centre for Fine Print Research:
Based at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. it shows
some examples of research projects run by the CFPR which examine contemporary
artists’ books. As part of our research we explore many aspects
of the book arts: from the conception and history of the artist’s
book, to creative processes and output, current developments and critical
assessments of the subject. Through our research projects and collaborations,
we hope to widen critical discourse within the book arts field. There
is also a Book
Arts Newsletter published monthly by Sara Bodman.
- Centro del Bel Libro, Ascona
Switzerland: Fantastic study opportunity for fine/design binding. The
conservation program has unfortunately been shut down as of the end
- Cincinnati Book Arts Society: A
nonprofit organization comprised of a group of professionals and amateurs
from all quarters of the book, paper and printing arts for the purpose
of creating a spirit of community among hand workers in the book arts
and those who love books.
- Codex Foundation: The
foundation exists to preserve and promote the art and craft of the book.
Our mission is educational and, in the broadest possible context, to
bring to public recognition the artisanship and the rich history of
- Columbia College Chicago Center
for Book and Paper Arts
College of Art and Design: New Master of Arts in Art and the Book.
Located in Washington, D.C.
Book Arts Club: The book arts club for Cornell University offering
lectures and workshops. In Ithaca, NY.
- Craft Guild of Dallas:
Bookbinding classes at the Craft Guild of Dallas, TX.
Arts Workshop: Book arts classes and more. In New Haven, CT.
College Book Arts Workshop: A component of the Dartmouth College
Library Preservation Department. In Hanover, NH.
- The Fine Press Book Association:
A new organization recently formed by individuals interested in the
art of fine printing to promote printing skills and the appreciation
of beautiful books. See their blog here.
- Freundeskreis Miniaturbuch
Berlin e.V.: Friends of the Minature Book Berlin, Germany.
- Garage Annex School for
Book Arts: Presented by Daniel Kelm and Greta Sibley in Easthampton,
MA. Classes cover a wide range of topics from alternative to traditional.
of Book Workers' Study Opportunities List: US based with some international.
School of Book & Paper Arts: A comprehensive listing of courses
for all levels. In In Ann Arbor, MI,
- Houston Book Arts Group:
New group in the Houston (TX) area that meets monthly at the Museum
of Printing History, in Montrose. Each meeting typically includes a
hands-on experience with a book structure or other book arts related
skill which you can then take home and practice.
- Idaho Center for the Book at
the Hemingway Western Studies Center in Boise. Gallery
- The Ink Shop Printmaking Center:
A not-for-profit printmakers' center, fine art press and gallery which
offers professional facilities for the making of fine art prints. We
provide a range of equipment, including etching, lithography, proofing
and letter presses, a small darkroom and computer imaging equipment.
In Ithaca, NY.
- Het Instituut voor Kunst en Ambacht
(IKA): Art Center in Mechelen, Belgium with workshops in bookbinding
and other subjects. Click on "ateliers," then "boekkunst."
Site in Flemish.
- Libros - New Mexico Book Arts Guild:
LIBROS is New Mexico’s Book Arts Guild offering a variety of inspiration
for both traditional and experimental artist’s books. We hold
regular meetings on the 1st Saturday of the month, as well as annual
and special exhibits. We welcome new members and guests.
London Centre for Book
Arts: London’s first open access resource centre for people
interested in the production of artists’ books and printed matter.
The space will provide workshops and classes for studio members and
the local community, as well as access to hard-to-find equipment and
- London College of Printing:
Offers bookbinding, and related, courses.
College Book Arts Program: San Franciso, CA.
- Minnesota Center for Book Arts
(MCBA): Workshops for adults, educators, children, and more at this
first rate book arts center.
- Morgan Art of Papermaking
Conservatory and Educational Foundation: The Morgan Art of Papermaking
Conservatory and Educational Foundation is a Cleveland, Ohio non-profit
art center dedicated to the preservation of handmade papermaking and
the art of the book. Morgan Conservatory will pursue its educational
and charitable purposes by serving the greater community locally, nationally,
and internationally with sustainable practices in an innovative green
- Movable Book
- The National Printing Library, London:
The Library's collections cover printing and related subjects like paper
and binding, graphic design and typography, typefaces and calligraphy,
illustration and printmaking, publishing and book-selling, and the social
and economic aspects of the printing, book, newspaper and magazine trades
- Nebraska Book Arts
Center: To advance critical appreciation and knowledge of the book,
and to promote the arts of fine book production.
- New Jersey Center for the
Book: "To celebrate books, reading, libraries, and the diverse literary
heritage of New Jersey."
- New York Center for the Book and Reading:
Promoting book culture throughout New York State.
Bennet Street School - Bookbinding: the only full-time bench bookbinding
program in North America. The two-year program was started in 1986.
Class meets 30 hours a week from September through June. Only six students
are admitted each year. In Boston, MA.
- Oldways Bookarts
Tools and Workshop: Jim Croft's workshop in Santa, Idaho.
College of Arts and Crafts: Links to information about their book
- Pacific Center for the Book Arts:
An organization committed to providing our members opportunities to
show their work, socialize with other practitioners of the book arts,
and learn from their peers. Our members include calligraphers, custom
binders, printmakers, conservators, and many others.
- Penland School of Arts and Crafts
- Paper and Book Intensive
(PBI): A great summer experience in the book arts.
- The Printed Page: a fully
equipped, working art studio located in a restored mill building at
in Pawtucket, RI. Offers classes and workshops in printmaking and the
book arts as well as access to studio space and equipment for individual
at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU): Academic program information
and a links page which features an web based bulletin board for printmakers.
- Pyramid Atlantic:
Dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking,
digital arts, and the art of the book. For more than 22 years, Pyramid
has provided opportunities for the discovery and creation of these fine
arts through imaginative programming for people of all ages, backgrounds,
and abilities. An artist-centered community with an international and
local following, Pyramid Atlantic brings print and paper arts to people
all over the world.
- Rare Book School:
An independent non-profit educational institute supporting the study
of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in
1983, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in
- Sammlerkreis Miniaturbuch e.V.
Stuttgart: Minature book society based in Stuttgart, Germany. Pages
- San Francisco Bay Area Book Arts
- San Diego Book Arts: an
organization founded by Southern California artists. It is open to everyone
interested in the art of the book and offers a network for information
and education through lectures, workshops, publications and exhibitions.
- San Francisco Center for the Book:
SFCB is a place where you can learn about the many arts and crafts of
the book. Through workshops, exhibitions, and public events, SFCB promotes
both knowledge of traditional book arts and exploration of experimental
book forms. Visit our website to learn more and register for classes.
- Santa Reparta International
School of Art: An independent art school and professional workshop
providing facilities and courses in etching, monoprinting, relief printing,
photography, drawing, digital imaging, book arts, painting, art history,
and Italian language. In Florence, Italy.
of the Art Institute in Chicago Printmedia
School for Bookbinding
Arts at Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding: Provides training in the
craft of hand bookbinding. Its ongoing series of two-day workshops is
designed to teach techniques that are immediately useful to the student
as well as to create a solid foundation of skills for further bookbinding
study. In Winchester, VA.
- School for Formal
Bookbinding: Founded by Don Rash, fine bookbinder, the school provides
high quality instruction in hand bookbinding within the context of the
German academic tradition that I learned from my teachers, Trudi and
Fritz Eberhardt. Emphasis is placed on the understanding that a successful
hand-bound book is the result of interrelated decisions about structure,
technique and material at every stage of the binding process. In Plains,
- Scripps College
Press Book Arts Program: Letterpress printing and book making program
led by Kitty Maryatt at Scripps College.
Intarnazionale di Grafica: Founded in 1969 and is one of the main
centers for Printmaking and the Artists Book in Venice, Italy.
- Seattle Center for Book
Arts: Formed to promote education in hand book binding and related
art forms. We encourage fellowship and the exchange of ideas in the
- Shakerag Workshops: A small
workshop program, operating for only two weeks in June, in which participants
and faculty members live, eat, and work together for a week on the Sewanee
- SHARP Web: Society for the History
of Authorship, Reading & Publishing. Many links related to the history
of the book, publishing, printing and the bookarts. Subscription
information to SHARP-L.
- Small Press Center: The Small
Press Center for Independent Publishing is a non-profit cultural and
educational institution dedicated to promoting interaction between the
public and small independent book publishers.
- Southeast Association for
Book Arts: Created to promote book artists, scholars, researchers,
historians and aficionados through the interaction and intersection
of the practice, study and patronage of the book. Based at the University
of South Carolina.
- Studio on the Square:
A fully equipped letterpress printing & book arts studio located
on Union Square in New York City offering classes and workshops in letterpress
printing, printmaking, book arts, and bookbiding for artists, writers
and students with all levels of experience.
- University of Alabama Book Arts
Program: The M.F.A in the Book Arts Program develops book artists
who have well-honed technical knowledge of the various facets of contemporary
bookmaking, and who have an understanding of the historical evolution
of the book including its materiality, and the role of the book in society.
Of special note on this site are Podcasts by Steve Miller with leading
book artists offering unique insights into their creative processes
and other interests.
Art and Letterpress Lab at the University of Arizona School of Art:
The Book Art and Letterpress Lab has a large letterpress lab, polymer
plate-making facilities, a large collection of wood and metal type,
screen printing and complete bindery. Undergraduate and graduate classes
in book art and visual narrative are taught here.
- University of the Arts Book Arts/Printmaking:
The program offers a a two-year, sixty-credit, MFA Program in which
students explore the book as an art form that incorporates two-dimensional
as well as three-dimensional structure, time and sequence, text and
image. It embraces both the rich history of the book and the new processes
and forms created by digital technology. Its concept of book arts includes
fine-press printing and illustrated texts, visual and verbal narratives,
and works that push the idea of a book toward expressions as different
as sculpture and multimedia. In Philadelphia. Hosts of the transformative
Hybrid Book conference held
June 4-6, 2009.
- University of Idaho Bookarts: Now being preserved
as part of the Book Arts Web. While new resources won't be added I will
be trying to keep the resources and links there, many redundant, up
to date. Please let me know via the "Write" link at the Idaho site if
you have any corrections. This site was one of the first and deserves
to be preserved!
- University of Iowa Center for
the Book. See also the collection of historic
bookbinding models in the Conservation Lab. The Center for the Book
is an innovative, interdisciplinary arts and research unit located within
the University of Iowa Graduate College. The UICB pursues a distinctive
mission, integrating practice in the art of book production with the
study of the book in society. We offer curricula in book technologies
and book history, available to graduate and undergraduate students,
as well as to the eastern Iowa community.
- University of Maine-Machias:
The Book Arts program at the University of Maine / Machias, the environmental
liberal arts college of the University of Maine, is co sponsored by
the Departments of English and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts. Courses
are taught year round in professional letterpress and papermaking facilities.
See also their gallery
Commonwealth University Book Art Collection: Established in 1979,
Virginia Commonwealth University's Book Art Collection encompasses all
aspects of contemporary book art publications ranging from printed text
and photo narratives to multi-structured objects of art. Maintained
by Special Collections and Archives, the collection includes nearly
- Visual Studies Workshop: in Rochester,
NY. VSW is an internationally recognized center for media studies, including
photography, visual books, electronic imaging and film.
- Wellesley College
Special Collections Book Arts Laboratory: Here, students learn to
set type by hand and print on nineteenth century iron hand presses.
Regular workshops and lectures in the history and practice of letterpress
printing, paper marbling, and book binding are offered by Special Collections
staff to students, faculty and alumnae.
- Wells College Book Arts Center:
Features information about the press, bindery, book arts center and
- Werkstatt für Buch und
Gestaltung: Kurse, Vorträge, Ausstellungen rund um die Themen
BUCH, PAPIER & SCHRIFT. In Kirkel-Limbach (Saarland), Germany.
Dean College: West Dean College , an internationally-renowned centre
for study. The college provides MA degrees, diplomas and short courses
for students of all abilities, from the beginner to the advanced professional
practitioner in many crafts including Books and Library Materials. Near
Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
- Western NY Book Arts Collaborative:
Promotes, encourages and develops printing & book related arts through
programs such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions on all facets of
the printed word and image -- printmaking, papermaking, illustration,
design, writing, binding. In Buffalo, NY.
- Wisconsin Center for Book
and Paper Arts: non-profit, all volunteer artist's cooperative dedicated
to preserving the art and craft of handmade paper. WCBPA was established
in 1985 and is located in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Women's Studio Workshop:
The Women's Studio Workshop's is a not for profit organization supporting
the voice and vision of women artists. We provide professional opportunities
and employment for artists at various stages in their careers.