Meet our team of talented instructors! Each one brings something different to the table, making our community of instructors rich, diverse, and knowledgeable. With these experts on our team, you can learn just about anything relating to book arts, book binding, and letterpress printing!
Golnar Adili was born in Virginia, and grew up in Tehran. She holds a Master’s degree in architecture. She has attended residencies at, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, Lower East Side Printshop, the Center for Book Arts (NY) and Women’s Studio Workshop among others.
Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include, Nurture Art,Craft and Folk Art Museum LA, Cue Art Foundation, IPCNY. Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and the NYFA Fellowship. Golnar is currently a Workspace resident at LMCC.
Biruta Auna is an Latvian artist, graduated from The University of Art in Tallinn, Estonia and is a member of The Artist’s Association of Latvia. Her work has been exhibited in many European countries and the United States, and some of her designs are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Riga, Latvia. She lives and works in New York City.
Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She was a 2017 – 2018 Scholar in Residence at the Center for Book Arts. She has taught courses at Nassau Community College, SCAD Atlanta, the Wallkill River School, and the Center for Book Arts. Castaldo received her MFA from SCAD Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Castaldo’s work has been exhibited internationally. Her work has been collected by the Savannah College of Art and Design, Carnegie Melon University, Yale University, and other institutions.
Béatrice Coron is a studio artist who creates papercutting, artist books, digital animations and public art. She cut surprising shapes and environments for words and thoughts. Her work can be seen in major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center. You can see her public art in subways (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago) and castle among others.
You can watch her story on TED or her website www.beatricecoron.com
Karen Gorst is consistently ranked as one of the best living illuminators. She has been ranked as one of the top 100 most influential calligraphers of the entire 20th century, and was named the top calligrapher and manuscript illuminator in Louis Vuitton • Moët Hennessy’s “Made in New York.” She was trained by the best calligraphers and illuminators of our age including Hermann Zapf and Sheila Waters. A past president of the Society of Scribes, NY, she was on the Board of CBA. Her work is in The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress (Liljenquist Family Collection), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and NYPL’s Judaica Collection.
Roni Gross is a book artist whose work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale and many other public and private collections. She runs Z’roah Press which produces limited edition sculptural books. Her website is ronigross.com
Yukari Hayashida is originally from Japan and currently resides in New York City.
Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in North America (BA, Oberlin College; MFA, Columbia College Chicago). Her Fulbright Fellowship in Korea about hanji led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and the first US hanji studio in Cleveland, OH. Her exhibits at museums, galleries, and art centers around the world include the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Korean Consulate in New York City. She specializes in introducing new audiences to the history, techniques, and tools of hanji, and building and enhancing paper studios to make Korean-style papers.
Celine Lombardi studied bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA and through working with private bookbinders in New York City. Currently she is a core bookbinding instructor at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan; is the Chair of the New York chapter of the Guild of Book Workers; and has her own private studio in Brooklyn, NY. Her fine bindings have been exhibited in Boston, Chicago, London and New York. Her artist books and fine bindings are in rare book collections of libraries across the country.
Amber McMillan received her BA in Visual Arts and Economics from Oberlin College. She has been an active member of the Center for Book Arts NYC since 2003. She is the proprietor of Post Editions, a small press specializing in radical editions. Additionally she has worked and trained in many letterpress shops in and around New York. Her teaching style is combination of fine press and commercial printing. Amber has served as an instructor at the Center for Book Arts since 2005.
Sarah Nicholls is a visual artist who makes pictures with language, books with pictures, prints with type, and animations with words. Her limited edition artist books are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. For twelve years she ran the studio and education programs at the Center for Book Arts in New York. She teaches at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. More information at www.sarahnicholls.com
Iviva Olenick is a Brooklyn-based artist developing textiles from seed to fiber and dye and textiles as texts. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Museum of Design Atlanta; the Hunterdon Museum, NJ; Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, NYC; the Center for Book Arts, NYC; the Old Stone House, Brooklyn; Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn. Iviva is a faculty member of SVA’s MFA Art Practice program where she teaches Fibers. In addition, she gives artist talks and designs intensive textile-based workshops for museums and universities.
Maria G Pisano is a book artist, printmaker, curator and educator. Memory Press works are represented in The Library of Congress, 9-11 Memorial Museum and many more. She exhibits widely here and abroad. Ms. Pisano has presented lectures at the Library of Congress, College Book Arts Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Her article “Mark To Impress” was published in California Society of Printmakers 2018 Journal. This year she was invited to present workshops at Bridwell Library, Dallas TX, Hand Bookbinders of California, Center for Book Arts in NYC and at the Morgan Conservatory, OH.
Lauren Rowland has been marbling and teaching this craft for more than three decades, working chiefly with acrylic and watercolor paints on carrageen size. Her papers have been used in mixed-media assemblages, costumes, advertising, and as covers and endpapers for a variety of books from small presses and commercial publishers — including a collection of writings by Pope John Paul II. Lauren also use marbling to create monoprints, unique explorations of color.
Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. Sheehy’s trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.
Sarah Smith studied printmaking, graphic design, and bookmaking at Parsons School of Design. Following her BFA she volunteered at The Center for Book Arts to further her bookbinding training. She has worked in the printmaking and bookmaking field for seven years now.
Jennifer Verbit, while attending Alfred University, discovered painting and printmaking; and graduated with a BFA. Following college, at The Center for Book Arts, Jennifer has been studying the art of bookmaking for over ten years. She is experienced in teaching hands-on book arts skills to children, teens, adults and senior citizens!