Richard Minsky

Bio

Richard Minsky is an American scholar of bookbinding and a book artist. He is the founder of the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

Richard Minsky was born in New York City in 1947. In 1960, Minsky obtained his first printing press at the age of 13. In 1968, he graduated cum laude in economics from Brooklyn College. Minsky was awarded a fellowship at Brown University, where he received his master’s degree in economics. He pursued a Ph.D. at The New School for Social Research, but left after two years to pursue bookbinding, art and music. He studied bookbinding while at Brown with the University’s master binder Daniel Gibson Knowlton. He founded the Center for Book Arts in 1974 after fourteen years experience as both a bookbinder and printer. Minsky served as the Center’s Executive Director until 1977 and its President until 1978. He also served as the Director of Program Development and an instructor in hand bookbinding at the Center. Richard served on the Book Art Theory subcommittee of the College Book Art Association. The Richard Minsky Archive is at Yale.

A portion of this bio was taken from The Book exhibition catalogue.

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