During this season of thanksgiving, we want to say a heartfelt “Thank you!” to all who make our space amazing!
This year, The Center for Book Arts is especially grateful for our wonderful community. We have a great crew here! Volunteers, instructors, staff, students, visitors, our Board, funders and friends all make The Center for Book Arts an incredible place. Our programs welcome all kinds of friendly faces—you’ll see them touring our exhibitions, using the studios, or just stopping in to say “hi”.
This is our heartfelt “Thank You,” to our champions both near and far who support us, encourage us, and most importantly, inspire us to keep charging forward, forging ahead in the realm of the book.
These are shout outs to people who have truly given back to The Center this year. Read on to learn about these inspiring people!
Garrett Buhl Robinson is a weekly Volunteer at The Center. He was first introduced to CBA as a participant in the Fine Press Publishing Seminar led by Master Printer, Barbara Henry. Among this diverse group of writers, Garrett built a bond with people who started out as strangers. After this week-long intensive, learning about letterpress printing and self publishing, Garrett was hooked and wanted more.
He joined as a volunteer to continue working in the print shop. We love seeing Garrett in the studios every week. He helps us maintain the studios and shares his positive outlook with everyone he meets. Garrett writes, “I cannot tell you all how wonderful it is to be given an opportunity to learn more about the Book Arts. I have found boundless resources to continue developing the ways I explore and create books. Most importantly, I have found a community of friendly and talented artists who share a passion for literature and the book arts. It is an absolute delight to meet and interact with a group of such friendly, thoughtful and talented artists all associated with the Center.”
Zoe Katz began her story with The Center as a summer intern in 2017. She was immediately taken with the studio and spent countless hours honing her skills, learning all she could about book art…and she never left! Since her time as an intern, Zoe has continued not only to invest time in her own learning, but in the community as well. At the end of her internship she began volunteering in our Outreach Program, assisting artist instructors in onsite and offsite workshops. It was obvious that Zoe was adept at teaching and she soon became an instructor herself. Through our Outreach Program, Zoe has been teaching Book Arts to youth at The Center for All Abilities, a partner organization who works with children and youth on the spectrum.
Not only did Zoe bring her enthusiasm to Outreach, she also shares her excitement for the Book Arts as a part-time employee. Three days a week, Zoe can be found at CBA ordering supplies for our classes and liaising between students, instructors, and The Center, to ensure the success of our classes. Of her time at The Center, Zoe shares, “I really enjoy working here with the community of interesting, dynamic artists, creators, and people. I also love the reward of working in the studio, using the old machines and techniques connecting me to the history of bookbinding. Using my hands to create such unique objects, I am always delighted that this process, which is so good for the mind, character, and the soul, leads to such amazing objects.”
Tammy Nguyen, artist, teacher, and femme extraordinaire, joined our community as a Scholar for Advanced Studies in Book Arts in 2015. Like many past residents and scholars, Tammy has stayed on as a studio renter and friend, taking advantage of The Center’s book making equipment to continue her work as an artist. Tammy shares, “The Center for Book Arts is a remarkable resource and invaluable community to me. I have learned endless amounts of techniques from the other artists who also work here all the while laughing and sharing our many musings together.” Next time you’re at CBA, say “hi” to Tammy; chances are she will be in the studios developing new editions for her artists book imprint Passenger Pigeon Press. It’s also not uncommon to encounter her via social media giving shout outs to The Center. Tammy and other artists’ enthusiasm and energy bring vitality and mirth to our community.
As you reflect on what you are thankful for this year, we hope we are on your list! Would you consider showing us your appreciation with a donation on Giving Tuesday? Any token of appreciation goes a long way for us.
Thank you again, to our wonderful community! We wish you and your loved ones happy holidays.
About the Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974 and still located in Manhattan, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. Visit our website for up-to-date details on all events and programs: www.centerforbookarts.org