• Sunday, March 11th 2018 PSBA Salon Come and meet other book artists. Bring your favorite art book to share.  Bring something you are working on.  Bring an idea or a problem you’ve encountered in the process of making your work.  Or bring what you plan to enter in this year’s PSBA Exhibition. This is a great opportunity to share and get feedback. Jane Carlin will mark the occasion of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here exhibit by sharing the artist book, “The Librarian of Barsa: A True Story from Iraq” by J. Winter.   3:00-4:30, Collins Memorial Library, Archives Seminar Room




  • Sunday, November 19, 2017 PSBA Last Salon of the Season: Artist Residencies Come and be a part of the discussion with a panel of artists who have participated a variety of programs. Time: 3-4:30pm. Location: University of Puget Sound, Collins Memorial Library, Archives Seminar Room.
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 PSBA Fundamentals Workshop The Codex 101: Single sheet coptic. PSBA Member Gabby Cooksey will be presenting this workshop on how to create this book form. Time: 1-4 p.m. Location: 2926 S. Steele Street 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA.


  • Tuesday, September 5, 2017 A Conversation With Noted Book Artist Clarissa Sligh Come and hear Clarissa Sligh, whose work focuses on social justice. Visit her website at:  Clarissa’s work will be on display in Collins Library and in the University’s Kittredge Gallery.
  • Thursday,September 7, 2017  Collecting Incunabula:  The Collection of David Wertheimer.  David is a Director at the Gates Foundation and a collector of early printed books  – books printed before 1502!  David will share works from his collection as well as talk about the joys of collecting these unique and rare items.Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm Location: Collins Library Archives and Special Collections, 2nd floor, University of Puget Sound
  • Sunday, September 10, 2017 PSBA Salon: Handmade paper portfolios. PSBA will have two guest hosts, Peter Newland and Robyn Johnson, who will present their bound portfolios of handmade paper complete with artist biographies. For more information click here
  • Monday, September 11, 2017  Artists’ Books from the Abecedarian Gallery. Alicia Bailey returns with a collection of new books to share from her Denver Gallery. Time:4:00 – 5:00pm Location: Collins Memorial Library Archives and Special Collections, 2nd floor, University of Puget Sound
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 Artist Reception for Mare Made:  A retrospective exhibit of the work of Mare Blocker. Collins Library is thrilled to host this exhibit which will profile over forty years of making art! Time: 5-6:30pm Location: Collins Memorial Library, Collins Link, University of Puget Sound
  • Saturday, September 23 PSBA Fundamentals Workshop Dos-a-Dos binding will be taught at this mini-workshop offered to PSBA Members


  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Reception and Meet and Greet PSBA is having a reception to honor Rochelle and Ken Monner for their gift of their collection of Shereen LaPlantz books to Collins Memorial Library. There will also be an opportunity to meet and greet Collins library’s new Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Adrianna Flores. Time: 2-3:30pm, remarks at 2:30. Location: Collins Memorial Library, Archives and Special Collections, 2nd floor, University of Puget Sound.


  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017  A Conversation with Papermaker Velma Bolyard Velma Bolyard is a fiber, paper and book artist working with mostly locally gathered materials for textile, paper, and book making. She recently retired from 25 years of teaching special education in alternative public school settings. Her passion is to make art that explores environment and the connection to place, and teach others technique to inspire them to push their own work. Currently she is exploring the properties and personality of flax/linen and milkweed and is working on a larger project, Hortus Siccus about plants and place.   She writes a blog, Wake Robin  about her work and life.  Velma will discuss her work as a paper maker and artist and share examples of her work.
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 The Artists Vision: Inspiration to Implementation A panel discussion open to the public, with a moderator and a select group of PSBA artists will discuss the processes involved in their works shown in the PSBA 7th Annual Exhibition. Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: Collins Memorial Library, Room 020, University of Puget Sound


  • Thursday, June 1-Friday, July 28, 2017 Musings Northwest, the 7th Annual PSBA Exhibition Come see handmade 47 handmade books by 31 artists from the Puget Sound Area and beyond! Location: Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound
  • Thursday, June 8th, 2017 The Opening Reception for Musings Northwest, the 7th Annual PSBA Exhibition Please join us for the opening reception for our 7th Annual Exhibition. In addition to the fantastic selection of books on display this year, the recipients of the Collins Library Award, the Curator’s Choice Award, and the Recognition of Excellence Awards will be announced. Also, a special thank you goes to our retiring president Mark Hoppman for his service. Time: 5-7pm Location: Collins  Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound
  • Saturday, June 10th, 2017 PSBA Fundamentals Workshop: The Codex 101: Secret Belgian Binding PSBA member Gabby Cooksey will be presenting. This book has a woven cover sewn onto the text block. There is nothing secret about this book, but the name is very intriguing! Invented by a Belgian binder, Anne Goy; she wanted to make a binding like a Japanese stab binding but in a Western way. The cover is in 3 pieces, a spine and 2 covers, woven together to make a case. Then each signature is sewn onto the spine of the cover. This book opens flat and has very lovely sewing. As a part of the PSBA Fundamentals series you can also expect to learn the fundamentals of folding, scoring, sewing signatures and about sewing tools and materials. Time: 1-4pm. Location: 2926 S. Steele Street 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA
  • Monday, June 22, 2017 Musings Northwest: Conversations with the Artists The artists featured in the PSBA 7th Annual Exhibition will discuss the inspiration and creative process associated with one of their featured pieces. Time: 5:30-7:30pm Collins Memorial Library, Room 020, University of Puget Sound


  • Monday, May 1st, 2017 The Joys of Ephemera: The Collection of Sylvia Schar Join us for an informal presentation by Library Director Jane Carlin and student Carlisle Huntington ’20 about this new collection, donated by Tacoma resident Sylvia Schar. This collection of bookmarks, paper dolls, and greeting cards includes items dating back to Victorian England, and provides a snapshot of the history of graphic design. Time: 4-5pm Location: Collins Library, Archives, University of Puget Sound
  • Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 5-7pm:  Celebrate Freedom of the Press Hosted by Elliot Press at the Wekell Gallery in Ingram Hall on the Pacific Lutheran University campus.  Celebrate freedom of the press and view the Thornily collection of antique type and print a keepsake!
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017: An Informal Talk About The St. John’s Bible This informal talk about the St. John’s Bible on display at Pacific Lutheran University will be given by Samuel Torvend, PhD. This PSBA Members only event will have limited seating and any PSBA members interested in attending should contact Jamie Spaine:
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017: Laura Russell –  Farewell Trunk Show  ( yes – you really did read Farewell) After years of supporting the Book Arts community with the wonderful 23 Sandy Gallery Exhibits and events, as well as supporting and representing many artists, Laura is staring a new chapter in her creative life.  Join us for her final trunk show, featuring the exhibit, BuiltFrom 11am-12pm Location: Collins Library, 2nd Floor Archives, University of Puget Sound.
  • Friday May 19-Sunday May 21, 2017: Beyond Pigment and Paste: Creating A New Visual Vocabulary With Suzanne Moore In this PSBA Workshop you will venture out beyond the edge of what you think might happen with painting and drawing, stenciling and layering paste and acrylic paint on paper surfaces. We will use patterning, distressing, stencils under and over the sheets, resists with oil and acrylic, charcoal and graphite and dry pastels, and layering, allowing each student to create distinctive work. Time: 9am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday For more information click here


  • Friday, April 7, 2017: Deadline for Submissions for PSBA’s annual Member’ Exhibition The entry process for “Northwest Musings” closes on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:59PM. For the prospectus with important dates and guidelines click here
  • Sunday, April 9, 2017: PSBA Members Salon “Tools of the Trade” PSBA members are invited to the second salon in our series. Members are encouraged to bring their favorite tools that they find necessary for their work. This can include recipes for glazes, glues and pastes. There will be many tables and space for members to spread our their items. From 2:30-4:30 pm Location: Collins Library, The University of Puget Sound, Room 020
  • Friday, April 21, 2017: PBS “Craft In America: Nature” episode featuring PSBA member Catherine Alice Michaelis at 9:00PM PSBA’s very own Catherine Alice Michaelis will be one of the featured artists on this program. In this episode of the acclaimed series Craft in America she will show examples of her work and explain some of her influences.
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017: Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza The thirteenth annual Tacoma Wayzgoose will be held on Saturday and Sunday from  11am-4pm. Meet printmakers, watch steamroller printing, make paper, print your own keepsake, and more. For more information click here


  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017: 30 Years of bookmaking at Bloodroot Press Noted book artist and professor, Jean Buescher Bartlett will present a lecture and samples of her work. 5:30-6pm Coffee and Conversation, 6-7pm Presentation and questions from the audience. Location: Collins Library, University of Puget Sound, room 020.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017: Color Language-An Introduction to Color Theory for Book Artists with Becky Frehse This PSBA Mini-Workshop will give the book artist an overview of classic color theory including color perception and color-combining strategies. Projects will be collage-based using printed papers and Albers color packs. For more information and the link to the registration page, please go to the Workshop page. From 1-4 pm Location: 2926 S. Steele Street, 2nd Floor, Tacoma, WA
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017: Intersections of Art and Life: A Conversation Between Julie Chen and Lois Morrison, Moderated by Sandra Kroupa Book artists Julie Chen and Lois Morrison have been friends for 40 years and have worked together on three artists’ book collaborations over the past 30 years including their most recent work: A Recuerdo for Ste. Ostrich, published earlier this year. Under the guidance of moderator Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts & Rare Book Curator at the University of Washington, they will speak about their parallel careers in book art and the ways in which their collaborations and lifelong friendship has affected their creative work over the years. Please stay for a light reception and additional conversation following this presentation. From 3:30-5:30 pm  Tickets Required. For more information, visit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art website.
    Saturday, March 25, 2017: PSBA Members Photography Session Members of PSBA have the opportunity to participate in the seventh exhibition of our organization. All members who submit work will be represented with at least one book, however you may submit up to three pieces. Be sure to visit the exhibition page for additional details and important dates. If you would like to have your work photographed by a professional, other than yourself, the deadline for registration for the Photography session is Friday, March 17, 2017. Please check out the links on the Events Page.


  • Sunday, February 12, 2017: PSBA’s First Salon of the Year: Library Director, Jane Carlin will give a tour of the New Archive and Special Collections at Collins Memorial Library. Bring work to share and ideas for future topics. From 2:30-4:30pm. Location: Special Collections in the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017: Deborah Greenwood will be presenting a lecture and demonstration at the February meeting of Pacific Gallery Artists. Deborah will show examples of her work and demonstrate the process of book making. 7 pm-9 pm. All meetings held at Asian Pacific Culture Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way.


  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017: UPS Collins Library Special Collections Open House. Come see the new and expanded space! Highlights from the collections, including manuscripts, university ephemera, rare and artists’ books will be on display; and the African American Communist Party Pamphlets, a new addition to the collections, will be showcased. Print a special keepsake on the Collins Press. 3:30-5pm with brief remarks at 4:15pm. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Special Collections in the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound.
  • Postponed due to inclement weather To Be Rescheduled April 2017: A lecture by David Wertheimer, deputy director for strategy, planning, and management for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. David Wertheimer is an avid book collector. He began collecting as an after school hobby while in the sixth grade, wandering the shops on Fourth Avenue in New York City. David will discuss his start as a book collector, some of his favorites pieces from his personal collection of unique books many of which are examples of incunabula – books published before 1501! Location: Archives Space in the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound.


  • Saturday, October 8, 2016:  So you want to write and illustrate a Children’s Book:  A Conversation with Karen Robbins. Karen, an accomplished local author will share insights in the business of publishing and the creative process of writing and designing a children’s book.  
*Family Story Hour: 10-11am (Rocking Chair Reading Room): Karen Robbins will read her book Care for Our World
*Lecture:  12-1pm: So you want to write a children’s book? Conversation/lecture with children’s author Karen Robbins (Room 020)
  • Sunday, October 9, 2016:  PSBA meet and greet at the Sammamish Public Library during the Sammamish Art Fair.  Stop by and visit PSBA members, Pat Chupa, Jan Dove, and Mark Hoppmann as they talk about the art of the book.  For more information:
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2016: Dead Feminists Book Party at Kings Books.  Take time to visit with Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary, creators of the Dead Feminists Series.  To read more, go to Kings Books
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016:  Vamp & Tramp visits Collins Library for their annual show & tell of contemporary Artists’ Books:  Collins Library, 2:00 – 3:30.  If you haven’t heard of Vamp and Tramp, then I recommend you visit their website:
  • Sat & Sun, October 15/16, 2016:  The Tacoma Studio Tours.  58 artists, ten or more of whom are PSBA members! For maps, list of participating artists and more, visit Tacoma Arts
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016:  Opening Reception for Chandler O’Leary’s Farm to Table exhibit at Collins Library.  This exhibit will feature a series of illustrations, lettering, patterning, and paper installations that highlight organic farming and sustainable food movement in the South Sound region.  from original sketchbooks to cut paper pieces, the body of work illustrates the agricultural importance of our region, and highlights the struggle to preserve farmland amid rapid suburban and industrial development.
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016: Opening Reception for Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound: A traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum, UW, supplemented with specimens from the Slater Museum at the University of Puget Sound, and gathering baskets from a private collector

Reception for both events: October 20th from 4:30-6:30

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016:  Paper Trails, Kings Books.  Celebrate paper and the art of the book with even more PSBA members and other artists.   To read more, visit Kings Books
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016: Catherine Michaelis Reception, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.  Here is a great opportunity to support the work of PSBA member Catherine Michaelis. For ticket information:
  • Monday, October 24, 2016:  Amanda Clark, art historian and scholar will showcase her research on this unique art form at Collins Library.  Amanda will cover several works of Chinese book art, broadly defined, including Xu Bing’s Where does the dust itself collect?, Wang Qingsong’s Crazy readers, and Cai Guo-Qiang’s One night stand, among other works that push the margins of how we define and categorize art. The presentation will consider a wide variety of works produced by contemporary Chinese book artists, the paradigms they push against, and the powerful global messages their artworks convey. 3:00–4:00 (Library Room 020)

2 Responses to Calendar

  1. Susan Ozubko says:

    Please let me know when you will be offering workshops in 2917.

    • psbaeditor says:

      Please keep checking the website under the Calendar, Events, and Workshops Tabs at the top of our home page. We will be updating often!

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