Tacoma Studio Tour


October 14 & 15, 2017
11 am – 5 pm

The Tacoma Studio Tour is your opportunity to see inside the working studios of local artists, learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Many of our Puget Sound Book Artists members will be opening their studios and showing off their work. Please come and visit some of the finest artists in Tacoma!

For a downloadable and printable brochure click here

For an interactive map of the studios click here

For more information on the all new Satellite Studios Tour click here

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Dual Exhibitions at the University of Puget Sound

Clarissa Sligh—Nationally Renowned Artist and Activist
Fumiko Kimura ’77—Sumi Artist
Exhibits and Public Talks
Aug. 28—Sept. 23

image003TACOMA, Wash.Nationally recognized artist Clarissa Sligh is exhibiting her works in a show titled Am I Safe? and giving two public talks during a residency at University of Puget Sound this fall. Fumiko Kimura ’77, a Tacoma-based artist working in sumi, an ancient East Asian ink wash style of painting, will hold the exhibit One. Dot. Sumi in the small gallery and also give a talk. The exhibits run from Monday, Aug. 28, to Saturday, Sept. 23, in Kittredge Gallery on campus.

For more than 30 years, Sligh has woven together the cultural, historical, personal, and the political to explore concepts of memory and transmutation, and perceptions of boundaries and identity. Now she brings her creative ideas to two shows that have only become more relevant in light of recent political and social events.

In Kittredge Gallery, Sligh’s installations of more than 6,000 folded origami cranes—many from the pages of hate books promoting extreme anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, or racist ideologies—transform hate speech into artworks of calm contemplation. Her artists’ books, photos, and prints examine personal identities and fears in an unequal world.

In Collins Memorial Library, a small exhibition of Sligh’s artists’ books showcasing racial inequality and addressing social justice in our country are on display. Many of her books are autobiographical in nature, touching on issues of race and gender throughout her life.

Sligh will give two public talks. Admission is complimentary and refreshments will be served.

·        Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6–7 p.m.: A book talk, along with partner Kim Purser, in Archives & Special Collections, 2nd floor, Collins Memorial Library

·        Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5–7 p.m.: The opening reception in Kittredge Gallery, with a talk by Clarissa Sligh at 5:30 p.m.

      Sligh’s prints, artists’ books, and installations have been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum, in New York; Walker Art Center and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, in Minneapolis; and the National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C.

She has been honored with recognitions or grants from the Art Saves Lives Foundation, Shlenker Block Fund of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation, and Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, in Asheville, N.C. Other awards include an International Center of Photography Infinity Award (1995) and fellowships from Anonymous Was A Woman (2001), the National Endowment for the Arts (1988), and the New York Foundation for the Arts: once for artists’ books (2005), and twice for photography (1988; 2000).

Sligh was one of the artists in Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, an exhibition hosted by Holter Museum in Montana that challenged artists to transform pages of white supremacist books into beacons of hope. Most recently her work was included in the Equal Justice Initiative, curated by Brooklyn Museum.

image005In Kittredge’s second gallery, from Aug. 28 to Sept. 23, are works by Tacoma-based artist Fumiko Kimura ’77. Kimura’s sumi paintings range in scale from the intimate to large installations. Her works are based on Asian-influenced brush calligraphy. They include paintings of landscapes, flowers, insects, and birds, as well as mixed-media collages derived from an experimental approach. The works relate to her experience as a biochemist and her more than fifty years as a visual artist.

Kimura is a co-founder of Puget Sound Sumi Artists in Washington state. She will give a public talk in Kittredge Gallery, 4–5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Admission is complimentary.

Sligh’s visit and exhibit are supported by the Catharine Gould Chism Fund for the Humanities and the Arts, Collins Memorial Library, Department of Art and Art History, Department of History, and African American Studies.

Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History, and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5–7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery; Artist talk at 5:30 p.m.

Book Talk: Tuesday Sept. 5, 5–7 p.m., Archives & Special Collections, Collins Memorial Library

Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, Wash.
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Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.
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A Conversation with Paper Maker Velma Bolyard

A Conversation with Paper Maker Velma Bolyard

July 11
Room 020
6:30 – 8:00

Collins Memorial Library
The University of Puget Sound

image001Velma 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 www.velmaboyard.com  about her work and life.  Velma will discuss her work as a paper maker and artist and share examples of her work.


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Award Recipients: Northwest Musings

The evening of June 8, 2017 was a fine one at the Collins Library.  Artists, friends, librarians, and other interested visitors came for the reception and awards announcements for the 7th annual Puget Sound Book Artists exhibition—Northwest Musings.  There was delightful food, gentle harp music and, of course, the 47 beautiful handmade books.  Three awards were presented this year: the Curators’ Award, the Collins Memorial Library Award, and the Award of Excellence.  All of the jurors who selected the winners mentioned the difficulty of choosing a single work from so many excellent entries.  The reasons for each award choice are detailed below.  We congratulate the winners and, in fact, all who worked hard to make this exhibit a success.

Chupa postcard 2Curators Award

Patricia Chupa – Thuja Plicata

Structure/Medium/Materials:  Mache & painted paper on a cardboard armature; Woven paper; Feathers, beads, twig, lichen, duff, wasp paper, ceramic button; Wood board; Book boxes housing post-bound & leather/paper-bound journals.

Created:  2017

 The great diversity of materials, techniques and forms used in the works in this show truly impressed our team of curators.  The artists thoughtfully explored the stated theme of the exhibit “Northwest Musings”, calling on their individual memories and their knowledge of history and sense of place to give form to their books.

As a team we struggled with choosing our single award winner because there was such a richness of presentations.  Ultimately we decided on Patricia Chupa’s work “Thuja Plicata”.  It is a complex piece that at first glance evokes the very nature of the Pacific Northwest with the two images of a strong tree and a traditional conical woven rain hat.  Both of these images allude to protection, shelter, stability, and Pacific Northwest history.  A closer look reveals that it is two small books that are “protected” by the tree and hat, and that each book is a journal containing drawings, personal observations and stories.  One journal is actually placed within the tree; the other at a short distance from it.  Immediately there is an implied dialogue between the two and a sense that the whole work is a tribute to a cherished relationship.

Thus, what is highly personal–the journals– and what is archetypal symbol–Thuja Plicata–merge into one unique book that provides us with a feeling of exploration and discovery.

Curators:  Jan Ward, Dorothy McCuistion, Sally Alger, Bonnie Larson

Chan postcard 2Collins Award

MalPina Chan – 46.79°N 121.74°W: Mapping the Glaciers of Mt. Rainier.

Structure/Medium/Materials:  Turkish Map Binding, Arches Text Wove Japanese Kozo-shi, Archival inks

Created: 2017

Our judges had a hard time choosing, because there were so many beautiful works.  The PSBA members are amazingly talented. Our final decision came down to which book was most applicable to classes on the University of Puget Sound campus, and we quickly thought of several specific classes that could use MalPina Chan’s 46.79°N 121.74°W: Mapping the Glaciers of Mt. RainierMapping the Glaciers engages the place and space of Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest landscape and imagination.  This book entices the viewer with a Turkish Map Fold construction that opens up to reveal a map and handwriting from Abby Williams Hill. The detail of adding maps to the back side of the folds completes the charm.  Mapping the Glaciers is an evocative and inventive representation of one of Washington’s iconic natural features, recognizable by its persistently glaciated peak. Using an old map of the mountain’s glaciers, the artist forces us to address the centrality of the mountain. At the same time, the older map raises questions about climate change in the viewer’s mind:  where are the glaciers today? The map itself is framed on both sides with excerpts from the diary of Abby Williams Hill, an artist and progressive thinker who herself was deeply engaged with notions of place and the Mountain.  The juxtaposition of map and words from the early twentieth century invites us to explore our own relationship to Mt. Rainier. This work situates its viewer in a variety of ways, through its mingling of topography with the personal writings of Abby Williams Hill, and invites questions about how our experiences with the natural world both shape and are shaped by it. We envision Mapping the Glaciers engaging students and researchers working with the Hill Collection, focusing on our local region, and in courses from multiple disciplines.

Peggy Burge. Coordinator of Teaching, Learning and Digital Humanities

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian

Hilary Robbeloth, Systems and Discovery Librarian.

woolf02bAward of Excellence

Suze Woolf

Pine Beetle Book, Vol III: Bug Ruts

Structure/Medium/Materials: Pine-beetle-bored bark in epoxy resin, laser-cut iron-oxide-dyed felt pages, wire-edge-bound, wooden “worry” beads

Created: 2016

Juror’s Statement:

I have had the wonderful opportunity to view the PSBA juried members’ exhibition over the past seven years and have to say that each year the exhibition has gotten stronger. This year, fine bindings, evocative imagery and sculptural, organic qualities are prevalent in the artist books that are exhibited in the Collins Library. Imagery and meaning is tied in with craft through a variety of scales and diversity of themes related to the Pacific Northwest. Various structures include Turkish map folds, flag accordions, as well as stab–bound, cloth-bound, and piano–hinged books. Imagery is produced through wide means, including photography, stamps, screenprint, digital techniques, and dying.

It was very difficult to choose the award of excellence. However, I found myself continuing to go back to a work where the materials were an integrated whole, where form and meaning were united. Suze Woolf’s Pine Beetle Book, Vol III: Bug Ruts is part of her related series of books that reference bug trails in the woods. This shaped book is welcoming, the materials a combination of warm browns.

The exposed binding consists of brown threads that wrap around metal pins; threads are left to trail off, echoing the linear trails seen on the felt interior pages. Worry beads are attached to the ends of the threads, which add weight and keep the threads separated.

Bug Ruts feels good in the hands. The cover is a piece of organically shaped tree bark that has been bore into by beetles, then covered in clear resin. The uneven resin suggests water or tree sap. On the verso, the rough texture of bark acts as the endsheets, quite visually different than the energetic line veining on the cover. The organic edges of the cover and leafs allow one to wrap their fingers around them, as one might with a worry stone.

The shape of the front and back covers differ; in between there is a slow transformation of the shape of the pages, an echo­ of the exterior. Flexible felt pages are contained within the book. Rust dye is used on the soft pages to mark beetles’ tracks. Gestural in quality, these markings are evidence of the insect’s path. The thick pages add a sense of solidity that combines with the softness of the felt material. The pages turn easily.

Suze Woolf has preserved the beetle’s journey, capturing a part of the larger whole of our ecosystem. Time, nature, and movement are captured in this satisfying artist book.

Juror: Janet Marcavage, Printmaker and Professor at the University of Puget Sound

 Northwest Musings

Exhibition dates:  June 1 – July 28, 2017
Featuring 31 artists with 47 unique and original books.

The public is invited to attend special, free events that will run alongside the exhibit.
All events will be held in Collins Memorial Library.

Next Event:

Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

For Library hours: pugetsound.edu/libraryhours

 We gratefully give thanks for the continued support and generous hospitality of The University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library; particularly Library Director Jane Carlin, graphic designer Jeanne Young, Administrative Coordinator Jamie Spaine, and photographer Ross Mulhausen.

Visit Collins Library to see and appreciate the exhibition Northwest Musings in its entirety.  To view the exhibition online, click here:

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7th Annual Member’s Exhibition

Puget Sound Book Artists 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition

Puget Sound Book Artists Logo

Exhibition dates:  June 1 – July 28, 2017
Featuring 31 artists with 47 unique and original books.

The public is invited to attend special, free events that will run alongside the exhibit.
All events will be held in Collins Memorial Library.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Artist Conversation:
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

Panel Discussion:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Collins Library Room 020

 Puget Sound Book Artists Chart

What images, words and ideas occur to you when you hear the phrase Pacific Northwest?

PSBA came up with a few:  Trees, ferns, slugs, smog, eagles, clams, blackberries, tulips, sea glass, herons, mountains, fog, rain, crows, berries, beaches, arsenic, pho, seals, tankers, whales, sand, beach glass, boats, ships, containers, paper mills, logging, clear cutting, planes, traffic, grunge, coffee, tattoos, salmon, diverse communities and traditions, methanol, ferries, independent thinkers, technology, green, grey and blue, climbing, kayaking, markets, crabs, sun, water.

Artwork by Pat ChupaAll this and more is our community, an inspiring and often mystical and magical place.  The  chosen theme for the 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition for the Puget Sound Book Artists is Northwest Musings.  This year’s show marks a departure from previous exhibitions.  Books in the show run the gamut of celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the Northwest, to providing commentary on social issues that affect our communities. (Left artwork image: “Thuja Plicata” by Patricia Chupa)

Jane Carlin, a member of the PSBA Board and Collins Library Director, is excited about this new approach to the exhibition.  “A goal of the PSBA is to make the book arts more accessible and we thought a themed show would resonate with the Tacoma and Puget Sound community.  We want to celebrate our location and give back to Tacoma for all the support that our organization has received.  We hope the community will be excited to see the area reflected in the book form.”

“Themed exhibitions are always a challenge and  “Northwest Musings” is no exception,” said Mark Hoppmann, current President of the Puget Sound Book Artists.  What better way to test our imaginations than by celebrating the Pacific Northwest and sharing our visions in this exhibition, Northwest Musings.

Jan Ward, Lead Curator for this year’s exhibit says, “The artists this year have challenged our thinking from the serious and disturbing memories depicted in Lynn Skordal’s work, “The Bomb” to the delight of exploring our area celebrated in Peter Newland’s “Travel Musings”;  from Suze Woolf’s careful use of native woods to create unique books that can be “read” as stories to Laura Russell’s “Hit the Road” Highway 99 pop-up books.  The diversity of skills and forms used to depict each artist’s musings makes this a must see exhibit.”


Curators for the 2017 exhibition include:

Jan Ward is a book artist from Edgewood, WA. Her unbridled exploration and use of all manner of materials, techniques and methods often leads her work to the edge.  Her current interests are in uncovering, exposing, and disentangling the chaos of life so things can be reexamined and appreciated.

Dorothy McCuistion is a printmaker and book artist living in Tacoma, WA.  Her work focuses on monotype prints and she often combines these prints to create unique art books.  She strives to make universal connections and statements that begin from a personal perspective.

Bonnie Larson, who lives in Federal Way, Washington, expresses the beauty of nature and color through handmade books, watercolor paintings, sewing projects, and calligraphy pieces.

Sally Alger is a papermaker from Tacoma, WA.  She studied art and art history at the University of North Dakota and for the last few years has had a special interest in the challenge of transforming scraps of computer paper and plant material into works of art-collages, books, and even a unique sort of jewelry.

Puget Sound Book Artists is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals and amateurs from all quarters of the book, paper, and printing arts—including bookbinders, papermakers, printers, book artists, archivists, and conservators.  The group aims to provide educational opportunities and to foster excellence through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and publications dealing with various aspects of the art of the book.

In 2013 the PSBA was awarded the City of Tacoma AMOCAT Arts Award for Community Outreach by an Organization.  The group sponsors a variety of workshops, lectures and special event designed to be learning opportunities for beginning and experienced book artists.

For further information contact:  psba@gmail.com

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Northwest Musings: A Call To Artists 2017 PSBA Exhibition Page



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Puget Sound Book Artists 7th Annual Meeting


January 14th, 2017

Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound

Shu Ju speaking regarding her inspirations for and development of her books.

Shu Ju Wang speaking regarding inspirations for and development of her books. 

With 108 active members, (and counting) the Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Meeting is always an anticipated event. Known not only an opportunity to learn but also to share, book artists from all across Puget Sound and beyond, arrive at Collins Memorial Library on the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma Washington, to learn not only what the Puget Sound Book Artists is doing for them, but also what they can do to support this thriving organization. Even before the doors opened on Saturday morning, we knew this year’s event was special. Jane Carlin, Director of Collins Library and Vice President of the Puget Sound Book Artists along with Jamie Spaine, Administrative Coordinator, had spent the week preparing the library.   An almost overwhelming array of items had seemingly appeared from nowhere for the silent auction, which each year raises funds for this non-profit organization.   Just some of the items included the donated inventory of late book artist Joyce David, handmade journals, paper, book making paraphernalia, ephemera, and of course, books.

Gorgeous paper available at the silent auction.

Gorgeous paper available at the silent auction. 


An astounding array of items available at the silent auction.

An astounding array of items available at the silent auction. 

Another fabulous breakfast buffet at the PSBA Annual Meeting.

Another fabulous breakfast buffet at the PSBA Annual Meeting. 

Once members and guests entered the library to greet fellow artists or to meet someone new, there were important decisions to be made. Should they visit the Continental breakfast buffet that had been prepared, or first visit the tables where the silent auction items were laid out on display, waiting for the highest bidder to appear, or stop to look at the array of books on display that had been created in Puget Sound Book Artist sponsored workshops? Amidst all of this was the eager anticipation for the opportunity to listen to guest artist, Shu Ju Wang speak about her work.

Featured speaker, Shu Ju Wang talking about her works. 

“Multiple voices and viewpoints are the cornerstones of my work, a reflection of my personal history of migration and background in technology, science and art. It is a balancing act of the analytical vs. meditative modes of creating, of re-imagining traditional motifs in a contemporary context, and of understanding our stories as a relationship between narration vs. interpretation.

In a culture of bigger-is-better and faster-is-better, I create small & intimate work, slowly. Influenced by Chinese gongbi style paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and Islamic miniatures, my work combines abstract & representational forms in lush and jewel-like colors, and I invite viewers to interpret, to draw conclusions about this world that we live in.” http://www.fingerstothebone.com/

PSBA members listening to the featured speaker, Shu JuWang. 

Footnote: This year, over $1700 was raised for the PSBA in our silent auction. A very special thank you to Frank David for the generous donation of his late wife’s paper inventory for the silent auction!

Photos and blog by Mark Hoppmann
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An Interview with Susan Lowdermilk

An Interview With Susan Lowdermilk

Susan Lowdermilk presenting examples of tunnel books during her PSBA Workshop

Susan Lowdermilk presenting examples of tunnel books during her PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop

Susan  is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as in digital media. Her recent artist’s book projects involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. Her books are included in many university library collections and public collections such as the Getty Museum, the University of Washington and the New York Public Library. Her work is represented in galleries throughout the United States. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she has been teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design for two decades. Susan earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

We recently had a chance to talk with Susan about her work and approach to teaching:

  1. What inspires you about the tunnel book?

Tunnel books intrigue me with the compelling visual illusions of depth and perspective that can be achieved with this simple and transparent design form. Tunnel books (or peep show books) were originally created as Victorian optical toys. They were usually a literal picture in three dimensions of popular scenes or commemorative events. As an artist, movable books offer me rewarding design challenges. They also offer visual rewards for the viewer as the closed book goes from a flat object, then comes to life as a three dimensional kinetic form. As our relationship to the traditional codex book changes and our experience shifts to reading more and more on digital devices, I become more interested in the retrograde analog, tactile, simple, technology of movable and pop-up books. 

  1. Are there challenges to teaching book arts?

In teaching book arts some typical challenges that I manage with my students are: following an appropriate design process and time frame, keeping projects to a manageable scope for the time allotted, and not putting too many ideas into one project. These are challenges that I face with my own projects as well. I find that since the book is such a familiar object, students are typically eager to create them with own narratives. My class at Lane Community College is called “Artist Books and Pop-up.” Our student body is made up of all ages and backgrounds. I teach Art and Design majors as well as students from other disciplines. This makes for a rich and interesting atmosphere in the classroom where students share ideas, and often help each other problem solve conceptually as well as technically using the knowledge unique to their own life experiences. 

Students working on projects during the PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop run by Susan Lowdermilk

Students working on projects during the PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop run by Susan Lowdermilk

  1. Anything you want to say about your philosophy and approach to teaching and or the book arts?

I believe that every design choice in an artist book project should be in service to support the book’s content. The text (or the concept if no text is present) should inform all choices like color, font choice, type treatment, size, materials etc. An artist’s book is well realized when it communicates the artist’s vision, at the same time that it functions as a kinetic, tactile object able to be explored.

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant's first book ever

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant’s first book ever

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant's classwork

PSBA Tunnel Book Workshop participant’s classwork

 Blog by Jane Carlin and MalPina Chan
Photos by MalPina Chan
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Artist Presentation by Susan Lowdermilk

Puget Sound Book Artists, in collaboration with the Collins Memorial Library is pleased to announce a presentation by artist

Susan Lowdermilk

Friday, September 16, 2016, 5:30-7pm,

Collins Library, University of Puget Sound,

Library Rm. 020


lowdermik_2imagesSusan is a Professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she has been teaching courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design for two decades. As a book artist and printmaker, Susan works in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and etching as well as digital media. To learn more about this accomplished artist, visit her website: Susan Lowdermilk|Book Artist, Printmaker

Click here for a map of the UPS campus.


Photos by Susan Lowdermilk
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