Welcome to the Book Arts Guild.  in 1979 a small group of book binders, papermakers and printers started the Guild and it is now the largest, longest lived, active book arts group in the Pacific Northwest.  With over 300 members, BAG reflects the wide variety of arts and crafts sheltered under the book arts umbrella. We've hosted hundreds of lectures by major artists from all over the world, coordinated many workshops with master artists and craftspeople, supported exhibitions, and been active in regional book fairs throughout the group's history. 

On this website you will find upcoming events, both hosted by the Guild and those of interest to its members, and an archive of past activities.   You will find photographs from workshops, exhibits, studio visits and lectures illustrating the wide variety of events BAG has sponsored throughout its history.   Please join us.  Our $20 annual dues are a bargain to attend our monthly meetings with visiting artists specializing in a wide range of media, forms and content.  Take this opportunity to support the book arts regionally and nationally. Join us!!

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Just One Look Artists' Books Exhibit

Just One Look Artists' Books Exhibit

March 31, 2016

Just One Look: an exhibition of contemporary book arts exploring the theme of Women and Vision

March 31 through July 29, 2016

Special Collections, Allen Library South, University of Washington

Thirty new artists’ books, most commissioned specifically for this exhibition, were created by artists from across the country as well as from the region. Each was inspired by a text proposed, for the most part, by faculty from the UW Humanities departments including, Classics, English, Asian Languages, Germanics, Art History, and Philosophy. Oral stories from the Salish, Muslim and Latino cultures are also included.

Featured Artists: Harriet Bart | Mare Blocker | Hannah Bruckbauer | Lou Cabeen | Malpina Chan| Julie Chen | Laura Davidson | Dead Feminists [Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring] | Lauren Dudley | Elsi Vassdal Ellis |Mar Goman | Mari Gower | Fred Hagstrom | Lyall Harris | Helen Hiebert | Charles Hobson | Alex Hollmann | Beanne Hull | Diane Jacobs | Kate Leonard | Lise Melhorn-Boe | Catherine Michaelis | Suzanne Moore | Robin Price | Laura Russell | Emma Shulte | Robbin Ami Silverberg | Tamara Somerfeld | Jessica Spring | Carletta Carrington Wilson

The exhibition is co-curated by Lauren Dudley and Sandra Kroupa.

The event is part of the "Feminism and Classics Vii: Vision" conference. Sponsored by the University of Washington Libraries, the University of Washington Classics Department and the Simpson Center for the Humanities.

This exhibit is open to the public during Special Collections' hours:

March 28-June 10 and June 20-August 19: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am-4:45pm; Wednesday, 10am-7:45pm

June 11-19: Monday-Friday, 1:00pm-4:45pm

A special evening opening for Book Arts Guild members and friends will be on

Thursday April 21, 2016 7pm-9pm