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The Nominations Subcommittee is excited to announce the 2018–20 CBAA Board of Directors slate, consisting this year of 8 incoming and 7 reelected directors. 

After requesting nominations from the membership by email and through a post on the organization’s website, the subcommittee met to look at these nominations and selected a preliminary slate, which was presented to the CBAA board and discussed at its meeting on Oct 1. The board then approved all members of this preliminary slate via an anonymous vote. The membership may now make additional recommendations for directors to the Nominations Subcommittee within thirty (30) days of the publication of the slate, sent to the following email: The subcommittee will then make up to four (4) additional nominations at the request of at least two (2) percent of the membership for any single nominee in descending numerical order above the minimum needed. 

The slate is listed below, along with each director’s bio.

Incoming Directors

Tia Blassingame teaches Book Arts at Scripps College and is the director of the Scripps College Press. She holds a BA from Princeton University, MA from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Blassingame has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, Santa Fe Art Institute, and MacDowell Colony.  Her artist’s books can be found in library and museum collections around the world, including Library of Congress, Stanford University, State Library of Queensland, and Tate Britain. 

Aaron Cohick is the proprietor of the NewLights Press, a small press focused on the intersection of experimental writing and artists’ publishing. He is also the Printer of The Press at Colorado College, a letterpress studio that creates an interdisciplinary space within the liberal arts curriculum. Aaron received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College (Painting, 2002) and his MFA from Arizona State University (Printmaking, 2007). Aaron's work is held in public and private collections all over the world, including the Library of Congress, the British Library, Yale University, the Letterform Archive, the Newberry Library, and the Tate Britain.

Virginia Green was born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania. She eventually meandered down to Texas where she earned her BFA at The University of Texas at Arlington and her MFA at the University of North Texas, both degrees in Communication Design. Virginia joined the Baylor Art faculty in 2006. In addition, she is the Principal and Creative Director for VGreen Design, a freelance design studio, and BlackHare Studio, a letterpress, artist book, and fine art studio. Her creative passions include typography and letterpress printing, a medium that allows for custom graphic design, artist books, and fine art prints.

Emily Larned is an artist-printer-publisher, writer, and educator. She is co-founder of the participatory art and publishing project, Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), and founder of Alder & Frankia, an imprint of collaborations. Larned served as a board member of Booklyn Artists Alliance for eight years, and her artist books and publications are collected by over 70 institutions including the Tate, the Brooklyn Museum, the V&A, and the Smithsonian. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Art and is Chair & Associate Professor of Graphic Design at SASD, University of Bridgeport, CT.

Richard Minsky is a book artist. In 1974, he founded the Center for Book Arts. In 2010, Yale University, repository of the Richard Minsky Archive, mounted a 50-year retrospective. He is recipient of the Guild of Book Workers 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jenna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist. She is currently teaching studio art and art history classes at the high school and college levels in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was the 2016 Book Arts and Printmaking Artist-in-Residence at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. Prior to Lillstreet, she was the Victor Hammer Fellow at Wells College in Aurora, New York, where she taught undergraduates papermaking and bookbinding. She built a papermaking studio at Wells with assistance from the Edward Foundation Grant. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2013, where she received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts.

Tate Shaw is an artist and writer living in Rochester, NY. He is the Director of Visual Studies Workshop (VSW), a nonprofit organization with a mission to support artists and critics working in photography, books, and moving images. He is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Brockport where he directs the MFA in Visual Studies program at VSW. Shaw is co-founder of Preacher’s Biscuit Books, an occasional publisher of first-time book artists, and his own book works are in international collections including the Tate Modern, London, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale Special Collections, the George Eastman Museum Library, amongst others. Cuneiform Press published a collection of Shaw’s essays on artists' books, Blurred Library, in 2017.

Karen Zimmermann is a professor in the Visual Communications Division at the University of Arizona. Previously she taught at the University of Hawai’i. She has received numerous grants and awards including an Arizona Project Grant by the Arizona Commission of the Arts, UA Deans Fund for Excellence, and UA Faculty Fellowship. She has served on the CBAA board in the past in numerous leadership roles and will co-host the organization’s 2019 annual meeting in Tucson. 

Reelected Directors

Bridget Elmer is an artist living in Saint Petersburg, Florida. She is the co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) and a founding member of Print St. Pete Community Letterpress. She publishes artists’ books under the imprint Flatbed Splendor. Bridget works as Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center at Ringling College of Art and Design, where she also teaches as adjunct faculty. She received an MFA in the Book Arts and an MLIS from the University of Alabama, and has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Ox-Bow, Florida State University, and Colorado College.

Amy Lund is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft with a BFA in Craft and a focus in Book Art and Printmaking. She came to CBAA through Barb Tetenbaum and served a two-year term as a Student Representative before starting her current role as Secretary. Minutes, spreadsheets, and Google folders are just what she enjoys—truly. She puts those skills to use at work too; Amy is the Admissions Office Coordinator at OCAC and finds her book art skills come in handy in more places than the studio. She spends her free time exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two teenage children.

Kerry McAleer-Keeler is Associate Professor of Art and Design at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, George Washington University. She has taught at the Corcoran since 1998. Her work has been selected for individual, group, and juried exhibitions throughout the US and internationally, and is represented in publications like The Book as Art: Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and 500 Handmade Books, Vol. 2 by Lark Books. Her book and print work is in collections such as the National Museum of Women In the Arts, Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Library, and the American Art and Portrait Gallery Library.

Kathleen O'Connell grew up in Plattsburgh, New York. She studied printmaking, book arts, sculpture, and drawing, earning a BFA from SUNY Plattsburgh and MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After studying, she traveled and completed a series of art-related jobs and adjunct teaching positions (Italy, Chile, New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon). Between 2009 and 2012, she taught book arts out of her studio in Lima, Peru. In 2012, Kathleen accepted an academic position teaching Book Arts and Letterpress at Middle Tennessee State University. She continues to make artwork and travel.

Candida Pagan is an interdisciplinary artist who was raised in Iowa. She earned an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and is based in Iowa City. She creates research- and experience-based works of art through performance of experiments, installation, drawing, letterpress, and bookbinding. These works often include line drawings and prose or labeling. She also makes limited-edition fine press books and ephemera through her imprint, Digraph Press, and is a book and paper conservator at the University of Iowa libraries.

Matt Runkle is a writer, cartoonist, book artist, and letterpress printer. His artist book, Catholics, is held in permanent collections such as the Library of Congress, the Newberry Library, and the University of Iowa Libraries. Recent zines include (Great) Catholics no. 1, which adapts and evolves material from the artist book, and DISH!: In Defense of Vicious Gossip, featured in CBAA’s Rising Together Zine Archive. His fiction collection, The Story of How All Animals Are Equal & Other Tales, was published in 2014 by Brooklyn Arts Press. He teaches workshops in letterpress, zines, comics, sequential collage, and other modes of writing for visual and material genres.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist's books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily's work is exhibited and held in collections nationally. She has served on the CBAA board and as Awards Committee Chair since 2014.


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