2020 Board of Directors Bios

Amanda D'Amico is a book artist working under the imprint Tiny Revolutionary Press. She is the Master Printer at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, and teaches at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and The Soapbox: Community Print Shop and Zine Library, is the Vice Chair of Meetings for the College Book Art Association, and is an artist member of the Impractical Laborers in Service of the Speculative Arts. Her artist's books have been collected and exhibited nationally.

Tia Blassingame: A book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history, and perception, Blassingame often starts her artist's book projects with archival research and incorporates her own poetry for nuanced discussions of racism in the United States. She holds a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, M.A. in Book Arts from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Blassingame has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, the International Printing Center New York (IPCNY). Her artist's books and prints can be found in library and museum collections including Library of Congress, Yale University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cornell University, Swarthmore College, and State Library of Queensland. Blassingame is an Assistant Professor of Book Arts at Scripps College and serves as the Director of Scripps College Press.

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, the Tate Britain Library, and the SFMOMA Library.

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), co-owner of The Southern Letterpress, and founding member of Print St. Pete Community Letterpress. Bridget works as the 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 School of Art, Florida State University, and Colorado College. Her work can be found internationally in collections including Yale University, Tate Britain, UCLA, and the Brooklyn Museum. Bridget currently serves as the President of the College Book Art Association.

AB Gorham is a book artist and writer from Montana and holds MFAs in Book Arts and Poetry from The University of Alabama. She is the Manager at Black Rock Press where she teaches book arts, letterpress, and papermaking in the Book and Publication Arts Program. Recently, Gorham edited a collaborative reading experience of Frank Stanford’s The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You, published by Third Man Books. Her poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, DIAGRAM, and Gulf Coast, among others.

Heather Green's projects and installations examine historical and ecological narratives of the Northern Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert. The collaborative nature of her work has allowed her to ally with a diverse range of individuals including scientists, poets and fishermen. Green is a recipient of the 2011 Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Project Grant, the 2010 Community Foundation of Southern Arizona/Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, and the Oregon College of Art & Craft Emerging Artist Residency in Book Arts. Her work has been shown in Spain, México, Uruguay, and in museums and galleries both regionally and across the United States. A native of Tucson, Heather currently works in Tempe as Assistant Professor of Book Arts at Arizona State University.

Virginia Green teaches graphic design, letterpress printing, and bookbinding at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She holds a BFA at The University of Texas at Arlington and MFA at the University of North Texas, both degrees in the area of Communication Design and Printmaking. 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 and fine art editioned prints and artist books.

Cait Harris is a multidisciplinary artist, printer, and designer. Her work engages with political and social justice issues and utilizes printmaking as a tool for expression and interpretation. Cait is interested in community interactions that facilitate change through dialogue and collaboration. Cait has taught printmaking classes at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, Boise State University, and the Boise Art Museum. She is currently a Visual Arts MFA candidate at Boise State University.

Andrea Kohashi is a Teaching & Learning Librarian in Special Collections and Archives at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is interested in book art production, research, and scholarship and exploring innovative ways to engage with primary source materials. She currently serves as CBAA's Vice Chair of Membership and received her MFA in Book Art and MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.

Candida Pagan is an artist living and working in Iowa City, IA. By day, she is Project Conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries, adjunct faculty at the University of Iowa Center for the Book (UICB), and teaches workshops at the local community art center, Public Space One. She earned an MFA in Book Arts from UICB in 2015. Candida is a member of the Iowa Museums Archives and Libraries Emergency Response Team (IMALERT) and serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC). She has served on the board of the College Book Art Association since 2016 and is chair of the Development Committee.

Jessica Peterson is a letterpress printer, book artist and teacher. She operates The Southern Letterpress in New Orleans’ lower Ninth Ward. Jessica holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and a MFA from the Book Arts Program at University of Alabama (2009). Her artists’ books are collected in private and public libraries around the country. She currently teaches letterpress printing and graphic design at Tulane University.

Suzanne Powney is an associate professor for the BFA Program in Graphic Design at Mississippi State University. Since 2005, Powney has printed and produced artist books, prints and broadsides under the name BlackDog Letterpress. Her work uses color, texture and pattern to create a tactile experience for the viewer that are researched in the history of architecture, art and design. Her work can be found in dozens of libraries and private collections in the United States and abroad, including Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University and The Yale Arts Library.

Lisa Beth Robinson is Somnambulist Tango Press, making artists books, fine art, chapbooks, and broadsides. Media include handmade paper, letterpress printing, linoleum carving, and fused glass. Robinson’s research presents Colony Collapse Disorder as the metaphor for global sociopolitical acts. Her ongoing collaboration with sculptor Kristin Thielking examines ocean health/conservation, wave science, and shipwrecks as a reflection of the human condition. She is interested in the interconnectedness of things, particularly with regard to the environment. Robinson, an associate professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, is a member of the Catching a Wave collective. Recently, her work has been purchased by institutions such as Emory University and the New York Public Library and exhibited at Science Gallery Dublin (Ireland), the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (GA), and she recently presented with Thielking at the Glass Art Society conference (FL) and the Art in the Anthropocene conference (Dublin, Ireland).

Tate Shaw is an artist, writer, publisher, and curator living in Rochester, NY. He is the Director of Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) and directs the MFA in Visual Studies at VSW for SUNY College at Brockport where he is an Associate Professor of English. Cuneiform Press published a collection of Shaw’s essays on artists' books, Blurred Library, in 2017

Amy Thompson is an Assistant Librarian and the Designer for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She is also the proprietor of Paper Boat Studios. She holds a BS in Studio Art & Biology from Willamette University and an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. Amy has taught book arts, typography, bookbinding, printmaking, painting, and a breadth of design courses at the college level. Amy has won multiple awards, has exhibited widely, and her work is held in multiple institutional collections.

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