Recent CBAA Highlights

Career Awards presented by CBAA

The emerging educator award is presented to a member who has graduated in the last 10 years, and who shows exceptional development and commitment in our field, in the early stages of their career. This year's winner of the emerging educator award is Tatiana Ginsberg.

Tatiana earned a graduate certificate in Book Studies from the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2003 and an MFA from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 2007. She has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and residencies, including a Fulbright to continue her research on dyeing techniques used in hand paper-making in Japan. As one nominator wrote "Tatiana's immersion in Japanese paper dying and techniques has resulted in an expertise unrivaled in the States at this time." She is known for her ability to apply her artistic knowledge and expertise to varied media, her strong critical thinking skills, as well as her innovative teaching practices and the high quality work her students have produced.

Tatiana is an active exhibitor with a record that includes many international venues. She is an active participant in Friends of Dard hunter and a Founding Member of CBAA. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke.

From one of her nominators: "I am delighted to nominate Betsy Davids. Betsy is now emerita at California College of the Arts after a long and highly distinguished career as an educator in the fields of literature, printmaking and book art. Betsy brought her background in literature to the teaching of writing to artists, then combined that pedagogy with the burgeoning field of book art to create hybrid classes that encouraged artists to make books with their own texts as one aspect of their practice. Working in the printmaking curriculum, Betsy introduced letterpress to CCA, allowing her literary training to fuse with artmaking. As an educator she has had a profound impact on the field of book art education, as evidenced by the number of former students who are currently active as teachers themselves. Two of her best-known students, Johanna Drucker and Alisa Golden, have published widely about artists’ books; characteristically, their publications are entirely different, with Johanna focusing on theory and history and Alisa focusing on practice. Both women also are active as educators."

Betsy was a founding member of the Pacific Center for Book Arts in San Francisco in the 1970s and has been an active member of the book art community throughout her professional career; she is considered one of the ‘foremothers’ of the San Francisco Center for the Book. As one of the founding members of College Book Art Association and a member of it’s original board, Betsy was particularly active in organizing the CBAA journal. She continues to sit on the editorial board. Her extensive artistic work, writing, and research have helped to build the solid foundation of book art education we stand on today. Her students speak of her humanist qualities, her thoughtfulness along with freedom in the classroom, and they appreciated the historical perspective she offered which was gained from her personal experiences. While I wasn't one of betsy's students I vividly remember seeing her work at the University of Washington Special Collections, it was an epiphanial moment in my decision to become a book artist.

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