Board of Directors Election Information

In keeping with the CBAA board membership guidelines, the following members have been elected by the current CBAA Board to fill vancies.

Slate, Board of Directors, 2021

Ruth Bardenstein, Independent — Executive Vice President
Sue Carrie Drummond, Independent — Vice Chair for Programs, Meetings and Programs Committee
Suzanne Powney, Mississippi State University — Treasurer
Sara Rieger, University of Iowa (2nd year MFA student) — Board Member, Student Representative

Ruth Bardenstein
Ruth received her MFA from Eastern Michigan University in Studio Art (Graphic Design and Installation). She has studied bookbinding, book arts and historical bindings with Daniel Kelm, Julia Miller, and other master teachers at PBI and Hollander’s School of Book and Paper Arts. Her work includes installation, book art, collage, typography, assemblage and graphic drawings which explore the connections and relationships across scientific, mathematical and literary disciplines. Ruth’s work has been exhibited both locally and nationally. She has taught Book Arts courses at EMU and has published research on the historical Samaritan manuscript bookbinding. Ruth also has a long career in management consulting and strategic planning through her Burns Park Consulting business practice. She has a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a M.S. in Operations Research from MIT.

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Sue Carrie Drummond
Sue Carrie Drummond is an Assistant Professor of Art at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and received her MFA in book arts and printmaking at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Drummond was a recipient of the Artist’s Book Residency Grant at WSW in 2017. She was a studio assistant in papermaking at Penland and the artist-in-residence at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 2015. She exhibits her work regularly and is included in several special collections.

Sara Rieger
Sara Rieger is a writer, artist, and book artist living in Iowa. Rieger is interested in the concept of play and how games and nonsense contribute to creativity and the artist's process. She makes autobiographical artists books. Rieger has taught art classes in public schools, colleges, and in art museums for students ranging in age from 5-85. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.


Suzanne Powney
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 under the name BlackDog Letterpress. These books use color, texture and pattern to create tactile experiences 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.

Note: The board slate is made available to the membership for 30 days before being finalized.

CBAA Board Election Policy: The committee shall request from the membership by mail, email, or by publication in the newsletter, recommendations for nominations. They shall then select the required number of nominees. This preliminary slate shall be composed immediately following the October quarterly board meeting and published together with biographies and personal statements of the nominees. The membership may then make additional recommendations for directors to the nominating committee within thirty (30) days of the publication of the slate. The committee shall 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.

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