Now celebrating its twenty-eighth year, Paper & Book Intensive is a working sabbatical for practitioners and motivated beginners in the book arts, papermaking, and conservation. Daily class sessions are combined with lectures, discussions, and shared meals, to promote unusual levels of exchange and inspiration.

The program consists of two sessions. During the first four-day session, participants will take two classes: one meeting in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The second session classes will meet all day for four days, making a total of three classes for the event. Specialized class supplies as well as appropriate equipment and working environments are provided as part of the program.

PBI 2011 will be held at Ox-Box in Saugatuck, MI, on the wild and sandy shores of Lake Michigan. The natural environment, food and culture of Ox-Bow has served as both a refuge and place of creative refueling for many artists in the past 100 years.



Forms to download

Participant housing, travel and dietary form. Please download, fill out and return via the United States Postal Service to the address indicated on the form.

Participant supply lists. Download, and collect the necessary supplies for the class you are registered for.

Other links

PBI 2011 flickr page

PBI archives


William Drendel is a Chicago book artist and designer who began his art studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work, while based on traditional forms and techniques, tends to be very nontraditional. He has served as the Director and the Gallery Coordinator of the Columbia College Chicago's Center for Book & Paper Arts. He has also taught workshops throughout the country and he frequently spends time as a guest teacher of book arts at the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is on the Advisory Board of Cleveland's Morgan Conservatory. His work is in many important American and international collections.

Anna Embree is an Assistant Professor for the MFA in the Book Arts Program in the School of Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama. She teaches courses and workshops in bookbinding, box making, and special topics in book preservation and book history. Anna has a strong interest in the physical and material aspects of book structures. She has collaborated with printers and papermakers on limited edition handmade books, and has exhibited widely. Anna is currently involved in international preservation initiatives in Havana, Cuba and Arequipa, Peru.

Cathy Hunt is Instructional Assistant Professor of Art and Graduate Advisor at the University of Houston where she coordinates the printmaking program. She teaches classes and workshops on all aspects of printmaking as well as the book arts, with an emphasis on artists books. She has collaborated with artists and authors on artists books and chapbooks – most recently for a chapbook of the short story Through the Field by Colum McCann. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Matthew Liddle is a Professor in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and is the studio coordinator of the printmaking and book arts area. He received a BA from Dartmouth College (1983) and an MFA in Printmaking/Book Arts (1991) from The University of the Arts. In addition to teaching, he has held a variety of jobs related to art, design and printing, and has pursued an interest in book arts since the 1970s when he studied letterpress printing, calligraphy and illustration with the artist Barry Moser. Liddle’s work includes prints, artist’s books and book works that incorporate a variety of media and materials, and explore a range of subjects from the personal to the cosmic.

Steve Miller is Professor and Coordinator of the MFA in the Book Arts Program at The University of Alabama where he teaches letterpress printing and hand papermaking. He is chair of the Advisory Board of the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta. His book work is currently traveling with Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Steve is currently working with Cuban print- and papermakers on ongoing collaborative book projects.

Giselle Simon is the Director of Conservation Services at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Her interest in books, prints and paper began at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she received a BFA in printmaking, and continued through book conservation work at Northwestern University Library. She has taught bookbinding and conservation classes at Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper Arts and is currently teaching a collections care course at the University of Chicago’s Graham School. She is now working with handmade paper, both as a conservation material and printing surface.

Eileen Wallace is a letterpress printer and bookbinder specializing in custom printing and box making. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she teaches workshops across the country and is currently a visiting assistant professor in printmaking and book arts at the University of Georgia. Wallace recently co-curated "The Artist's Hand: Dard Hunter" and the American Arts and Crafts Movement, an exhibit held at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, Ohio. She is on the board of directors of Hand Papermaking magazine. She lives in Chillicothe, Ohio, where she assists in maintaining the archives and studio of renowned papermaking scholar Dard Hunter.

Co-director Emeriti
Maria Fredericks
Pamela Spitzmueller

Founding Co-directors
Timothy Barrett
Gary Frost
Hedi Kyle

PBI Site Hosts for 2011
Barb Korbel
Giselle Simon




Anna Embree
PBI Co-director

Book Arts Program
School of Library &
Information Studies
The University of Alabama
Box 870252

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252

or contact Anna Embree, PBI Co-director at 205-348-2398