Co-Directors

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 non-traditional. He has served as the Direc­tor and the Gallery Coor­di­na­tor of 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 Asso­ciate 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.

Cathy Hunt is Instruc­tional Assis­tant Profes­sor of Art at the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton where she coordi­nates the print­mak­ing pro­gram. She received a BS from the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois and MFA from the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton. 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 a wide array of artists and authors on artist’s books and chap­books; with her part­ner in Fio­cat Press she most recently pro­duced Women and Love, an excerpt from Expe­ri­ence: A Mem­oir, by Mar­tin Amis. Cathy serves on the Board of Gov­er­nors of the Arrow­mont School of Arts and Crafts.

Julie Leonard main­tains a stu­dio in Iowa City and teaches book­bind­ing, artist books and design at The Uni­ver­sity of Iowa Cen­ter for the Book and School of Art & Art His­tory. She is inter­ested in both con­tem­po­rary and his­tor­i­cal forms of the book from the very old and very tra­di­tional and his­tor­i­cally based appli­ca­tions to more exper­i­men­tal and artis­tic pos­si­bil­i­ties, and of course, the inter­sec­tions to be found between the two. She has bound many edi­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with artist print­ers and pro­duces her own edi­tioned and unique artist book works. Cur­rently she is col­lab­o­rat­ing on a series of broad­sides in honor of paper­maker, poet, and artist Betty Oliver, and design­ing and con­tribut­ing to bind­ing an edi­tion enti­tled Shakespeare’s Sis­ters designed by Sara Sauers for the Fol­ger Library. Julie serves on the board of the Col­lege Book Art Association.

Matthew Lid­dle is the Direc­tor of 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.

Jes­sica Peter­son is a let­ter­press printer and maker of artists’ books under the imprint Paper Sou­venir. She oper­ates The South­ern Let­ter­press in North­port, Alabama and is an instruc­tor of book arts and let­ter­press at The Uni­ver­sity of Alabama. She has taught book arts and graphic design at Mis­sis­sippi Uni­ver­sity for Women, Pur­chase Col­lege and The Uni­ver­sity of Bridge­port. She earned a BFA from The School of the Art Insti­tute of Chicago and an MFA from Book Arts Pro­gram at Uni­ver­sity of Alabama. Her artists’ books are col­lected in pri­vate and pub­lic libraries around the country.

Giselle Simon is the Con­ser­va­tor at the Uni­ver­sity of Iowa Libraries. 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. From 2001–2012 she worked at the New­berry Library in Chicago, first as Col­lec­tions Con­ser­va­tor and then as Direc­tor of Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vices. She has taught book­bind­ing and con­ser­va­tion classes at Colum­bia Col­lege Chicago Cen­ter for the Book and Paper Arts and col­lec­tions care courses at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago’s Gra­ham School. Her work involves hand­made paper, both as a con­ser­va­tion mate­r­ial and print­ing surface.

Co-director Emer­iti

Maria Fred­er­icks

Steve Miller

Pamela Spitz­mueller

Eileen Wal­lace

Found­ing Co-directors

Tim­o­thy Barrett

Gary Frost

Hedi Kyle