Tom Balbo is currently artistic director and founder of Morgan Conservatory. He graduated with a BA from Baldwinn-Wallace university and has a MFA and is a fellow from Syracuse university. Tom is a potter, printmaker and paper maker. His work has been widely exhibited internationally. Teaching paper workshops both western and eastern style along with casting and sculptural techniques has been a mainstay for thirty-five plus years. Tom is currently a board member of Hand Papermaking Magazine.
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 retired from the faculty of the School of Art at the University of Houston, where she coordinated the printmaking and book arts program. She currently maintains studios in Houston and in Ludington, Michigan. She received a BS from the University of Illinois and MFA from the University of Houston. Her interests include the expressive possibilities at the confluence of image and language and the place of the print in contemporary artistic practice. 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 Eligible, An Excerpt by Curtis Sittenfeld.
Julie Leonard maintains a studio in Iowa City and is Associate Professor of Book Art at The University of Iowa Center for the Book. She is interested in both contemporary and historical forms of the book from traditional and historically based applications to more experimental and artistic possibilities and 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.
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 New Orleans-based letterpress printer and maker of artists’ books under the imprint Paper Souvenir. She owns and operates The Southern Letterpress from inside Paper Machine, a New Orleans-based center for printing and book arts. She teaches at Tulane University and Delgado Community College. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and a MFA from Book Arts Program at University of Alabama (2009). She has taught book arts and graphic design at several colleges including the University of Alabama, Mississippi University for Women, Purchase College and The University of Bridgeport. In addition to her teaching, she has created collaborative artists’ book project with Small Craft Advisory Press at University of Florida, Short Twig Press at Longwood University, and the book arts center at Ringling College of Art. 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.