Current Teaching Artists
Camilo Aguirre (he/him)
Camilo Aguirre is a Colombian visual artist who makes comics, animations, and prints. Camilo finds relationships between personal anecdotes and historical narratives to highlight the participation of every person in the social fabric. Aguirre earned his MFA in Visual Studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2020). Camilo curated the Suitcase Gallery at MCAD and implemented projects like Distant Letters (2018-2019), in which he exchanged images that were shown simultaneously in different countries through printmaking. Camilo has also participated in the Mobile Printing Unit project at MCAD and made a graphic novel titled What Remains (2020).
Hope Amico (she/her) is a visual artist, writer, and educator based in Portland, OR. Through classes, zines, and the Keep Writing postcard project, she is excited to share ways we can support each other creatively. Previously known as gutwrench press, she has led classes online and in person through the San Francisco Center for the Book, the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Blackbird Letterpress, Ladies of Letterpress Conference, and privately through her own studio.
Robyn Awend (she/her)
Robyn Awend is a practicing artist who uses her Jewish identity as a focal point of her work. She holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of Dallas, and is a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis. For fifteen years, Awend has made significant impact in the local Jewish arts community and most recently served as the Twin Cities Jewish Cultural Arts Director of the Sabes Jewish Community Center and the St. Paul JCC, where she curated, directed, and organized exhibitions and programs that explore the intersection of Judaism and art.
Hannah O’Hare Bennett (she/her)
Hannah O’Hare Bennett is an artist, papermaker, and educator based in Madison, WI. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Between those degrees, she worked as a farmer, Peace Corps Volunteer, and produce manager; manual labor informs her art. Her residencies have included Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), StudioWorks at the Tides Institute (ME), The Morgan Conservatory, and The Textile Arts Center in Manhattan. She has taught widely, and her work has been shown across the country.
Laura Beyer (she/her) is an artist working within the media of print, paper and book arts. Laura’s artwork has been collected by colleges and universities, private collections as well the Detroit Institute of Art. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. She currently works as an arts instructor at various institutions in the Detroit area and runs her business, Hearty Greetings from her print studio.
Brien Beidler (he/him) is a toolmaker and bookbinder. In his book work, Brien is inspired by historic leather bindings in their ability to harmonize fine craft, quirky but elegant aesthetics, and evidence of the hands that made them. Beginning with this tradition as a baseline, Brien’s bindings seek ways to create new compositions from these historic precedents. Brien also creates a limited assortment of specialized hand tools for bookbinding and its related trades.
Michelle Blodgett (she/her)
Michelle Blodgett has been teaching and creating experiences for over 20 years. An Iowa native, Michelle received her BA in Arts Management with a minor in Education from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA and her MA in Human Development with a focus on Creativity from Saint Mary’s University. She has developed programs and exhibits and taught at the following institutions: Witter Art Gallery, former College of Visual Arts, Hawaii Children’s Discovery Museum, and Minnesota Children’s Museum. Michelle enjoys sharing her passion for paper marbling and has been marbling since 2015. https://www.artoverchips.com
Kevin Brown (he/him)
Kevin Brown was trained as a (digital) Linotype operator, the last of a centuries’ old tradition of dedicated typesetters. His company, Smart Set, has provided pre-press, print production, design, scanning, and digital printing services for 35 years. His decades-long experience in producing film and plates informs his fascination with all things pre-press, from halftone screens to dot gain, stochastic screening to diffusion dithers, with the goal of making technical aspects serve creative goals. He has a degree in Mass Communication / Environmental Interpretation from Bemidji State University.
Laura Brown (she/her)
Laura Brown makes prints, artist’s books, installations and social practice projects. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas. She has participated in residencies at Kala Art Institute, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work appears in collections at Yale University, Library of Congress, and others. Her work has been shown widely, most recently at the Soap Factory and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She teaches at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and is an active member of Proof Public, a collective that aims to amplify marginalized voices through letterpress printing.
Savannah Bustillo (she/her)
Savannah Bustillo is a printmaker and book artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Often through language games, her work takes small, discarded objects, sounds, and movements that seem silent and insignificant and reemphasizes them. Recently this practice has turned to the visuality of sound, as Bustillo creates recordings of popularized American stories and turns them into images that the viewer must decode. She has helped teach workshops and demos in printmaking and book arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Women’s Studio Workshop.
Parry Cadwallader (he/him) is a marbler and bookbinder based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
María Carolina Ceballos (she/her), a Colombian book artist with an interdisciplinary focus, has exhibited work in Colombia, the US, and Japan. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts and a Minor in Photography from the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano. She recently graduated from the MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa, where she worked as a book conservation technician and digital book design instructor. She combines book arts with multilingual writing, music notation, and performance. Singing Colombian folk music and sacred choral music leads her creative research on the convergences between music and book arts.
Rachel E. Church (she/her) is an intermedial artist, book artist, and printmaker working and teaching in Maine. She has a BA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking and Entrepreneurial Studies, a BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Book Arts, and an MFA in Intermedia. She is pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Maine investigating the intersection of cookbooks as historical documentation of domesticity and gender, and cookbooks as art objects. A member of Running with Scissors Studios in Portland, Maine, she also enjoys traveling, cooking, camping, hiking, and sewing.
Elaine G. Chu (she/her)
Elaine Chu has taught students of all ages in person and online. Her work has been featured in Greencraft and Somerset Studio magazines as well as 1,000 Artists’ Books. She co-authored Wood Paper Scissors, a how-to crafts book. Elaine received a BA in music at Yale University and a BFA in graphic design at University of the Arts. View more art at EGChuHandcrafted.etsy.com and on Instagram: @egchu1.
Hellen Colman (she/her) is a Chicago-based printmaker and photographer primarily working on artists’ books. She makes work that spans several media, striving to construct alternative languages to express the sentiment. She is also a mathematician. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, she received her PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Hellen also holds a Certificate in Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she also received her printmaking and photography training. She is a Professor at the City Colleges of Chicago and a member of the Board of Directors of Spudnik Press Cooperative.
Béatrice Coron (she/her)
Béatrice Coron was born in France and has lived in Egypt, Mexico, and China before moving to New York. An urban dweller for the last twenty years, Coron launched her career as an artist in New York. She cut stories in diverse materials to create artist’s books and public art. Her work is major collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, along with public art in subways and airports, among others. To catch all in one place, visit her website or watch her TED talk.
Maureen Cummins is a graduate of Cooper Union. She has cranked presses from California to the Arctic and produced over forty limited edition artist’s books. Known for her work around issues of social justice, she has created projects inspired by slave narratives, the Salem Witch trials, turn-of-the-century gay love letters, and patient records from the oldest mental hospital in America. As part of a project at Swarthmore College, she told the stories of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Cummins is represented in over 100 permanent public collections and has received many grants and awards, including the Pollock-Krasner award.
Rich Dana (he/him) is an artist, zine-maker, and founder of Obsolete Press. He is an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, and is the author of “Cheap Copies!: The Obsolete Press Guide to DIY Mimeography, Hectography and Spirit Duplication.”
Claudia Danielson (she/her) is a photographer and printmaker whose artistic practice remains dedicated to analog methods with a special interest in historical processes. Claudia is a teaching assistant at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has received grants through the Minnesota State Arts Board as well as the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship. Claudia’s recent projects explore themes of conservation and stewardship as she seeks quiet dramas within and at the edges of the landscape to illuminate the cost of human sovereignty as it relates to our delicate biosphere.
Amanda D’Amico (she/her)
Amanda D’Amico is a book artist working under the imprint Tiny Revolutionary Press. She is the Master Printer at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, and teaches at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She serves on the boards of the College Book Art Association, the Philadelphia Center for the Book, and The Soapbox: Community Print Shop and Zine Library. She is an artist member of the Impractical Laborers in Service of the Speculative Arts. Her artist’s books have been collected and exhibited nationally.
Ben Etten (he/him) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (MA in Art) where he fell in love with printmaking because it offers something for everyone: a lot of creative flexibility, but also room to dive into really technical processes if you are so inclined. Whether the images are bold and simple or highly detailed and complex, Ben believes that everyone has something valid to say visually, and he wants to help people realize their artistic vision. In whatever free time he has, Ben is also the artist behind Minneapolis-based Pessimistic Press.
Ellen L. Ferrari (she/her)
Ellen L. Ferrari (BA Carleton College) is a former Youth Programs Coordinator for MCBA and Family Programs Coordinator at the Minnesota Historical Society. She currently runs Art with Ellen—an art school for children 12 months to kindergarten—and teaches preschool and family classes at MCBA and other local art centers.
Heather RJ Fletcher (she/her)
Heather RJ Fletcher is an author, designer, and illustrator who has a love for decorative papers and book covers! She has taught marbling at MCBA and all over the country.
Erika Finne (she/her) is a teaching artist in Minneapolis. She creates comics, zines, and has started to love wool felting. She loves to meet others and foster a safe and creative space for all abilities and experiences.
Emma Freeman (she/her)
Emma Freeman (she/her) is a queer mixed media artist based in Wisconsin. She works with textiles, slow stitching, poetry, collage and other mediums to explore transformation, healing, mystery, and a deeper connection to the earth. She has been a teaching artist for almost a decade and has taught in museums, art centers, libraries and for various organizations.
Carly Frei (she/her)
Carly Frei created her business, Fiction Reshaped, by turning old books into works of art from her studio in St. Paul, MN. Carly has always been conscious of her environmental impact, and this is one of the reasons she wanted to reuse vintage books. She started collecting beautiful old books that would otherwise be thrown away and extending their lives to give them new purpose. Book art adds warm touches to your home decor and makes great gifts for family and friends. She creates folded book art, flower bouquets, magnets, greeting cards, and literary prints using recycled book pages.
Madeline Garcia (she/her)
Madeline Garcia is an artist and educator whose approach to art-making sits between conceptualism and craft. She is inspired by small details, everyday objects, and happenstance moments, many of which come from her time teaching and caring for children. She has a degree from Carleton College in Art and Education and grew up getting her sandwiches stolen by seagulls in San Diego, California.
grace (ge) gilbert (they/them fem gem) is a poet, essayist, and collage worker based in Pittsburgh, PA, they received their MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2022. they are the author of the closeted diaries, an essay chapbook from Porkbelly Press (September 2022), and NOTIFICATIONS IN THE DARK, a poetry chapbook forthcoming from Antenna Books (Spring 2023). their work can be found in the Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, the Offing, the Adroit Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Passages North, Diode, TYPO, ANMLY, and elsewhere.
Suzanne Glémot (she/her)
Suzanne Glémot is an artist and bookbinder working in Washington, DC. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she studied letterpress printing and bookbinding. Suzanne is originally from France, and her work explores memory as it relates to place and language. Her works are held in several private and public collections around the country.
Anna Haglin (she/her)
Anna Haglin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Moorhead, Minnesota. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts and earned her MA and MFA in printmaking at the University of Iowa. She completed a two-year apprenticeship in bookbinding at Arion Press in San Francisco and a studio assistantship at the Women’s Studio Workshop. She was awarded a residency at MCBA in 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has taught courses in foil imaging, foraging/herbarium-making, and papermaking with invasive plants.
Karen Hanmer (she/her)
Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science, and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer’s work is included in collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University and Graceland. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills.
Skyler Hawkins (he/him)
Skyler Hawkins is a book artist and farmer based in the Twin Cities. His work in book arts focuses on functional, traditional book designs using both adhesive and non-adhesive techniques. His interest in bookbinding was sparked during a yearlong internship at North House Folk School. Since then he’s been studying, producing custom books, and teaching across the state of Minnesota. In warmer months he can be found growing vegetables in the heart of the Twin Cities, testing out his book designs and putting them to good use while taking notes on the many crops he cares for.
Laurel Jedamus (she/her)
Laurel Jedamus loves teaching, especially book arts! She has taught book arts workshops in the Twin Cities since 2014, most recently at MCBA in March 2020. Her day job includes doing book repair and making custom enclosures at the U of M Libraries. She earned her Core Certificate in Book Arts from MCBA in 2014, and volunteered there as the binding studio monitor in 2016/17.
India Johnson (she/her) is an artist who makes books and non-books (What’s a non-book? Perhaps a book-adjacent sculpture, installation, or participatory project.) India has designed site-specific pieces for churches and libraries throughout the Midwest. Her writing about books has been published by Image, on the Book Art Theory Blog, and included in SONNET(S) (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020).
James Kleiner (he/him)
James Kleiner received a BFA in Print Paper Book in 2011 from MCAD. Kleiner was a Journeyman at Cave Paper from 2012 to 2020, making production and custom handmade paper, dyeing and pigmenting paper, and restoring equipment. He received a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) in 2015 to travel, research, and construct double-face laid moulds and deckles for hand papermaking. In 2019 Kleiner and Anna Haglin received a grant from Springboard for the Arts for The Paper Plains Project, a mobile papermaking tool to connect communities across Minnesota with interactive experiences in papermaking and native prairie planting.
Monica Edwards Larson (she/her)
Monica Edwards Larson is the proprietress of Sister Black Press, a private letterpress and book arts studio, established in 2000 in Minneapolis, MN. She received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Arizona State University and has taught printmaking, graphic design, and book arts to students of all ages. She also operates Sister Black (Bike) Press, a mobile printing press that she pedals around the Twin Cities’ bike trails and streets, stopping to print at events in local parks, bike shops, bookstores, and libraries.
Michelle Lee Lagerroos (she/her)
Michelle Lee Lagerroos has been teaching printmaking workshops to adults at MCBA and MCAD since 2012. She has a background in publishing, works as a wrangler of two young children by day and a book designer/screen printer/printmaking instructor by night, and is the screen printer behind Angry Peanut Press. While her work has been shown locally at places such as the State Fair Fine Arts show, Altered Esthetics, and MCBA, she also loves simply making screen prints and giving them to people.
Mary Leikvold (she/her)
Mary Leikvold teaches printmaking and book arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Mary is active in the arts community in the Twin Cities and the state. She has been involved in organizing, jurying, and curating exhibitions at MCBA, MCAD, and the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. She has worked with community groups facilitating workshops and retreats centered around drawing, painting and writing. Mary has a BFA from the University of Minnesota.
Catherine Liu (she/her)
Catherine Liu is an artist who uses book forms, printing, and handmade paper to explore invisibility, escapism, and secret identities. She creates dynamic colors and imagery through the manipulation of natural dyes with mordants and resists. Catherine received a Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2019. To further her knowledge in natural dyes she received multiple University of Iowa Graduate Fellowships, a Stanley Award for International Research, and a Fulbright research grant to study dyeing, printing, and papermaking practices in China and Japan.
Pamela MacKellar (she/her) is a book and paper artist living in New Mexico. She grew up in Massachusetts and earned a BFA in Ceramics from the State University of New York at New Paltz. After earning a Master of Library Science, Pam worked as a librarian, consultant, author, website builder, trainer, and graphic artist while continuing her art practice. She studied book arts and printmaking at the University of New Mexico and several community colleges. Pam has taught book arts at the University of New Mexico and elsewhere, and her artwork has been exhibited throughout the US.
Erin Maurelli (she/her)
Erin Maurelli is a Twin Cities-based educator and artist. Printmaking, letterpress, and book arts are central to her personal work. She received a Master Printer Certificate from Tamarind Institute for Lithography in 2002. Maurelli received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa, with an additional Book Arts Certificate from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book. Maurelli is a great technician, and aims to help students improve their technique as well as explore their creativity.
Bill Myers (he/him) has been involved with MCBA ever since he took his first wood engraving course in 1991. He is now an engraver and letterpress printer, and especially enjoys working with wood type. A former mechanic, he repairs and restores printing presses, and was the lead restorer for the Hoe Washington Style hand press at MCBA. He was a 1997 Jerome Book Arts Fellow. He served on the MCBA Board, and was Chair during the creation of Open Book. In 2012 he retired from a career as Professor of Philosophy at St. Catherine University to devote more time to printing.
Kirsten Olson (she/her)
Kirsten Olson has been teaching screen printing and book arts workshops to adults and kids at MCBA and other venues around the Twin Cities since 2012. Kirsten has a background in publishing and is the screen printer behind Pizza Squirrel Studio, a space where she collaborates with kids to create wearable and shareable art. Her studio is named after a neighborhood squirrel who loves to spend his days munching pizza slices in her yard. Cheers to you, little guy!
Bridget O’Malley (she/her)
Bridget O’Malley is a master papermaker. She worked from 1994–2017 as designer and production manager at Cave Paper Inc., a handmade paper mill specializing in natural-dyed flax papers. In addition to teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, O’Malley offers book, paper, and print workshops around the country. She studied papermaking with Timothy Barrett at the University of Iowa Center for the Book’s research and production paper facilities. While there, she completed a five-year papermaking apprenticeship. Her artwork focuses on forms found in nature, bringing those to life through the interplay of print, paper, and sculpture.
Radha Pandey (she/her)
Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She practices European, Eastern and Indo-Islamic Papermaking techniques and teaches book arts classes in India, Europe and the US. Her book Anatomia Botanica won the MICA Book Award in 2014, and received an Honorable Mention at the 15th Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. In 2018, her book Deep Time won the Joshua Heller Memorial Award. Her artist’s books are held in over 40 collections internationally, including the Library of Congress and Yale University.
Yuka Petz (she/her)
Yuka Petz straddles multiple disciplines, including book arts, graphic design, and 3D paper works. She received an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught numerous adult and youth workshops and is a guest host for the Artist’s Books Unshelved video series. Yuka recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest from New Orleans, where she co-founded SIFT and The Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine. Her work has been exhibited internationally and across the US, and her artist’s books are in several special collections.
Molly Poganski (she/her)
Molly Poganski is a letterpress printer and graphic designer originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University and has thirteen years of printing and design experience. She works as MCBA’s Studio Technician and also as a letterpress printer at Bench Pressed. Molly also volunteers with Proof Public, an organization working to amplify marginalized voices through print, and runs Dandy Horse Press, a hobby print shop, from her basement in South Minneapolis.
Sally Power (she/her)
Sally Power has been drawn to marbling as an art form since she first saw it done some 20 years ago. It is a magical, contemplative process that ends in beautiful patterns and abstractions. While marbling is known as a book art, it can also be used to create fine art. Her work is exploring that process. She has taught marbling at MCBA since 2013.
Bethany C. Rahn (she/they) is an artist, designer, and educator from Madison, Wisconsin. Her interdisciplinary studio practice integrates letterpress, printmaking, fibers, photography, digital fabrication, and sculptural techniques. Rahn received her MFA from Indiana University in graphic design. She was first introduced to letterpress in 2009 which led her to begin volunteering at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. In 2012, Rahn interned at Hatch Show Print and was hired on as a letterpress printer and designer from 2013–2014. Rahn teaches in St. Paul, MN, as an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at St. Catherine University.
Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder (she/her) (Coyote Bones Press)
Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is a book artist in San Antonio. She teaches book art workshops at various institutions, and is the creator of Books in the Wild Podcast. Keri holds an MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing from Mills College, and was a former studio assistant at Flying Fish Press and an edition bookbinder at BookLab II. She was the Book Art Teaching Fellow in 2016, and 2019–2020 Salzberg Artist in Residence at Jaffe Center for Book Arts.
Lynn Salmon-Easter is a Reiki practitioner and artist living and working in Minneapolis. She finds deep purpose in guiding individuals home to their bodies and hearts through energy work and art practices. Lynn continues to witness the practice of slow stitching as a magical way to awaken mindfulness and awareness. She vows to bring this experience to life for others through her art and classes.
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen (she/her)
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is an artist who creates handmade paper garments and small editions of hand-bound books. Her current work explores issues of identity and family stories. Rasmussen is a recipient of the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award and various grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Other professional highlights include a papermaking residency in Vienna, Austria, a solo exhibition in Mexico City, Mexico, and bookbinding residencies in Venice, Italy. Her work has been featured in such magazines as American Craft and Hand Papermaking. Rasmussen teaches studio arts as a full professor at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Rosae M. Reeder (she/her)
Rosae M. Reeder is a book artist/printmaker and teacher of many things book arts and printmaking. She lives, teaches, and constantly makes things in Philadelphia, PA. She received her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work combines various alternative photographic processes, digital collage, traditional printmaking media such as letterpress, lithography, and monotype, along with book structure. The imagery and content of her work is that of reference and reflection: a moment remembered, a time almost forgotten, a thought process evolved. Her work has been exhibited in many centers for the book and multiple galleries across the country and internationally.
Kerri Sandve (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from St. Paul, MN working under the imprint Carbon Copy Co. Press. She creates artist’s books, zines, screen prints, sculptural paper works, and collages. Her work centers on memory, personal archive, and human-landscape relationships. These often highlight connections to the land and to each other, loss, and the non-linearity of time. Her work resides in multiple collections across the US, including the Walker Art Center and the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL. Sandve holds a BFA in Print, Paper, Book Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Anika Schneider (she/her)
Anika Schneider is a narrative figure painter and printmaker who draws on lived experiences, memory, and family photography. Anika received her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For her undergraduate studies, she received a Bachelors of Science with a double major in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Anika’s work has been exhibited nationally at galleries such as Soo Visual Arts Center, Rosalux Gallery, Circle Gallery, Visarts, Dumbarton Concert Gallery, Gallery B St. Paul, and Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Anika currently lives and works in Minneapolis where she enjoys giving a home to second hand furniture and hiking with her dog Wolly.
Shawn Sheehy (he/him)
Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level for 20 years, including stops at MCBA, Center for Book Arts, Penland, Arrowmont, FOBA, Pyramid Atlantic, San Francisco Center for the Book, and PBI. His broadsides and artist’s book editions have been collected by Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. He has created two trade pop-up books: Welcome to the Neighborhood (2015) and Beyond the Sixth Extinction (2018). Both were published by Candlewick Press and won numerous awards. He holds a Book Arts MFA from Columbia College Chicago.
Ellen Sheffield (she/her) is a visual artist, poet, and teacher based in Gambier, Ohio and the California Bay Area. Her works on paper and artist’s books play with image and text intersections to create unexpected readings. Collaborations with poets, found text, and visual scores are some of the ways she engages with themes of place, memory, and language perception. The Beinecke Library at Yale University, the Ella Strong Denison Library at Scripps College, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and many others have collected her artist’s books. She recently finished 14 years of teaching Book Arts at Kenyon College.
Kathleen Sheridan (she/her) is a former Spanish teacher who turned her passion (since fourth grade!) into a business. Kathleen teaches all types of origami: animals, boxes, useful items, and modulars to beginner and advanced origami students. She actively learns the latest models by attending national and international origami conventions. Kathleen is the host of Origami Connect, a program that provides live, monthly, online origami sessions. She serves on the Board of Directors for OrigamiUSA.
Brad Thomas (aka Thomas Gleaner)
Brad Thomas has more than 25 years of experience as a professional artist, curator, and administrator. His commissioned works have been featured at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Craft Museum of Finland. His works are held in numerous private and public collections including the Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is currently pursuing his MFA degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) where he was awarded the Trustees’ and Merit Scholarships for ongoing research.
Azania Tripp (she/her) began facilitating mindful community jewelry-making workshops in 2019 with the support of an Individual Arts Grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board. In 2021, she received the Spark Leadership Grant from the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, which is geared toward BIPOC communities in rural and urban Minnesota. Azania has provided workshops for NAPAWF (National Asian Pacific American Women’s Form) St. Cloud Chapter, Higher Ground Church for Christ in St. Cloud, Walrus Art Gallery Minnesota, and virtually. As an artist with a social work background, she provides a high engagement experience for workshop participants.
Jill Weese (she/her)
Jill Weese, M.Ed., is a book artist and educator. Jill has a special interest in bringing book arts to new audiences. She has been teaching book arts to children and adults at MCBA as well as schools, libraries, and art centers across the state of Minnesota for over 20 years. Retired after 10 years as MCBA’s Director of Youth and Community Programming, Jill continues to teach, make books, and work in The Shop at MCBA as a Visitor Services and Shop Associate. Jill is a licensed teacher and holds MCBA’s Core and Advanced Book Arts Certificates.
Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, often on themes of weather, science, history, and rural life. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Germany and is in many collections, public and private. She has been awarded a creative research fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Stephanie’s years as a book conservator provided her with knowledge in the history, construction, and repair of a wide range of materials. She enjoys teaching to share her knowledge of bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. @stephaniewolffstudio
Jason Yoh (he/him)
Jason is a Minnetonka-based artist and printer with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Since 2005, he has worked in numerous letterpress studios in New York and Minnesota and has been involved at MCBA since 2013.