*indicates participation in youth education
Sheila McNellis Asato
Sheila McNellis Asato, MA, is a visual artist with extensive experience teaching and exhibiting in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Her work is deeply influenced by dreams, Japan, and the natural world. Bilingual in English and Japanese, Sheila draws upon her love of Japanese materials, drawing, watercolor, and photography to create unique handmade books that explore the healing power of creativity and dreaming. Sheila regularly leads workshops at MCBA and abroad on the relationship among art, dreams and healing.
Hannah Bennett holds a BFA in printmaking (University of Kansas) and an MFA in Design Studies (University of Wisconsin-Madison). She focused primarily on papermaking and other fiber-based art forms while studying with professor Mary Hark at UW. She has taught papermaking at the Morgan Conservatory (OH), Madison Bubbler (WI), and Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), and serves on the board of the Friends of Dard Hunter. She was recently selected to participate in Portfolio 13: In Between for Handpapermaking, Inc., and exhibits her work regularly.
Building on a thirty-year career as a teacher of wood carving, Susan Bjerke began teaching bookbinding, paper decoration, and tool-making at MCBA in 2006. Students have often commented on her clear instruction, her responsiveness to class pace, her excellent preparation, and her willingness to share “tricks of the trade.” Even a one-night class will introduce the key concepts necessary for students to move on to more complex projects. As a professional bookbinder who has designed her own letterpress books and collaborated with other artists, Sue works with students to match the content of a book with its structure and materials.
Laura Brown makes prints, artist 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 Proof Public, a collective that aims to amplify marginalized voices through letterpress printing.
Mary Bruno is letterpress printer in Saint Joseph, Minnesota, where she runs Bruno Press, a print shop started by her father, design professor Don Bruno. As you might expect, Mary’s love for printing and skill for the craft came from her father, whose memory she honors every time she carves linoleum, hand-sets wood or lead type, or prints a broadside. Mary produces an irreverent line of greeting cards that are sold nationally, and she has also been involved in organizing traveling exhibitions of letterpress.
Claudia Danielson is a photographer and printmaker residing and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a recipient of a Jerome Foundation Grant and Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. For the past three years she has acted as a teaching assistant for the print shop at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At Minnesota Center for Books arts she has taught Polymer Photogravure and co-taught Garden Monotypes with Mary Leikvold.
Sarah Evenson is a genderqueer screenprinter and zinester with an interest in adapting book arts to low-tech environments. Their work playfully combines text and images. They have previously taught at Highpoint Center For Printmaking, Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Continuing Education program, and served as an assistant at the Penland School of Crafts.
Heather RJ Fletcher
Heather RJ Fletcher has a LOVE for decorative papers! It is this love that drove her to learn how to marble. Since she began marbling seven years ago, Heather has been traveling around the world learning from some of the best in the field. She passes the best of everything she’s learned onto her participants.
Georgia A. Greeley
Georgia has been teaching at MCBA since 2002 and was an MCBA/Jerome Books Arts Fellow in 2014. She combines writing and art in almost all her creative endeavors.
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 in upstate New York. 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 (as part of a grant from Springboard for the Arts).
Artist and educator Erin Holt has been teaching with Minnesota Center for Book Arts since 2016. She received a BA from Macalester College, where she kindled a passion for paper art and printmaking, leading her to connect with the artists at MCBA. Her prints have been featured in shows and exchanges all over the world and her work has found residence in collections as distant as the National Gallery of Australia. When not teaching for MCBA, she is either creating new work in her studio or out in the world teaching for Northern Clay Center, Artistry, and MIA.
Monica Howell is a librarian, archivist, and book artist living in Minneapolis. She has taught various subjects to students ages 10 through adult at schools in the U.S. and Japan, including at the University of Minnesota. She has completed MCBA’s Core Certificate in Book Arts and is enrolled in the Advanced Certificate program. Monica’s artwork has been exhibited at MCBA, the University of Minnesota, Rosalux, and SooVAC, among other sites.
Laurel has been creating books for more than seven years. She earned a Core Certificate in Book Arts from MCBA in 2014, and is currently working on her advanced certificate. She was a studio monitor in MCBA’s bookbinding studio in 2016 and 2017. She currently works in the University of Minnesota libraries doing book repair and building custom enclosures for archival items, among other things. She has taught five book arts workshops at the Enhancing Quality Staff Symposium and a workshop at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival at the Landmark Center.
Michelle Lee Lagerroos & Kirsten Olson
Michelle and Kirsten are a screenprinting teaching team, and they both love screen printing items that kids like to wear! Their businesses began by making apparel for their own children. Angry Peanut Press found its vision when Michelle’s tiny daughter insisted on wearing a “Goridda” shirt every day. Tiring of washing that gorilla shirt, Michelle realized she had a skill that could be incredibly useful. Within a week, she printed several gorilla shirts, and getting her daughter dressed became fun and easy. Michelle and Kirsten love teaching screen printing, particularly on fabric, and delight in the work their students create.
Monica Edwards Larson
Mary Leikvold teaches printmaking at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. At MCBA, she has taught relief printing and has co-taught Garden Monotypes with Claudia Danielson. Mary is a practicing printmaker, book artist, and painter. Mary is also active in community groups where she teaches and facilitates workshops and retreats on the topics of art and writing. Her work has been shown locally and nationally and is in several private collections.
Kris MacDonald is a lifelong student of calligraphy. She continually takes classes from nationally recognized teachers, has attended nine national conferences, and is an active member of the Colleagues of Calligraphy. As a “letter nerd,” she is fascinated by the shapes of letters and all the various skills related to calligraphy. After more than two decades of demonstrating historical calligraphy at the Renaissance Festival, she is now exploring the looser, expressive direction of 21st century lettering. Kris focuses on beginner classes; she believes a trained hand and the rules of lettering provide a strong foundation to every student’s artistic journey.
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.
A printmaker and gardener, Jessie has worked and studied around the U.S. After learning letterpress and intaglio in Charlottesville, Virginia, she furthered her printmaking studies at the University of Georgia, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and Penland. Having taught printing to adults and children, she became the woodblock print instructor at the Women’s Woodshop in Minneapolis and the letterpress studio monitor at MCBA in 2018. Her goal is to make printmaking accessible to anyone of any experience and income level. She believes being creative while engaging with tradition is both life affirming and community building. Follow her @wheelbugs.
Sara R. Parr
Sarah has been playing with paper and books for more than 20 years. After retiring from healthcare and educating in that space, she has moved to sharing her interest in books with others.
Sally Power came to art later in life. Upon retirement she has focused on first becoming a professional artisan in marbling and now is moving into the larger art world. She teaches marbling at MCBA and has a studio in Northeast Minneapolis.
Karine was born into a multicultural family of environmental activists in France. After a career in education, she transitioned to literary translation. Karine explores binary ways of seeing: natural/manmade, real/fake, city/nature, dead/alive, etc. Advocating for more responsible consumption, she uses water-based inks and “scavenged” junk mail and packaging. An educator at heart, she holds “social folding” performances related to justice and the environment. Because of her background in linguistics, she sees her work as an act of language. The finished product expresses an ephemeral poetic force, and has one purpose: to help people understand, embrace, and celebrate our fragile ecosystems.
Regula has loved teaching book arts classes to community members and college students for many years. These days she focuses on artist practice, paper vessel-making, and content development of small, hand-made books and zines, mostly at MCBA. It’s always inspiring for her to see a delightful variety of projects take shape in class. The content of her own work includes responding to climate change, culture-making, family memoir, and kitchen table poetry. Her biggest “hit” so far are her free zines on Earth Care Practice with distribution numbers of over 7,300!
Wilber “Chip” Schilling
As an artist, Wilber “Chip” Schilling creates fine press books, artists’ books, broadsides, and prints—specializing in design, photography, letterpress printing, and binding. Since 1992, he has worked under the imprint of Indulgence Press. His work is collected and exhibited internationally. Schilling currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fine Press Book Association and for the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art. He has taught at the College of Visual Arts, Carleton College, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Columbia College Chicago.
Kathleen Sheridan 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 created 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.
Nicole Sara Simpkins makes prints, drawings, installations, books, and prose poems. She has shown work at The White Page, The Future, and the Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, and she has taught drawing, design, and printmaking at Macalester College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin Stout, and Indiana University. She has an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University–Bloomington and a BA in English from Macalester College.
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.
A graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Greta Treiber is getting her teaching license and Masters in Visual Arts Education with plans to teach elementary school art within the Twin Cities. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she moved to pursue her BA in Art along with studies in Spanish and Racial Justice in Urban Schooling at the University of Minnesota. As an education intern for MCBA, she worked to nurture MCBA’s relationships with local schools to best accommodate teachers and widen youth perspectives on community arts through bookmaking classes. Greta loves helping kids get messy and creative in the studios!
Jason’s first exposure to letterpress and book art was while studying printmaking at The Cleveland Institute of Art in the early 2000s. Since 2005, he has worked in numerous letterpress studios in New York and Minnesota. Jason has been involved at MCBA since 2013 first as open studio monitor and later as adult education faculty. He has taught Letterpress 1, Platen Letterpress, Correspondence Art, Advanced Typesetting, “On The Road” workshops, and Dirty Works. Recently, he has been actively setting up a home print studio and volunteering with nonprofits like Proof Public and The Minnesota Newspaper History Museum.