venice

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Venice is the fabled city of canals and piazzas on the Adriatic that looms large in the dreams of artists, writers, and millions of tourists. But Venice is also a major destination for those interested in typography, printing, and the art of making physical books. Some students from Kalamazoo went there this summer to find out more about that aspect of the city's history and they've created a new exhibition inspired by the trip.


Aaron Cooper

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center director Jeff Abshear has spent part of the past decade teaching book arts in Venice to Italian children, but this summer’s trip with was the first time he taught Americans there. Eleven students from the Frostic School of Art and Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University went with Abshear to Venice this summer to study book arts. They attended a printmaking school and studied at a letterpress museum.