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Re: [BKARTS] Book Arts in Gainesville, Florida



Florida State University in Tallahassee doesn't have a book arts program,
but a printmaking professor, Denise Bookwalter (her name causing me once
again to ponder the power of labels), recently got a grant for a press. The
Vandercook arrived in January, according to an interview Steve Miller
conducted at CBAA. She's calling it the Small Craft Advisory Press. I'm a
BFA Graphic Design student there, and hadn't heard about it until I watched
the podcast of the interview here
http://www.bookarts.ua.edu/podcast/010909bookwalter.mp3.

I think this is the blog URL for the Small Craft Advisory Press, but it
currently seems to be down:
http://smallcraftadvisorypress.art.fsu.edu/

I was hoping to get do something with it this summer, but my emails to her
have not been answered, so I can't tell you any more about it.

Regards,

Beth Lee
Tallahassee, Florida
www.callibeth.com


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Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 10:58 AM
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Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Book Arts in Gainesville, Florida

Hi Ellen,

Florida's a big state... and I don't know much about anything book  
arts related happening in Gainesville, which is quite a ways north of  
us here in Lake Worth--like a 4 hour drive north. I know someone who  
used that SP-15 you mention when she was in grad school at the  
University of Florida's art department... but she pretty much used it  
on her own and taught herself what she needed to know, using the press  
mostly for monoprints.

Academically, the only universities I know of that have book arts  
options for students are the University of Central Florida, in  
Orlando, the University of South Florida, in Tampa, and Florida  
Atlantic University in Boca Raton, all of which are sister  
institutions to UF. Ke Francis and Larry Cooper are the guys to talk  
to at UCF, but I have to admit I don't know a lot of what they're  
doing. USF has a long history of printmaking and artists' books  
through a special studio whose name I forget, but has put out some  
amazing work.

As for FAU, well that's another hat I wear besides the Convivio  
Bookworks hat. I'm the programs coordinator at FAU's Jaffe Center for  
Book Arts (and Seth Thompson, my Convivio partner, is the collections  
specialist at JCBA). We don't have an academic program yet, but we've  
got an amazing facility built around an amazing permanent collection  
of artists' books. JCBA offers many workshops each year in printing,  
binding, and other related topics, with hand papermaking on the  
horizon. An academic program is highly likely in the near future.
(www.jaffecollection.org 
)

Gainesville's a great town and the University of Florida is the  
state's granddaddy of schools... but I think for book arts in Florida,  
you have to set your sights further south geographically.

Good luck!
John

"Thank you, and write when you can."
  Convivio Bookworks
  John Cutrone & Seth Thompson, proprietors
  Inspired goods from around the globe and close to home...
  Books and broadsides, made by hand in Lake Worth, Florida.
  http://www.conviviobookworks.com


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