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The Center for Book and Paper Arts staff is a diverse group of practicing artists and arts administrators who are active in the field of book and paper arts in Chicago and beyond. Below you will find a complete list of our staff members with biographies and contact information, and you may additionally be interested to learn about some of their ongoing research projects.
Since joining the Center for Book and Paper Arts staff in 2008, Steve Woodall has moved to create and implement a new strategic plan, reorganized the staff, reprioritized the Center's programs, and revisited the values of the Center's founder, Marilyn Sward. Under his leadership, CBPA has become more tightly integrated with the Book and Paper MFA program and has given research, publication, outreach, and collaboration high priorities. Woodall served as Education Director and Artistic Director for the San Francisco Center for the Book, 1996-2008, where he developed an extensive program of workshops and exhibitions.
Gina OrdazAssistant to the Director
The Center's longest-tenured staff member, Gina Ordaz oversees all administrative operations at the Center for Book and Paper Arts. A talented artist, Ordaz has won a college-wide award for staff artistic accomplishment two years running.
Brad FreemanStudio Coordinator and Founder/Editor, Journal of Artists' Books (JAB)
Internationally-known for his leadership in establishing the artist's book as a fine art medium, Brad Freeman has brought the Center for Book and Paper Arts wider recognition. A prominent book artist and editor of the Journal of Artists' Books, which he founded with Johanna Drucker in 1994, Freeman is a highly-accomplished offset printer. His duties include mentoring two print production fellows each year in studio production techniques, including operation of the Center's Heidelberg offset press. He oversees maintenance and development of the Center's world-class studios.
April SheridanStudio Technician/Special Projects Coordinator
April Sheridan performs equipment maintenance and oversees studio use by students, volunteers, and community members. As Special Projects Coordinator, she works with a wide variety of outside organizations, including the Poetry Foundation, the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, the Chicago Printers Guild, and many others, to form productive partnerships with the letterpress, literary, and artist book communities. Sheridan is an accomplished printer and poet.
The Center for Book and Paper Arts employs students from the Interdisciplinary Arts department and across the Columbia College academic community. Below is a current list of our student workers.
Leo Selvaggio (InterArts Media MFA candidate)
Print Production Fellows
Heather Buechler (InterArts Book and Paper MFA candidate)
Levi Sherman (InterArts Book and Paper MFA candidate)
Web, Recruiting, and Academic Administration Support
BJ Allen (InterArts Media MFA candidate)