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Artists’ Books / Fine Art Prints

The Center for Book and Paper Arts is committed to a growing publications program. This publishing arm, Epicenter, focuses on the production of fine press books, artists’ books, paper art, artists multiples, and ephemera. Epicenter is also devoted to producing unusual trade books and printed matter in large editions suitable for mass distribution. These projects are created mostly on the premises of the Center, by faculty, students, and artists-in-residence.

Slow Read
by Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi


Slow Read is a collaborative artists' book by Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer and Columbia College Chicago’s Center For Book and Paper Arts. The book contains a conversation that was held online between the artists and the curator in which they discuss their approaches to making work, as well as their thoughts about and connections to the books they chose to include in their installations. For purchase information, click here. 

From A to Z: OUR AN (Collective Specifics) an im partial bibliography
by Johanna Drucker


A facsimile reproduction of a classic, long out-of-print artist's book from 1977. This 64-page edition was printed  in the spring of 2012 by Jenna Rodriguez and Claire Sammons, graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA in Book and Paper Arts program. They recreated this seminal work under the supervision of Journal of Artists' Books founder and editor Brad Freeman, and it was released on the occasion of the CBPA gallery exhibition DruckWorks: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker. For purchase information, click here.

AfroSurreal Manifesto: Black is the new black
by D. Scot Miller

AfroSurreal Manifesto: Black is the new black is a twenty-first century manifesto by D. Scot Miller. Limited letterpress edition of 500 copies, produced as a companion piece to the exhibition Marvelous Freedom/Vigilance of Desire, Revisited at the Arcade Gallery of Columbia College Chicago which ran from January 28 to March 15, 2013. The exhibition was curated by Alexandria Eregbu with the help of Krista Franklin, Devin Cain, and Camille Morgan.


D. Scot Miller's text was originally printed in the San Francisco Bay Guardian in May 2009. The curators responded to this text by choosing works of contemporary Chicago artists for this show which reflected the points outlined in Miller's manifesto.

The book was offset printed at Columbia College Chicago's Center for Book & Paper Arts by Clifton Meador on the Heidelberg GTO with covers letterpress printed by April Sheridan and Krista Franklin on the Heidelberg Windmill. Design by Columbia College Chicago Alum Ben Blount using elements from a mask drawn by Krista Franklin. The text is set in Baskerville and Metropolis 1920. Printed on Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite text and French Paper Speckletone Kraft cover. For purchase information click here.

The Dark Threw Patches Down Upon Me Also

by Ben Lerner


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Letterpress, 2012
Produced under the direction of Inge Bruggeman in collaboration with Don Share, Senior Editor, Poetry Magazine
Price: $50 

The Dark Threw Patches Down Upon Me Also, by Ben Lerner (author of the acclaimed novel Leaving the Atocha Station), is the latest book in the Epicenter Guest Editor series. It was designed, printed, and hand bound in spring of 2012 by InterArts Book + Paper MFA students under the direction of the program's visiting faculty member Inge Bruggeman. Continuing in the role of guest editor is Don Share, senior editor of Poetry Magazine.

The edition of 90 has text and imagery (from Brooklyn to Marfa) letterpress printed from photopolymer plates. Each copy has been individually numbered and signed by the author. MFA students involved in all aspects of the project include Jamie Weaver, Maria Virginia Rodriguez, Kate Morgan, David Jones, Elizabeth Isakson-Dado. For purchase information, click here.

Four Monologues 
by Aram Saroyan


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PRICE: $40

Based on a short theatrical piece by poet Aram Saroyan, Four Monologues is a small chapbook produced by students in Columbia College's MFA program's Advanced Printing course under the Epicenter imprint, bound in an edition of 300. Poetry Magazine Senior Editor Don Share calls the finished collaborative work "something unaccountably apt and beautiful: a handprinted, hand-sewn book consisting of four pockets, bound together, holding each piece of the work. The book makes tangible, as does Aram's piece, the poignant fact that these four writers were both brought together by writing and the printed page, and separated tragically by the events of history." For purchase information, click here.

Mundo/Mano/Corazón —La Lotería

Lithograph by Don Colley

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Hand-Colored Lithograph, 2010
Edition of 20
Price: $500
Chicago-based artist Don Colley created this limited edition print at Anchor Graphics, on the occasion of the Center of Book and Paper Arts Gallery exhibition Mundo/Mano/Corazón: Artists Interpret La Loteria. For purchase information, contact David Jones of Anchor Graphics.

Pandora's Box

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Various prints and handmade paper inside a custom designed limited-edition wood box. Please Call for pricing.

This special limited-edition box of original prints by various book and paper artists features work by Sally Alatalo, Pamela Barrie, Paul Wong, Melissa Jay Craig, Hatch Show Print, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Audrey Niffenegger, Robin Price, Kerri Sancomb, Cathie Ruggie-Saunders, Book and Paper Center's founder Marilyn Sward, and others.

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