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The unexpected passing of Raimundo Respall

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All our thoughts go out to friends and family of Raimundo Respall, shown here looking at pages from the collaborative book project we did in December 2008. Raimundo was Director of Taller Experimental de Grafica in Havana, Cuba, and was a good and long friend to the Book Arts Program on our many projects there. He passed away unexpectedly on February 27th.

Havana: the living city, a collaborative book project in Havana Cuba

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Friday December 5th, finishing the extensive collaborative book project Havana: A Living City, at Taller Experimental de Grafica in Havana, Cuba. MFA students Friedrich Kerksieck. Jessica Peterson, Dr. José Vazquez Rodríguez, Director of International Relations, San Gerónimo University, Emily Tipps, Prof. Steve Miller, Lark Griffin, and Prof. Anna Embree. See the YouTube video!

Ad Kanyalak defends his Creative Project Thesis

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Ad Kanyalak successfully defended his Creative Project Thesis, FACED, on August 29, 2008. The text speaks to the challenges of moving from Thailand to Alabama, and his letterpress-printed photographs set the mysterious tone of this work.

Sarah Bryant awarded the prestigious Victor Hammer Fellowship

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Book Arts student graduate Sarah Bryant working on a project at Wells College, Aurora, NY, in August of 2008. Sarah was awarded the prestigious Victor Hammer Fellowship there, where she will be working on her books and teaching book arts classes for the next two years. Congratulations Sarah! She defends her Creative Project Thesis this semester.

Conserving the Antiquarian Libraries of Arequipa

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Conserving the Antiquarian Libraries of Arequipa
In July 2008 in cooperation with INLIBRI, a six member team from Alabama (Professor Anna Embree and graduate student Jessica Peterson), Iowa and Texas has spent the past two weeks working with local Peruvian authorities and Helen Ryan, Librarian and Director of Catalog Processing and Alvaro Meneses, Director of INLIBRI (Institute of the Book) and Bibliographer. Together the team has demonstrated methods for effective cleaning and exhibition and methods for non-damaging relocation of collections. The team has set-up a workshop and has trained local students from the esteemed Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria to continue the project in their absence.

Anna Embree discusses handmade paper in Havana, Cuba

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Book Arts faculty member Anna Embree (2nd from left) discusses handmade paper on May 13, 2008 with the papermakers at Taller Experimental de Papel Artesanal in Havana, Cuba for the next book collaboration with Cuban artists.