Women's Studio Workshop

Last updated
Women's Studio Workshop
Women's Studio Workshop logo.jpg
Formation1974
HeadquartersRosendale, New York
Website wsworkshop.org

Women's Studio Workshop (WSW) is a nonprofit visual arts studio and private press offering residencies and educational workshops, located in Rosendale, New York.

The workshop was founded in 1974 by Ann Kalmbach, Tatana Kellner, Anita Wetzel, and Barbara Leoff Burge as an alternative space for female artists to create new work, gain artistic experience, and develop new skills. The studio operates throughout the year with artist residencies, gallery exhibitions, artist lectures, and diverse educational programs for children and adults. In addition, they operate a Summer Art Institute which includes options to study abroad. The studio supports projects in a wide range of media types, with a focus on book arts, papermaking, and printmaking methods: screen printing, letterpress, etching, intaglio.

WSW is the largest publisher of artists' books in North America.[ citation needed ] The workshop is represented in book arts and special collections of notable libraries, such as the Library of Congress, [1] the National Museum of Women in the Arts, [2] the Dexter Library, Maryland Institute College of Art, and James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University. Editions by visiting artists published by the Women's Studio Workshop [3] have been featured in overview exhibitions and symposiums on contemporary book arts such as the Codex Book Fair and Symposium, [4] and the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair.

The Artists' Book Collection

The artists' books produced at the studio cover a range of topics from the political to the personal. The books come in a variety of forms, ranging from interactive puzzles that must be assembled to accordion folded books to books made with a variety of mixed media.

Related Research Articles

Artists book

Artists' books are works of art that utilize the form of the book. They are often published in small editions, though they are sometimes produced as one-of-a-kind objects.

The San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB) is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by Mary Austin and Kathleen Burch in San Francisco, California in the United States. The first center of its kind on the West Coast, SFCB was modeled after two similar organizations, The Center for Book Arts in New York City and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is the largest and most comprehensive independent nonprofit book arts center in the United States. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, MCBA is a nationally recognized leader in the celebration and preservation of traditional crafts, including hand papermaking, letterpress printing and hand bookbinding, as well as the use of these traditional techniques by contemporary artists in creating new artists' books and artwork.

Exhibition

An exhibition, in the most general sense, is an organized presentation and display of a selection of items. In practice, exhibitions usually occur within a cultural or educational setting such as a museum, art gallery, park, library, exhibition hall, or World's fairs. Exhibitions can include many things such as art in both major museums and smaller galleries, interpretive exhibitions, natural history museums and history museums, and also varieties such as more commercially focused exhibitions and trade fairs.

Keith A. Smith is an American artist and author. He has taught at the Visual Studies Workshop, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Illinois. He is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment of the Arts grant and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. Smith creates books as works of art, as well as instructional texts on how to make books. Permanent collections which hold works by Smith include the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Center for Creative Photography.

Richard Wagener is an American wood engraver known for his prints and fine press books. His work has been collected by over one hundred and thirty public institutions. His first livre d'artiste, Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh, was included in Artists' Books in the Modern Era, 1870–2000 at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Victoria Dailey has called Wagener the first California artist since Paul Landacre to achieve prominence in the art of wood engraving.

Irene Chan is an American visual artist and Associate Professor of Print Media and affiliated faculty in Asian Studies at University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland.

Miriam Beerman American painter and printmaker

Miriam Beerman is an American painter and printmaker.

Booklyn Artist Alliance (Booklyn) is an artist-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999 that works to promote, distribute, and archive artist books and book arts. Booklyn was founded, and continues to be governed by, artists.

Tomie Arai is an American artist and community activist who was born, raised, and is still active in New York City.

Visual Studies Workshop

Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) is a non-profit group dedicated to art education based in Rochester, New York. VSW supports makers and interpreters of images through education, publications, exhibitions, and collections. VSW runs a bookstore, exhibition gallery, and research center.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is a not-for-profit artist-centered organization to develop and promote contemporary photography, located in Woodstock, New York. It began operations in 1977 under the name Catskill Center for Photography. The center offers various programs from exhibitions and workshops to artist residencies and access to professional workspace.

Louise Odes Neaderland is an American photographer, printmaker, book artist and founder of the International Society of Copier Artists (I.S.C.A.) and the I.S.C.A. Quarterly, a collaborative mail, book art, and copy art publication. She was the organizer of ISCAGRAPHICS, a traveling exhibition of xerographic art.

Ha Bik Chuen

Ha Bik Chuen, also known as Xia Biquan was a Hong Kong painter, sculptor, photographer and craftsman. Born in Xinhui, Guangdong Province of China, he moved to Hong Kong in 1957, and began to study sculpture. He joined the Chinese Contemporary Artists' Guild in 1960. He is also a member of Hong Kong Visual Arts Society, Hong Kong Graphic Society and Hong Kong Sculptors Association.

Felicia Rice

Felicia Rice is an American book artist, typographer, letterpress printer, fine art publisher, and educator. She lectures and exhibits internationally, and her books can be found in collections from Special Collections, Cecil H. Green Library to the Whitney Museum of American Art to the Bodleian Library. Work from the Press is included in exhibitions and collections both nationally and internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants.

Susan E. King is an artist, educator and writer who is best known for her artist's books.

Tatana "Tana" Kellner is an American artist.

Katie Baldwin is an American printmaker and book artist living in Huntsville, Alabama. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia). She served as a Victor Hammer Fellow at Wells College from 2011-2013. Baldwin produced the book Treasure at Women's Studio Workshop.

K.S. (Kathy) Ernst is an American poet and artist best known for her work in visual poetry and three-dimensional object poems. While she has created over 500 physical works, she works extensively in digital art as well. Although born in St. Louis, she has spent most of her life in New Jersey, where her current studio is.

References

  1. "Library of Congress Acquires Rosendale Women's Studio Handmade Book Collection". Hudson Valley Business Journal (Print). 6 June 2013. pp. 2–4.
  2. Krystyna Wasserman; Joanna Drucker; Audrey Audrey Niffenegger. The Book as Art: Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Print). New York: Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 79–81. ISBN   9781568989921.
  3. Kathy Walkup; Grolier Club. (2010). Hand, voice & vision : artists' books from Women's Studio Workshop. Rosendale, N.Y.: Women's Studio Workshop. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. David Jury; Peter Rutledge Koch (2008). Book art object (Print). Codex Foundation. pp. 355–357, 382, 417.