Women's Studio Workshop

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Women's Studio Workshop
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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.

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  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.