BookWorks 2014

Pacific Center for the Book Arts

15th PCBA Members Show: BookWorks 2014 at San Francisco Public Library this Summer

In celebration of the extraordinary books designed, printed and assembled by book artists across the country, the Pacific Center for the Book Arts (PCBA) and the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to announce the 15th PCBA Members Show: BookWorks 2014. BookWorks will be held in the Skylight Gallery of the San Francisco Public Library, Sixth Floor, Civic Center. The exhibition runs from June 21 through September 6, 2014, with an opening reception from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on June 21, 2014.

This exhibition includes works by bookbinders, calligraphers, collagists, conservators, illustrators, inkers, letterers, librarians, papermakers, photographers, printers, sign painters, stone carvers, type designers, typographers, wine makers, writers, and zinesters, in the form of broadsides, ephemera, collage and of course, books.

Highlights of this exhibition include: Oxen.Plough.Bicycle. Photographs & Fragments from a Tuscan diary, 1956-1958, a portfolio of nine gelatin silver prints with broadside, letterpress with handset type, by Jack Werner Stauffacher, recipient of the American Institute for Graphic Arts’ AIGA Metal, the highest honor of the design profession; Navigate, Webster’s New World Dictionary and transparent tape, by Judith Selby Lang, co-owner of Electric Works Fine Art Press and Bookstore; and Quickstead, a letterpress book with hand-set type, by Emily McVarish, director of California College of Art’s design graduate program and associate professor of graphic design and writing.

Featured in this exhibition are works by PBCA members from across the country including: Carolyn Brown (Carol Brown Studio); Kathleen Burch; Katherine Case (Meridian Press); Rebecca Chamlee (Pie in the Sky Press); Neeli Cherkovski; Jonathan Clark (Artichoke Press); Norman Clayton (Classic Letterpress); Linda Dare, Jennifer Graves, Janet Kupchick, Leslie Ross Robertson and Jamie Russom (Otis Laboratory Press); Betsy Davids & James Petrillo (Rebis Press); Cathy DeForest, Susan Rouzie and Derek Pyle (Jubilation Press); Jonathan Gerken; David Lance Goines (St. Hieronymus Press); Georgianna Greenwood; Marianne Hinckle (Año Nuevo Island Press); Charles Hobson (Pacific Editions); Tom Ingalls (Missing Links Press), C.K.Itamura (Peach Farm Studio); Richard Lang (Electric Works); John McBride (Invisible City Editions); Ruth McGurk (Peripatetic Press); Emily McVarish; Howard Munson; Sunny Nguyen; Giulia Niccolai; Lisa Rappaport (Littoral Press); Felicia Rice (Moving Parts Press); Saul Rosenfield (dubo press); Luz Marina Ruiz (Lapis Lazuli Editions); Joan Schulze; Judith Selby Lang; Judith Serebrin (Serebrin Books & Prints); Richard Siebert (Richard Siebert Letterpress); Jack Stauffacher and Dennis Letbetter (Greenwood Press); Alexandra Szerlip; Wesley Tanner (Arif Press); Peter & Donna Thomas; Andie Thrams; Patricia Wakida (Wasabi Press); Dorothy A. Yule (Left Coast Press); Paul Vangelisti (Otis College of Art); and many others.

“Since 1983, I’ve been in most PCBA exhibitions; I am always astonished at the quality and freshness of the work from our members. After some 40 years of designing and making books, I am thrilled by the incredible response of our book arts community to the call for entries”, discloses Kathleen Burch, PCBA Members Show Chairperson and Co-Founder of San Francisco Center for the Book. “When people come to view the show, they’ll see everything from A to Z – bicycles and recycling, as well as dictionaries from the inside out.”

The Pacific Center for the Book Arts was formed in 1978 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area book artists, workers, and teachers to help support the new directions of their various disciplines, and to provide a vehicle and a focus for education, experimentation and communication in and among their fields. Information about PCBA can be found at

The Members Show – open to all members – has been the anchor of the PCBA since the early eighties. The San Francisco Public Library has been the customary host.

This public exhibition is sponsored by the Book Arts & Special Collections Center of the San Francisco Public Library. The exhibit is open to the public. All events at the San Francisco Public Library are free.

EVENT: 15th PCBA Members Show: BookWorks 2014

LOCATION: Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor, San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Civic Center, San Francisco, California

DATES: June 21 thru September 6, 2014

VIEWING TIMES: for viewing hours visit

OPENING RECEPTION: June 21, 2014 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


PCBA logo calligraphy by Georgianna Greenwood, circa 1978

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