CBAA Invites you to the Book Arts Series presentation on Saturday, March 18!

Title: A Continental Taxonomy
Date: Saturday, March 18 at 1PM EST
Presenters: David Charles Chioffi and Cynthia Nourse Thompson
Moderator: Anika Schneider

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David Charles Chioffi and Cynthia Nourse Thompson were invited to serve as research scholars and printers in residence at the Bodleian Bibliographical Press at Oxford University in the UK during the summer of 2022. Their investigation focused on the nature and context of typography, pattern, and ornament within the devotional texts, medieval manuscripts, and bindings of the Weston Library. They sought to expand their knowledge of decorative techniques and typographic matrices utilized throughout early Christianity to initiate a relationship that is specific to the holdings of the library, and progressively chart its influences through a realized artist book edition and bespoke digital typeface (to be printed in association with the type collection of the Bodleian Bibliographical press). Oxford and the Bodleian Library proved to be a perfect companion to their collaborative work, providing rich iconic imagery from which to draw dualities upon. Exposure to the religious heritage of Oxford and that of Catholicism, constructs a unique association and counter premise by extending the conceptual narrative within their developing artistic inflections: Thompson as a woman raised as an evangelical Christian in the deeply oppressive religious South, and Chioffi’s convictions in Catholic traditionalism. Chioffi and Thompson will discuss how the opportunity to conduct research utilizing works in the special collections both at the Weston Library as well as other institutions such as Pitt Rivers Museum, St. Bride Printing Library, Oxford University Press, and the V&A  influenced the trajectory of their project to produce an editioned work utilizing the press and the type collection. They will discuss how their time at the University provided opportunity for this educational period of study in both research and practice and then most recently in artistic production as as artists in residence at Penland where  they completed a taxonomy of images and text for the artist book utilizing hand papermaking techniques.

David Charles Chioffi, 

David Charles Chioffi is a Professor of Graphic Design within the School of Art of the J. William Fulbright College of  Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Previously he was an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Design, and Chair of the Division of Design Arts, at Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. A native New Englander, he completed his undergraduate degree at The Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York; and received his graduate degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. In addition to his traditional and experimental design practice, he is also the co-founder of the modality project {dot} design. Professor Chioffi’s prior posts include Executive Vice-President of Design and Communications at The Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research in Branford, Connecticut; and Associate Director of Packaging Design and Visual Identities, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation in New York City. 

Cynthia Nourse Thompson, 

Cynthia Nourse Thompson is currently Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University. Prior to this position, for six years she was Associate Professor and Director of the graduate program in Book Arts &  Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has also served as Associate Professor and Curator of Exhibitions at University of Arkansas; twelve years as Professor of Book, Print and Paper Arts and Chair of Fine Arts at Memphis College of Art; and additionally worked at Dieu Donn√© Papermill, Harlan & Weaver Intaglio and Rutgers Center for Innovative  Print and Paper. Thompson has been awarded numerous residencies including Yaddo, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop, the Visual Studies Workshop, Minnesota Center for  Book Arts, and a Maker-Creator Fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. 

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Dear CBAA,

I woke up this morning feeling troubled about the news of another mass shooting in Monterrey Park, California. It has only been 24 days in the year 2023, and there have already been 39 mass shootings in the US.

When I watched the video of George Floyd's murder, I saw my father, husband, brothers, and cousins in his face. I also saw my grandparents in the faces of the victims at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo. I saw my children in the faces of the victims at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. I saw my friends in the faces of the victims at Club Q in Colorado Springs. And I saw my aunt and cousins in the faces of the victims at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterrey Park where people were celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Writing and posting a statement of solidarity for the victims and the families affected by the tragedies that keep happening is not enough anymore. We need to put our words into action and galvanize a movement together. We can take inspiration from the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. From December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956, a community of African Americans demonstrated the power of mobilization, patience, and perseverance. We are creative people and can use our creativity as our superpower in a movement toward change. It must happen now, and it will take all of us working together.

I am starting the RISE UP Task Force today to put our words into action. We will have monthly meetings to mobilize our communities and share our voices by using our creativity. We will post and share what we make using the hashtag #riseupCBAA. Let’s do this together in unity.

Join now.

Sarah Matthews
President of CBAA

CBAA Change of Date for Conferences/Meetings/Symposiums

“To enjoy warmer weather together and avoid scheduling conflicts amongst organizations, CBAA will convene all future symposia, meetings and conferences in early June. We hope this change from our traditional gatherings in early January will make travel easier and the holiday season longer for our members. Please reach out to with any questions about the change.”

Save the Dates:

June 2–3, 2023: Virtual Symposium “Lessons from Lockdown: Rethinking Book Art Education” 

June 7–8, 2024: In-Person Meeting & Members Exhibition at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida 

June 2025: In-Person Conference at University of Wisconsin, Madison 

2023 CBAA Virtual Symposium: June 2–3

Lessons from Lockdown: Rethinking Book Art Education

The 2023 CBAA virtual symposium encourages members to share experiences and resources from their online adaptations to book art education over the past few years. The pandemic forced radical rethinking about curriculum, participant engagement and methods of delivery. This led to rapid developments in the way book art is taught, learned, and experienced.

Call for Proposals

Symposium Schedule

Keynote Speakers

CBAA Name Update


We are pleased to announce that the College Book Art Association will be renamed CBAA. CBAA’s brand identity and website will be updated shortly to reflect this name change. We will continue to support Book Art initiatives in academia while expanding our support to all book artists. This change will allow us to be more inclusive and fully represent the community we serve. 

We hope you have been enjoying the Book Art Lecture Series that started via Zoom in September 2022. Our next presentation will be on Saturday, December 10 th at 1 PM EST with Hinda Mandell. Registration Link: Stay tuned for additional programming in the new year to keep your book art passion going strong.

Thank you for supporting CBAA and Happy Holidays!


Sarah Matthews


President of CBAA


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