Summer Institute | Wells College Book Art Center | July 9-22, 2023

  • 15 Apr 2023
  • (EDT)
  • 23 Jul 2023
  • (EDT)
  • Aurora, NY

The Wells College Book Art Center is pleased to announce Summer Institute 2023! Join us for our annual program offering week-long intensive courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, artists’ books, papermaking, chapbooks, and printmaking taught by some of today’s foremost book artists.  

QUESTIONS: Contact Robert LoMascolo, Summer Institute Coordinator. Email is the best way, or leave a message at 315-364-2961 and your call will be returned. 

WEEK 1: JULY 9 - 15 

TOM BALBO: Western Papermaking 

JULIA FERRARI: Letterpress Word Play 

SCOTT McCARNEY: Creative Elemental Bookbinding 

ERIN MILLER: Photolithography: Pattern & Texture 

LAURA ROWLEY: Writers’ Chapbook Intensive: Design / Print / Bind 

WEEK 2: JULY 16 - 22 

TIMOTHY FRERICHS: Eastern Papermaking 

LEAH MACKIN: Off-the-press Print Lab 

ED RAYHER: Tactile Letterpress Journeys 

SONJA ROSSOW: (Flat)Back to Basics of Bookbinding 

EMILY SHEFFER: The Contemporary Handmade Artist Book 


LOCATION: All classes will be held on the picturesque campus of Wells College, 170 Main Street, Aurora, New York 13026. Wells College is located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The area is well known for its natural beauty, lakes, waterfalls, charming small villages, farms and wineries. The Wells College Book Arts Center is located in Morgan Hall, and houses one of the finest teaching collections of book arts equipment in the country. 

SCHEDULE: Participants staying on campus should plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. Dinner for those who have purchased all meals will be at 6:30pm. Those not staying on campus should plan to arrive Monday morning in time for class. Classes run Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 or 5:00 pm. Departure is the following Saturday morning by 10 am. Participants will receive an introduction letter from their instructor before the course begins giving instructions. 

TUITION AND FEESTuition for one week is $1100 and includes course materials. Participants may register for one class only per week. Please consult the sections below on accommodations, meals, and airport shuttles. 

SCHOLARSHIPS: We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to participants, with preference being given to current and recent Wells students. Applicants should send a letter of interest and two letters of support to Robert LoMascolo, Summer Institute Coordinator by April 30th, 2023. Email or mail to Wells College Book Arts Center, Attn: Robert LoMascolo, 170 Main Street, Aurora, New York 13026. Applicants should include if they have any prior art and/or book art experiences (no experience is necessary), reason for interest in the institute and the courses they are most interested in attending. Current students should include where they are studying as well as year/class. 

INTERNSHIPS: The Institute offers several two-week internships to college and graduate participants in the book arts, with preference being given to current and recent students. Although these are non-paying internships, each intern will be able to participate in two courses while assisting instructors and other participants. Applicants should send a letter of interest which includes their prior art and/ or book art experiences, reason for interest in the internship, and at least one letter of reference to Robert LoMascolo, Summer Institute Coordinator by April 30th, 2023. Email rlomascolo@ or mail to Wells College Book Arts Center, Attn: Robert LoMascolo, 170 Main Street, Aurora, New York 13026.

ACCOMMODATIONS: On-campus dormitory accommodations are in private rooms with a shared bath at $400 for the six nights. The cost includes all linens and internet access via campus WIFI. Still, participants should consider bringing a comfortable pillow, and those who are driving may benefit from bringing an electric fan. Off-campus lodging options include The Inns of Aurora, bed and breakfasts and major hotel chains 20–40 minutes from campus. Please note that Verizon has the strongest cell phone signal on campus, and other carriers may be spotty. 

MEALSParticipants are encouraged to dine on campus to enjoy the fellowship of communal meals. Three options are available: breakfast, lunch and dinner; lunch only; or off-campus dining. We will have a vegetarian option at each meal on campus. A continental breakfast will be served Saturday morning before departure. Please email if you have any dietary concerns. All meals $350, Lunch only $150. 

COURSE SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS FEES: We are working hard to provide as much as possible without raising prices, but participants may be required to bring certain tools or supplies, pay an additional materials fee, or purchase a kit from their instructor. Instructors will provide a list of required and recommended tools and supplies. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their own supplies when stipulated. If there are any additional material fees for your course, it is listed in the description. 

AIRPORT SHUTTLEThere will be a one-time pick-up and drop-off at Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport for $60. A Wells van will pick up participants at Hancock airport at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon; the van will drop participants off at the airport by 10 am the following Saturday morning. The drive from Aurora to Hancock Airport is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes; remember to allow at least an hour to get checked in and through airport security. 

ACCESSIBILITY: We regret to say that the Book Arts Center is not currently handicapped accessible, although the dormitory is. Please contact us if you think this would prevent your participation. 

DEADLINES & DEPOSIT: We encourage early registration since our courses are limited to 8–12 participants. A $500 portion of your registration is a nonrefundable deposit and is due at registration. If you wish to pay only the deposit portion of your registration now, you must do so by registering using the mail-in registration form available at The remaining tuition and any fees are due by June 25th, 2023. If you pay on-line, you will be charged the full cost upfront.

REFUND POLICY: You may cancel your registration until June 15th and receive a refund minus the non-refundable $500 deposit. After that date, there will be no refunds. Should we need to cancel a course for any reason, you will be notified and offered another class or a full refund. We cannot be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or any other costs. 

COVID POLICYWells College reserves the right to test any or all visitors at any time, and to quarantine anyone who tests positive for covid. Please help us keep everyone safe. 

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