College Book Art Association Conference

January 5-7, 2012 San Francisco Bay Area

Time, Sequence & Technology:
Book Art in the 21st Century

Hosted by Mills College and a Consortium of Bay Area Educators

The 2012 conference theme of “Time, Sequence & Technology: Book Art in the 21st Century” covers a broad range of concerns in contemporary bookmaking by encompassing both the conceptual and the practical. The conference will feature a multitude of events including a members exhibition, studio demonstrations, vendors fair, round table lunch discussions, tours of Bay Area book art venues, student panel of lightning talks, portfolio review for student members, members showcase, live auction, and panel presentation sessions.

Mills College has offered innovative curriculum in book art since the early 1980's. Today Mills has one of the largest undergraduate programs in the country, as well as the only MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing in the nation. Students receive grounding in the conceptual, theoretical, historical and craft foundations of contemporary artists' bookmaking through classes that combine studio work and scholarly study. 

Message from the conference co-chairs

We cordially invite you to participate in the 3rd conference of the College Book Art Association. We are planning a lively mix of academic and social activities and will be updating the website on a regular basis. Stay tuned for the conference blog, which will keep CBAA members updated on details throughout the year.

The 2012 conference will be held in two locations: Programs on January 5th will take place on the beautiful campus of Mills College in the heart of Oakland, CA. The second full day of the conference will take place at the official conference hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville, California. In addition, the juried members exhibition will be held in the beautiful skylight gallery of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library.

We hope to see you in the Bay Area in January of 2012!

Julie Chen & Macy Chadwick
Conference co-chairs


Keynote Address by Buzz Spector
Buzz Spector has been making artists’ books since the seventies and is a major figure and theoretician in the contemporary fine art and book art fields. Spector's work makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. Currently Dean of of the College and Graduate School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, he continues to have an active creative practice. A dynamic and entertaining speaker, Buzz will talk about the artist’s library as the studio of the future.

Banquet Speaker - Brewster Kahle

Brewster Kahle is a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, activist, and digital librarian. Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance, a group of organizations committed to making a permanent, publicly accessible archive of digitized texts. Kahle is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the European Archive, the Television Archive, and the Internet Archive. He is a member of the advisory board of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress, and is a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure. In 2010 he was given an honorary doctorate in computer science from Simmons College, where he studied library science in the 1980s.

Kahle and his wife, Mary Austin, created the Kahle/Austin Foundation, a trust that supports the Internet Archive and other non-profit organizations. The Foundation is a good-hearted donator of the Free Software Foundation for the GNU project. 

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