20/20 Vision: Celebrating the Next Generation of Book Artists

Exhibition Dates :: July 30 thru October 16, 2016

Opening Reception :: July 30, 2016 :: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location :: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francisco

Exhibition Catalog :: A fully illustrated catalog of this exhibition may be purchased from here.

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates its first 20 years by looking ahead. "20/20 Vision" introduces 20 emerging book artists from around the country, representing a diverse generation that will help define, and redefine, the artist's book in decades to come.


Steve Woodall


Islam Aly’s books explore the possibilities of historical bindings in contemporary book art practice. They have appeared in international exhibitions and collections in the United States and abroad. Islam received a BA and an MA in Art Education from Helwan University, Egypt; an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book; and a Ph.D. in Art Education from the University of Iowa. He is Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Northern Iowa. www.islamaly.com

Hannah Batsel is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. Batsel has received the Albert P. Weisman award, a Caxton Club project grant, and the Lya Dym Rosenblum award for her work in the book arts. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia in 2011 and her MFA in Book, Paper, and Print Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2016. www.hannahbatsel.com

Tia Blassingame teaches at Scripps College and is the director of the Scripps College Press. Blassingame holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony.  Her artist’s books can be found in library and museum collections around the world including Library of Congress, State Library of Queensland, and Tate Britain. http://portfolios.risd.edu/primrosepress

Andre Bradley lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. Bradley is a graduate of Hampshire College (2012) and received his Master of Fine Art in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design (2015), where he received the T.C. Colley Award for Photographic Excellence. He has completed residencies and fellowships at Hampshire College, Image Text Ithaca, and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. His work is in the permanent collection of the RISD Museum of Art. www.cargocollective.com/andrebradley

Kyle Anthony Clark, a book artist and letterpress printer, is the sole proprietor of The Southern Waters Press, founded in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The works produced under the imprint of The Southern Waters Press often explore elements of place, history, culture, and the combination of all three. www.thesouthernwaterspress.com

Trevor Clement is a Syracuse, NY based visual artist, musician, and performance artist of Estonian descent. Clement is known for his contributions to musical projects such as HUNTED DOWN, LAKE FOREST, WHITE GUILT, and as being the administrator of Badlands - an all ages DIY space in Syracuse. The do-it-yourself ethic, the antisocial, violent, and anti-capitalist character of noise and hardcore-punk music all play a major role in Clement's thinking about visual art. www.trevorclement.com

Lyall F. Harris received a BA in Art History from Northwestern (Phi Beta Kappa) and was the first MFA graduate in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College. Harris’ artwork has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally and recognized with more than 20 awards, including The George Hitchcock Prize from the National Academy Museum, NY. Her book art is held in numerous major institutional collections, such as Yale and Stanford. www.lyallharris.com

Sarah Hulsey received an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2013. She also holds an AB in Linguistics from Harvard and a PhD in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work has been shown in two solo exhibitions, one in Philadelphia in 2014 and one in Cambridge, MA in 2016. She was awarded the Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists in New England in 2016. www.sarahhulsey.com

Mirabelle Jones is a visual artist, performance artist and writer from the Bay Area currently living in Los Angeles. She earned her MFA from Mills College's Book Art and Creative Writing Program. She is the founder of Art Against Assault, an organization which seeks to raise awareness and funds for sexual assault survivor resources through the production of survivor artworks. She is the editor in chief of The Book Art Blog and a docent at The International Printing Museum. www.mirabellejones.com

Woody Leslie is an artist and book maker born and raised in Northern Vermont, but currently based in Chicago, IL. Through books, writing, and performance, he takes small thoughts about language, memories, and insignificant personal ritual, and reframes them as official histories, grand theories, and significant objects. In 2008 he founded One Page Productions to print and produce his work, but since 2015 he operates under the imprint of Large Home Tiny Idea. www.woodyleslie.com

Kyoko Matsunaga is a Kyoto based artist who studied in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2010-13. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from Kyoto Seika University and has studied with bookbinder Yo Yamazaki. Her work can be found in several private and public library collections, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad. The only international artist in this exhibition, her style was greatly influenced by contemporary book art as practiced in the United States. www.kyokomatsunaga.com

Allison Leialoha Milham is a book artist, musician and proprietor of Morning Hour Studio. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2012). She currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator in the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah. Her work is held in multiple public collections including Yale University Arts Library and The Library of Congress and is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers and Booklyn. http://www.morninghourstudio.com

Candida Pagan is an interdisciplinary artist from Iowa. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and is currently based in Iowa City. She creates research and experience-based prints, artist’s books, and installations. These works often include letterpress, line drawings, and prose or labeling. She makes limited edition fine press books and ephemera as Digraph Press, and is a project conservator with the University of Iowa Libraries. www.digraphpress.com

Radha Pandey is a papermaker and letterpress printer. She earned her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied letterpress printing, bookbinding, and papermaking with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic papermaking techniques. Her artist’s books are held in 25 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University. Currently, Pandey is the lead papermaker and studio coordinator at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, OH. www.radhapandey.com

Jenna Rodriguez is currently the Victor Hammer Fellow at The Book Art Center at Wells College in Aurora, New York. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2013 with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts. During this time she had a two-year print production fellowship for the Journal of Artists Books (JAB). A Virginia native, Jenna received her BFA in printmaking and photo media from Old Dominion University in 2009. www.jenna-rodriguez.com

Matt Runkle is a writer, cartoonist, printer, and book artist. He has studied at Mills College and the University of Iowa. A member of the board of directors of the College Book Art Association, he teaches workshops in letterpress, zines, comics, collage, artist books, and other modes of writing for visual and material genres. www.matt-runkle.com

Jaime Lynn Shafer is a 2014 Corcoran College of Art + Design MA Art & the Book graduate. A native of Pennsylvania, Shafer graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a BFA in Fine Arts/Ceramics and a certification in art education.  Shafer’s work has been exhibited in the US and abroad, and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the UCLA Biomedical Library, among others. www.jaimelynnshafer.com

Leslie Smith makes drawings, prints, and books based on her interest in early modern natural philosophy and translation.  She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and a master’s degree in Library Science. Her interest in language and translation has led to collaborative work with Portuguese author Patricía Portela. She is currently working on a project that explores early modern ideas about wonder and curiosity. http://abecedariangallery.com/store/shop/leslie-smith-hortus-conclusus/

Ariel Hansen Strong is a book artist, printmaker, and designer based in San Francisco. Her interest in artists’ books began while she was studying sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA 2011).  A former ballet dancer and ceramic artist, Strong values the limitless nature of the book form, and its inherent interdisciplinary qualities. She graduated from the Mills College Book Art & Creative Writing MFA program in December 2015. www.arielhansenstrong.com

Casey Tang has exhibited in the US, Europe, and Asia. He is a recipient of the 2013 New Vision Award from He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, and the 2015 Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists.  His work has been collected by Stanford University and is in the permanent collections of the Inelcom Foundation and the He Xiangning Museum. www.caseytang.com


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The Kahle Austin Foundation

The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation