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Book Arts Program

The covers of a book enclose worlds constructed of text and image. To open a book is to expose the intimate details of story, experience and idea. Part of the J. Willard Marriott Library since 1995, the Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations of the book. In our fully equipped studio, bookbinders, printers, and book artists utilize type, letterpress, photo engravings and bookbinding equipment as they combine traditional techniques with modern aesthetics and technology.

The Book Arts Program promotes involvement with the art of the book by facilitating:

  • Academic designations of Minor and Certificate in Book Arts and MFA in Creative Writing & Book Arts which are supported by classes exploring letterpress printing, bookbinding, artists' books, and typography
  • Community Programming for adults and the K-12 community of learners and educators
  • Exhibitions that celebrate and explore both the traditional and innovative arts of the book
  • Studio access for those who have completed foundation courses


New Exhibition!

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Glimpse 2016 Book Arts Instructors

November 6 - January 29
Marriott Library 
Special Collections Gallery, Level 4

This exhibition presents the range of techniques, methods, and conceptual interests of the Book Arts Program’s 2016 instructors. In 2016, the Program will offer courses in encaustics, paper decoration, letterpress printing, traditional Japanese wood cut printmaking, leather bindings, alternative printing and photography, and basic bookbinding. A National Endowment for the Arts grant supports the 2016 community workshops, some of which will be offered at no cost. 

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Studio Hours

Spring Semester

  • Monday: 12:45–9:00
  • Tuesday: 12:00-4:00 & 6:30–9:00
  • Wednesday: 12:45–9:00
  • Thursday: 12:00–4:00 & 6:30–9:00
  • Friday: 10:00–5:00
  • Saturday: 10:00–5:00
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Related Links

Rare Books

Red Butte Press

Special Collections

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