Aimee Lee works in paper, book, performance, and installation arts. Born in New York, she received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. As a Fulbright fellow, her post-graduate research focused on traditional Korean hand papermaking and allied crafts. As a resident artist at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio, she built the first Korean papermaking studio in North America. Under the Bionic Hearing Press imprint, her artists’ books reside in numerous collections that include the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, King St. Stephen Museum in Hungary, and Yale University Library. She has taught and lectured at the Denver Art Museum, Korean American Educational Commission, Oberlin College, Mills College, Center for Book Arts in New York City, Seattle Center for Book Arts, and the University of the Arts. She has been granted residencies by Art Farm, Flaxart Studios, Jentel, Ragdale, Saltonstall Arts Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Weir Farm Arts Center. Funders include the Caxton Club of Chicago, US Fulbright Program, Korea Fulbright Foundation, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend Program, and the Puffin Foundation.
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Since receiving a camera on her eighth birthday, Alyssa C. Salomon has been testing how photography collects and remakes her favorite parts of the world. She employs nineteenth century photographic chemistries on handmade surfaces to exploit their inherent potential for romantic abstraction and physical control. Salomon’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held by public and private collections including those of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Rocky Mount Arts Center, the Ritz Carlton Dubai, and Capital One Inc. Salomon teaches at the Virginia Museum Studio School, Penland School of Crafts, the Ah Haa School, and elsewhere. She lives and works along the Chickahominy River cypress swamp in Virginia, not far from where Pocahontas saved John Smith. Salomon is an compulsive, albeit late rising, bird watcher, a frequent kayaker, an obsessive bread baker, and the host of the socially and politically satirical, weekly radio show, Can’t Stop the Music, on WRIR 97.3FM.
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Andy Farkas is a print and book artist who has been studying and developing his craft for over twelve years. His work has been exhibited internationally and nationwide in numerous galleries and institutions, from which he has received accolades in the form of guest lectures, visiting artist workshops as well as artist residencies for the development of further projects. In addition to his work in the media of woodcut, wood engraving, drypoint, etching and book design, Farkas has also written the accompanying literature for each of his books (listed in order of production: “Saints in a House of Healing”, “The Inalienable Rights” “Four Stories”, “M. M. & I.”, “hmmm…”, “Crab”, and “River”). He is currently working on two new projects: “I heard this story from a chipmunk I once knew. It starts, ‘in the beginning—’, “His name? I can’t remember his name.” and an as yet untitled work about a mole who loses his gravity. He resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, daughter, two dogs and three cats.
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The world of books has captivated Annie Cicale since she was a child. Fascinated by writing, her first Osmiroid fountain pen led her to the world of calligraphy. After a short stint as a chemical engineer, she returned to school, receiving a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in graphic design; she now calls herself an intuitive engineer. She has taught calligraphy workshops throughout North America, Japan and Australia, and has had a number of one person exhibits, including the installation of “The Face of Humanity” at galleries in Tennessee, Montana, Illinois and North Carolina. Her artist’s books are in public and private collections, including the Beinecke Library at Yale University. She is the author of The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering, revised in 2011. She divides her time among teaching, graphic design work, and her first love—painting. When not in the studio, she can be found in a swimming pool teaching water aerobics, in her garden, or hiking, with treks in Peru and Nepal testing the patience of her knee surgeon.
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Annie Fain Liden is a full-time studio artist from Murphy, North Carolina a few miles from the John C. Campbell Folk School. In search of her destined craft she came upon book and paper arts at Penland School of Crafts in 2002. She is known to sneak fiber arts techniques, particularly hand-embroidery, into her book designs, has an extensive mini-book collection thanks to her small books edition exchange workshops, and is a great believer in the blank book as a “place” to explore personal creativity. She teaches regionally and is sole-proprietor of A. Fain Books, specializing in hand-bound, made-to-order custom journals, sketchbooks and wedding books.
For more information on her work, visit: www.afainbooks.com
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