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Hand, Voice & Vision


Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop features artists’ books by thirty-six artists published over thirty years by Women’s Studio Workshop. Curated by Kathleen Walkup, the exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential contemporary book artists in America.

The forty works in Hand, Voice & Vision celebrate three facets that characterize the artist’s book program at Women’s Studio Workshop: the hand-made mark of the book-maker, the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists, and the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts.

Click here to see and hear more about the exhibition in a short video featuring curator Kathleen Walkup.


Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists' Books from Women's Studio Workshop catalogue

This comprehensive, fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop, curated by Kathy Walkup, Professor of Book Arts and the Director of the Book Arts Program at Mills College. The exhibition opened at the Grolier Club in New York and is traveling to University of Southern MaineSmith CollegeVassar CollegeCarleton College and Scripps College. Additional venues T.B.A.

The catalog contains essays by artists Susan Mills, Clarissa Sligh and Emily Speed, Deirdre Lawrence, art librarian at the Brooklyn Museum, Patricia Phillips, Dean of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design, Jae Rossman, Special Collections curator at Yale, Erica Van Horn, independent artist, Tipperary, Ireland, Mary-Kay Lombino, Curator at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Susan Viguers, Director of the MFA of Arts Program at the University of the Arts, Dawn McCusker, an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at James Madison University, Ron Patkus, Head of Special Collections and Associate Professor of History at Vassar College, Sylvia Turchyn, Director of Cataloguing at Indian University in Bloomington, Steven Andersen, independent writer and artist and Kathy Walkup, the exhibition curator.

The catalog is 120 pages, fully illustrated, 11″ x 7.5″  $35, shipping included. Order online through PayPal (see sidebar), or call 845.658.9133



Since 1974, Women’s Studio Workshop has provided almost two hundred artists, both emerging and established, with studio facilities and technical expertise to produce limited edition artists’ books. Currently the publishing program at WSW adds five new artists’ books each year. The variety in form and content of the books in the exhibition demonstrates the breadth of the Workshop’s publications, reflecting an assortment of ideas, topics, and methods spanning thirty years of women responding to pressing political and cultural issues, as well as themes of a social or personal nature.


Kathleen Walkup is Professor of Book Art and director of the Book Arts Program at Mills College, where she teaches courses covering a broad range of subjects, from visible language to women in the Paris avant-garde. Walkup’s research interests include the history of women in print culture and conceptual practice in artists’ books. Her own ongoing artist’s book project is entitled Library of Discards.

Booking the Exhibition

If you are interested in bringing Hand, Voice & Vision to your gallery, university or library please contact Tana Kellner to discuss schedule and pricing.





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