2018 At WNYBAC: The Year in Review

WNYBAC is wishing you all a very happy New Year! As we all look back and reflect on the past 12 months, we hope you have as many happy memories as we do.

2018 was a big year for the Book Arts Center! In addition to all of our usual programming, we also had quite a few new opportunities. We hosted Lincoln Education Center for two teaching artist seminars, received a grant to hire two apprentices to train within our organization, and brought Vandercook expert Paul Moxon to Buffalo to tune-up our machines and teach our staff some basic Vandercook maintenance. We even held a wedding here this year!

                          

All of these special programs upheld our mission to promote greater understanding of printing and book related arts through education, creation and exhibition for a broad diverse community. Of course we also focused on all the programming WNYBAC is best known for. Over the course of the year we held more than 50 workshops in our downtown space. In addition to our ever-popular letterpress, screen printing and bookbinding workshops, we rolled out a couple of new workshops, including a feather printing workshop and a beginner’s calligraphy workshop, both of which were met with high interest and participation.

    

We collaborated with area art supplies stores to offer programming to a wider audience in Western New York, and continued the Printing Partners program which brings free book arts workshops to kids through venues including the Erie County Public Library and Locust Street Art.

Some of our workshops occurred in conjunction with our gallery shows. This year we exhibited nine different shows in our gallery, by individual artists, artist collaborations and groups. One exhibition that stands out in particular is Fast Cheap & Easy, an exhibition of the copy art revolution which we hosted with the CEPA gallery. We’re looking forward to our first exhibition of 2019, Combination of the Two, by Ginny O’Brien and Michael Basinski.

We’re also looking forward to continuing our four annual events. This past year, in 2018, we ate our words at our 10th Edible Book Festival, put on our 7th Buffalo BookFest, a celebration of all things printing and book arts related; we got a little type-sy at our 4th Liquor & Letterpress Fundraiser, and closed out the year with the 11th Last Minute Panic Holiday Marketplace. These events drew members of our community of all ages to celebrate arts in Buffalo!

    

 

While our annual events are certainly high profile, a lot happened behind the scenes from day to day this year too. We started a blog to keep our members and supporters up to date on the the goings on here at WNYBAC. We made posts that were member interviews for our annual membership drive, and we also made some for fun, like the recent “history of a typeface” post.

               

We focused on our social media profiles in order to best stay in contact with the people we serve. We designed new merchandise in our studio, including t-shirts, pouches, cards and prints. We filmed quirky promotional videos, and generally focused on bringing the arts to as many people as possible through our organization.

All of this is thanks to donations from people just like you! We’re currently in the midst of our annual giving campaign, and appreciate your contributions so much, as they help us continue our programs and outreach. We couldn’t do it without you!

We’re so excited to see what 2019 has in store. We can hardly wait to meet those who will become members, or see the printed ephemera our talented volunteers will make. We’re looking forward to working with new interns, and celebrating our events with old friends. And we’re wishing you the best for 2019. Happy New Year, from all of us here at WNYBAC!

 

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation
Baird Foundation Cameron Jane