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A Collaborative Exhibition by Trudy Stern and Michael Morgulis


Opening Reception Friday May 19th 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition on view from May 19th – June 23rd, 2017


The Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) presents Words and Pictures, a collaborative exhibition by Trudy Stern and Michael Morgulis, on view from May 19th – June 23rd, 2017. An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Friday, May 19th from 6-9 p.m. at 468 Washington St. in Buffalo. This event is free and open to the public.

Words and Pictures is a collaborative exhibition by partners Trudy Stern and Michael Morgulis. This show features seven silkscreen prints from 1983 designed by Morgulis as well as twelve new prints that combine Stern’s poetry with digital paintings designed by Morgulis. The show focuses on the progression of the artists’ collaborative words and images. Stern and Morgulis will present a Poetry Reading and Commentary at the Book Arts Center on Friday June 16th at 5pm.


Artist Statement

Michael: Over the past few years Trudy, who loves traveling as much as I don’t, would send me a postcard or letter or an email from her travels containing a poem or two. Eventually, it occurred to us that it might be possible to reprise our efforts to work together in collaboration like we did as young artists and writers nearly 40 years ago. At the time, as we both recently recalled, it was a lot of hell as well as a lot of joy. We started out by making posters and poetry broadsides for the Just Buffalo Literary Center, which is a whole other story to be written.  The joy part of working together was in the feeling that happens when one is being creative. The hell part was that, as two idealists with big egos who were also at the beginning of our life relationship, we fought like hell over every mark, every color, every font on the page.

Trudy: So, why do this again? Because now that we have spent 40 years together, we’ve learned a few things about collaboration. Working separately, the way artists and writers often do, we honed our skills.  In a time of technology that has changed from when we first started out, we have adapted and applied new methods of communication. From my nurse practitioner office at the student health office, I often email a poem or two to Michael. Sometimes it is a poem I started in Paris or Jerusalem or from a meditation retreat in the Catskills. It is usually accompanied by the header “new poem”.

Michael: I am usually at my studio or storefront gallery when I receive the missive. Sometimes I am framing a print or waiting on a customer. Intrigued, I read the poem, keep it on my desktop for as long as it takes for an image to appear on the blank page of the part of my brain that invents images and then, drawing on whatever design skills I’ve accumulated over the past 40 years, I transfer it to my computer to be turned into a print. It is our unique collaborative process. Sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn’t.


9th Annual Members’ Exhibition
On view July 14th-August 18th, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, July 14th / 6-9pm

Become a Member & submit your work to be showcased in our annual Members’ Exhibition! Details below!


Hello Members & Prospective Members!

The Ninth Annual WNYBAC Members’ Exhibition is open to current, renewing, and new members of WNYBAC. Members may submit one work each and there is no fee to enter. Work must be created by a WNYBAC member. Become a member or renew your membership online (wnybookarts.org/memberships) or in person when you drop off your work for the exhibition. If you have questions about the status of your membership, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Each year, we look forward to displaying work by our members! Members like you make the Book Arts Center possible! We love to see what our diversely talented members create, and encourage all to submit (we are especially proud of the work that comes out of our many workshops!) Please note there is no age limit to enter.

Work may have been created at any time, but recent work is encouraged. Work can be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS), and WNYBAC will retain 30% commission on work sold. Two-dimensional submissions must be ready for hanging (framed, unless to be hung by magnets) and all work must be labeled with the artist’s name, title, process/media, date and sale price (or NFS). If your piece is larger than four feet in any direction, please contact WNYBAC prior to submitting to make arrangements for installation.

Work will be displayed in the best possible manner as space allows. If the work is intended to be handled, white cotton gloves can be placed near the work. Artists be advised handling presents the risk of wear. If your work involves specific instructions, please contact WNYBAC to make arrangements.

And please, join us for the reception to celebrate your work! 


Artwork drop-off days: Tues, June 27th-Fri, July 7th from 12-6pm at WNYBAC
The Center is closed to the public Sunday-Tuesday, though staff holds office hours on Tuesdays. But,we’re flexible! Please contact rosemary@wnybookarts.org or call for alternate drop-off times! *We will be closed Tuesday, July 4th.




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 Erie County M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Evans Bank