Samantha Epps – Retail Manager

Samantha Epps is the Retail Manager at the Western New York Book Arts Center. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Visual Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has experience with various 2D media with a focus in Book Arts and design. Her passion for implementing the arts in the community brought her to the Book Arts Center where she volunteered for nearly a year. In her spare time, she is your local Barista and rabbit-lover.

Chris Fritton – Studio Director

Chris Fritton is the Studio Director at the Western New York Book Arts Center. He holds a BA in Philosophy (1998), a BA in Poetics (2000), and a BA in Art History (2010) from SUNY at Buffalo, as well as an MA in Poetics from the University of Maine at Orono (2005).  A poet, printer, and fine artist, Fritton has decades of experience writing and making his own books, in addition to collaborative efforts with other writers and artists.  He currently oversees the studio space at WNYBAC, works as an in-house printer/designer for Mohawk Press, and teaches letterpress and printmaking.

Khrista Tabak – Program Director

Khrista Tabak is the Program Director at the Western New York Book Arts Center. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College and a Master’s Degree in Creative Studies. She spent a year serving inner-city youth through WNY Americorps where she realized her passion for non-profit organizations. As Program Director at WNYBAC, Khrista organizes and coordinates field trips, workshops, events, and fundraising. In her free time she loves to make books, draw, paint, and travel.

Richard Kegler – Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus

Richard Kegler is the founder and lead designer at P22 type foundry. As Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus of the WNY Book Arts Center, Mr. Kegler combined an interest in traditional crafts along with an entrepreneurial background to create a self-sustaining community organization. Before his involvement in type design, Richard was a bookbinder, designer, postgraduate, artist seeking a respectable self-sustaining life as a hand-craftsman. The years of historical typographic research at P22 have influenced a profound interest in using hand techniques alongside digital capabilities. His recent documentary film on hand-made type: Making Faces has been screened around the world and has been highly acclaimed.