Melissa Rechin – Communications & Retail Director

Melissa Rechin is the Communications & Retail Director at the Western New York Book Arts Center. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Public Relations with a concentration in Visual Arts from SUNY Fredonia. Discovering WNYBAC at an Allentown Arts Festival, she quite easily became *obsessed* and became a volunteer shortly after. Mel is very excited to continue to grow both her involvement and public awareness of the organization. Bribe her with some cheese and she’ll do just about anything.



Rosemary Williams – Program Director

Rosemary Williams is the Program Director at the Western New York Book Arts Center.  She has a BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking from the University at Buffalo.  Starting at the Book Arts Center as an intern, Rosemary quickly fell in love with the place and was delighted at the opportunity to become more involved. With an affliction of overworking herself and an affection for bubbles, she runs and teaches workshops for kids on printmaking and book arts at WNYBAC and also manages her own art practice.




Gail Nicholson – Executive Director

Gail NicholsonGail Nicholson, who formerly sat on WNYBAC’s Board of Directors, currently serves as Executive Director. A participant in the arts for more than two decades, she formerly served as director, curator, and subsequently as a board member for Buffalo’s renowned photographic artists-run space, CEPA Gallery. She received an MFA in photography from SUNY at Buffalo.




Richard Kegler – Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus

Kegler 1Richard Kegler is the founder of P22 Type Foundry in Buffalo and is currently the Director the Wells Book Arts Center in Aurora, NY. 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 help create a self-sustaining community organization. His acclaimed film, Making Faces : Metal Type in the 21st Century (2011), documents the working processes of the late Canadian printer Jim Rimmer.

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