Staff

Melissa Ellis - Retail Manager

Melissa Ellis is the Retail Manager at the Western New York Book Arts Center. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Buffalo State College and has worked with various arts organizations in Buffalo including The Burchfield Penney and The Elmwood Arts Festival. In her free time she enjoys traveling and experiencing the thriving Buffalo art scene by going to galleries & museums. She is excited to branch out into the book arts and promote all Buffalo Artists have to offer!

melissa@wnybookarts.org

 

Chris Fritton – Studio Director

149819_459637168868_712898868_5595726_3414728_nChris 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.
chris@wnybookarts.org

 

 

 

Rosemary Williams – Program Director

meRosemary 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. rosemary@wnybookarts.org

 

 

 

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. gail@wnybookarts.org

 

 

Richard Kegler – Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus

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Richard 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.