On view September 23 – November 3, 2023

Opening Reception Saturday, September 23, 5 – 8 p.m.

Artist talk 6 p.m.


Book Arts kicks off its 15th anniversary programming on Friday, September 22, 2023 with the opening of Richard Kegler: Re:Bound, a survey of Kegler’s 40-year career as a printmaker, book artist, and designer.

With the opening of Richard Kegler: Re:Bound, Book Arts celebrates the vision of our founders who saw the potential for a unique arts organization on a once forgotten corner of downtown Buffalo. The exhibition will survey the breadth of Kegler’s storied 40 year-career and include McScream, the artist’s Edvard Munch tribute/parody woodcut from the late 1980s, accompanied by a facsimile letter from a large corporation who claimed trademark infringement after derivative products (coffee mugs, watches, postcards) were made with this image. A range of Kegler’s early handmade books and selections from his mail art experiments, which he has characterized as implicating “the post office as the un-knowing collaborator in the final piece,” will also be featured.

The exhibition will include two of his rarely screened early video artworks, Convergence (1991) and The Small Glass (1994). Several of his more recent letterpress experiments will be featured, including the trilogy, Burst (2021), Incendiary (2022), and Implode (2023), which were created using blocks from the Pollack Printing Collection that were cut in a haphazard way, the fragmented text on each selected from scrap boxes of the collection. There will also be a selection of his fine press books, including Dear Mr. Hunter (2000), Cayuga Tale (2019), HWT Specimen (2020), and Victor Hammer (2022).

The exhibition brochure will feature an essay by Dr. Casey Smith. Click here to view the full press release.


This show is made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the  New York State Legislature.

Richard Kegler formed P22 Type Foundry in 1994 and was a co-founder of the WNY Book Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. From 2014-19, he was the director of the Wells College Book Arts Center in Aurora-on- Cayuga, NY. Richard has spent his career combining an interest in traditional printing crafts with entrepreneurial initiatives. His artwork over the last 40 years has used hand printing and book arts as a focal point. He is director of the documental film Making Faces: Metal type in the 21st Century (2011). His current project Dry Inc. focuses on post-digital printing & typography and new printing tool development.

Exhibitions supported by:
Book Arts is supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the County of Erie, M&T Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Humanities NY