At the Western New York Book Arts Center we believe in supporting teaching artists in our community by providing opportunities to share their skills. Get to know the artists that make Book Arts a vibrant space to learn and create!
Diane Bond is a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan in book arts and has been making books for over 20 years. She is a member of the WNY Book Arts Center and has served on their Board of Directors. A graduate of Buffalo State College, Diane has a bachelor’s degree in both graphic design and art education and a master’s in art education. She has been a visiting artist to many area schools, worked as an art educator teaching students grades K-12 and has taught numerous bookmaking workshops across Western New York.
Caitlin Caldwell is a printer & designer living in Buffalo. She started interning at the Book Arts Center in 2010 while studying Communication Design and Printmaking at the University at Buffalo. Caitlin now runs the digital print division of a commercial printing company in downtown Buffalo and enjoys teaching letterpress classes in the printshop where she learned to print!
Deganis-Librera is a screen printer and illustrator from Buffalo, NY. He started screen printing in 2014, and has worked in several very different shops printing thousands of orders from small local businesses to epic clients. Since then, he has started his own business screen printing his original artwork.
Ben Dunkle is a designer, artist, and teacher in Buffalo. He has taught courses in graphic design, web design, and programming at Canisius College since 2001. Ben has an MFA in Printmaking from SUNY Buffalo.
Eck is an internationally exhibited mixed media artist who works primarily with paper, thread and text whose work features a characteristic concern with repetition and the evidence of the maker’s hand. Her recent artist’s books have focused on the translation of traditional embroidery techniques into exposed spine bindings. Her functional books and journals use post-consumer recycled materials and fabric, creating practical beauty from rubbish. In addition to her studio practice, Eck teaches foundation studio classes and visual studies at Jamestown Community College, and classes and workshops for numerous other arts & cultural organizations both regionally and nationally. She received her MA in Visual Culture from Northumbria University in Newcastle, England and her BFA from the University at Buffalo, where she graduated as the Dean’s Medalist in Fine Arts.
Miranda Heyer has been volunteering with the WNY Book Arts Center since 2017. Her purpose was to gain experience with her job coach from Aspire of WNY. Since then, she has been leading workshops in Monster Tail looming and origami. Miranda also helps with demos at events such as Book Fest, Last Minute Panic, and Edible Book. Miranda is working towards a career involving arts and crafts and when she’s not pursuing her career goals or helping Book Arts, she’s filling orders for her Etsy account.
Sweety Kabra started at Book Arts as a volunteer, assisting teaching artists conduct workshops. Through volunteering she learned screen printing, book binding and letterpress, and eventually went on to lead workshops of her own! Sweety is passionate about paper craft and learning new art, and likes that Book Arts offersa space to create, teach art, and make a difference. Sweety loves to do Henna, and also runs her own small business, WNY Henna Designs, which combines her love of art with the traditions her home country of India. When she’s not leading a Book Arts Printing Partners workshop in the community or helping out in the shop at Book Arts, you’ll most likely find Sweety leading one of her Henna parties!
In addition to being the founder of the WNY Book Arts Center, Richard Kegler is the founding partner of P22 type foundry, which originated in 1994 as an outgrowth of his Master’s thesis project on Marcel Duchamp. Rich’s background in typography and book arts includes ventures in bookbinding and letterpress printing. However, the historical context and background of type continue to be his greatest interest and shape the evolution of P22. From 2014-2018, Kegler was the Director of the Book Arts Center at Wells College, in Aurora, NY, which hosts a myriad of book arts related workshops, events and residencies, in addition to an on-campus shop, The Wells College Press. Currently, Rich is in Rochester, NY, building a new home for P22 type foundry.
Ruby Merritt is a Western New York, Buffalo based professional artist, adjunct professor and teaching artist. Merritt received her BFA, concentrating in Drawing and Painting from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Masters of Fine Arts at the University at Buffalo, in 2013.
A familiar niche for Merritt’s artwork is the contemporary ‘art and science’ or ‘bio-art’ realm. Producing work that is process based, using earth cycles, such as rock and water cycles, to manipulate and nurture her work. Printmaking, photography and bookmaking have become an incipient nesting ground for displaying and capturing the shapes and patterns mimicking and documenting nature’s visual wonder.
Believing that we need to perceive the natural world as art objects, Merritt frequently shares her experiences, techniques and instructs hand made projects as a Teaching Artist for Book Arts workshops and the Printing Partners program.
Don Pollock studied bookbinding in the late 1970s with Frank Mowery of the Folger Shakespeare Library and Tom Albro of the Library of Congress, and since then has worked to improve his craft, including workshops and master classes with Hugo Peller of Ascona and other notable fine binders. He has practiced as a private binder, and his recent commissions include the author’s presentation edition of the first novel published by the newly revived Arkham House, the famous horror and mystery publisher.
Tom Rooney is a printmaker and illustrator living in Buffalo, NY. He holds a BFA in printmaking from the State University College at Buffalo, NY and an MFA in printmaking from Drake University. From 1997 to 2011 he was the owner and operator of Pavlov’s Togs, a popular retail store and screen printing studio located in the heart of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. The shop featured clothing and other items printed with his designs. He closed the store to concentrate on his personal work, focusing on relief printing, watercolor painting and ink drawing. This work can be seen on his website.
Born and raised in South Korea, Mizin Shin graduated from Hong-ik University with a B.F.A in Printmaking and received her M.F.A from University at Buffalo. She has been teaching at University at Buffalo since 2015, and also at Villa Maria College in Buffalo since 2017. Shin’s work has been shown regionally and nationally at institutions across the United States. She was awarded the 2017 Graduate Student Fellowship from the Southern Graphics Council International, as well as the juror’s award at Brand 45 Works on Paper, 45th Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper.
Katy Sloan is a Printmaker and Educator based in Buffalo, NY. Sloan graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in the Summer of 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking with honors and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education with honors. Sloan recently worked wit Book Arts to exhibit Summer, West Side in their studio gallery space. She is a teaching artist at Book Arts, and is currently working as a substitute teacher.
Peter Sowiski received a BA in 1971 in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in 1974 in Printmaking from Ohio State University. He first exhibited in 1971 and has since shown in over one hundred and eighty-five various regional, national and international group and solo exhibitions. Over the last thirty-six years he has held numerous workshops, lecture or visiting artist posts regionally, nationally and overseas. He taught at Buffalo State College from 1974- 2007. He has become primarily known as a pulp painter, with work in numerous public and private collections in America.
Kate Stapleton Parzych
Kate Stapleton Parzych is a visual artist and arts educator working in digital and
darkroom photography, using many of her images for singular artist books. She
was an adjunct professor for nearly 15 years after receiving her MFA from
University at Buffalo, but has now shifted her focus by leading intuitive meditation sessions at yoga studios and various shops such as the monthly gallery discussion with meditations workshop offered at WNY Book Arts.
Janna Willoughby-Lohr is the artist behind Papercraft Miracles. Based in Buffalo, NY Janna is a poet, an artist, and a musician, having written her first poem at the youthful age of 5. She attended Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, where she discovered the world of papermaking and bookbinding and was lucky enough to study under renowned book artist and author, Gwen Diehn. Janna created Papercraft Miracles in 2004, as a way to make a living creatively, with a dedication to the craft of paper & book arts. She is thrilled that her creations have become a part of so many special moments, from weddings, to graduations, to births. As so much of the world is becoming screen-based and digital, Janna feels a calling to preserve and promote the physicality of book and paper arts. She loves bright colors, giggling and things that are small.
BECOME A TEACHING ARTIST
Do you want become a Teaching Artist at the Western New York Book Arts Center? We’re always looking for skilled book artists, including but not limited to: origami artists, bookbinders, printmakers, papermakers, and calligraphers. We also welcome artists of other disciplines to add innovative class offerings to our list.