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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to being the founder of WNYBAC, 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. Since 2014, Kegler has been 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.
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 is an adjunct professor at Daemen College and Niagara County CC, has taught at University at Buffalo where she received her MFA, and conducts workshops at WNYBAC and CEPA. Kate participated in the NYFA MARK 10 Program, has shown her work regionally including CEPA (RELEASE), Hallwalls (Vascular Modes), and was a visiting artist at WNYBAC (Currents). Her work often explores aquatic spaces, (as digital, film or cyanotype images), documenting the surface of water, what might be resting upon it and what may be obscured underneath.
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.
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.
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.