Mills College has a long history of teaching book art at the college level, starting with the founding of the Eucalyptus Press in 1930. In the 1980s, the first separate graduate degree-granting program in Book Art in the nation was developed at Mills. Today, the Mills College Book Art Program includes an MFA program in Book Art and Creative Writing as well as one of the most comprehensive undergraduate programs in the country. In 2016 we extended our programming to include the Mills College Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies which included two five-day workshops offered at the master class level. We are pleased to announce that our fourth annual summer institute will include seven days of programming including two five-day workshops and two three-day workshops with public presentations by the four artist/instructors. Workshops will be fast-paced and taught at an advanced level. All participants must have prior experience in bookmaking, letterpress printing or printmaking, depending on the workshop.
The book art studios at Mills College are spacious and well equipped and set within the beautiful Mills College campus in the heart of Oakland. There is a vibrant book art community in the San Francisco Bay Area and participants are encouraged to extend their stay for a few days before or after the summer institute in order to visit places such as the San Francisco Center for the Book, The American Bookbinders Museum and the Letterform Archive, to name a few.