Women's Studio Workshop

This exhibition was created to pull together the work of artists who created artists' books through the Women's Studio Workshop. The items in this collection vary widely and deal with a number of topics. More Women's Studio Workshop books can be found in the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Special Collections. You are welcome to browse all of the artists' books in AAEL Special Collections through the online database

Exhibition Events & Information

The Women's Studio Workshop online exhibition is designed to expose users to a selection of books published by the Workshop that are in the collection of the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library at the University of Michigan. All of these books are available for researchers to use onsite by appointment. Please contact Jamie Vander Broek (Art & Design Librarian) to make an appointment.

The online exhibition was triggered by the installation of Hands, Voice, & Vision at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Hands, Voice, & Vision is an exhibition curated by Kathleen Walkup and consists of artist books created at the Women's Studio Workshop. Exhibition information can be found here: http://handvoicevision.com/


Inner page of 4x4 a book by Barbara Leoff Burge produced at the Women's Studio Workshop

Events associated with Hands, Voice, & Vision and this online exhibition: 

Exhibition Reception: Wednesday, September 25, from 4:00-5:00 pm, Street Gallery, Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design: 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor

Artist Talk: Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 pm, Duderstadt Room 1180: 2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor

Hands, Voice, & Vision on view at Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, September 2-October 21, 2013. 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor

Books related to the online exhibition on view at the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library in the basement, October 4-December 31, 2013. 2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor

<em>Flowers in a Box</em>

Interior of artist book Flowers in a Box by Amy Schmierbach

Toby Millman

Toby Millman was a resident at the Women's Studio Workshop in 2011. While at the Workshop, Millman created the book Facts on the Ground. The book explores the relationship between Palestine and Israel through oral testimonies and beautifully delicate letterpress and cutout maps. Millman is a prolific artist book creator and is a master of intricate printmaking. Additionally, she is a photographer and occasionally a filmmaker.

For more detailed images of Facts on the Ground and information about Millman's work, visit her website: http://www.tobymillman.com/

<em>Facts On The Ground</em>

Elisabeth Belliveau

Elisabeth Belliveau is a multi-disciplinary artist who had an artist residency at Women's Studio Workshop in 2010. While there she created her book Academy and Estate. This book explores ideas of friends, family, travel, and growing up through wonderfully colorful and expressive drawings.

For more detailed images of Academy and Estate and information about Belliveau's other projects, visit her website: http://www.elisabethbelliveau.com/

<em>Academy and Estate</em>

Cover of artist book Academy and Estate

Judith G. Blumberg

Judith G. Blumberg held an art residency at the Women's Studio Workshop in 1988. During her time there she created In this Land. The book explores the relationship between military control and domestic happiness by layer printing and transparent overlay.

In this Land

Cover of In this Land by Judith Blumberg.

Sue Bucholz

Sue Bucholz held an art residency at the Women's Studio Workshop in 1984. While there she created One Psalm. The book was made by printing on handmade paper. It encourages contemplation by unfolding to reveal the story of the first Psalm through images and verse.

One Psalm

Cover of One Psalm by Sue Bucholz.

Barbara Leoff Burge

Barbara Leoff Burge is one of the founding members of the Women's Studio Workshop, was on staff for many years, and is now on the Board of Directors. She created Kunst Comix: A phony art history and a number of other books while working at the Workshop. Kunst Comix is a parody that juxtaposes images of traditional Russian icons, Indian paintings, and Japanese prints with images by Gorky and Walt Disney.

<em>Kunst Comix</em>

Cover of Kunst Comix: A Phoney Art History

Stephanie Copoulos-Selle

Stephanie Copoulos-Selle was an artist in residence at the Women's Studio Workshop in 2008. While there, she created LAP: Loretta's Acronym Primer. The book is a look at how acronyms exist in the world. Copoulos-Selle took acronyms from business, medicine, and government and re-created them with personal vocabulary that stresses the importance of the individual.

Copoulos-Selle is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha. She got her MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

LAP: Loretta's Acronym Primer

Cover of LAP: Loretta's Acronym Primer by Stephanie Copoulos-Selle.

Sara Cushing

Sara Cushing was resident at Women's Studio Workshop in 1993. Her book Talismans consists of a juxtaposition of photography and drawings. Cushing also has work in the collection of the Center for Book Arts and the Walker Art Center.


Cover of artist book Talismans

Colleen Mullins

Colleen Mullins had a residency at the Women's Studio Workshop in 1998 during which time she created, with Clement A. Mullins, the artist book Opening Day. The accordion-style book explores themes related to home, travel, and family by overlaying her father's photography with other images and text. Mullins is also a photographer and her work has been exhibited across the country.

For more information about Mullins' work visit her website: http://colleenmullins.net/home.html

<em>Opening Day</em>

Cover of artist book Opening Day

Sandra Turley

Sandra Turley was an artist in residence at the Women's Studio Workshop in 2001. While she was there she created This Original Self. The book creates and blurs the portrait of a woman through the layering of fabric that has varying level of transperancy due to a burning process.

<em>This Original Self</em>

Cover of This Original Self by Sandra Turley.

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