Addeane Caelleigh has been involved in book arts since 2005, with a special interest in binding, and has been involved with the Center for the Book since 2006. She has completed advanced courses at Bookworks in Asheville, North Carolina, and with Christine Cox at Volcano Arts in California, in addition to a variety of courses and classes at the Center. Her favorite personal focuses are non-adhesive structures and the history of bookbinding (she has studied at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia). She has taught a wide range of binding classes at the Center and, with the help of many members, coordinated the Saturday Book Binding Series from 2009 to 2019. Addeane serves on the Center’s Coordinating Committee.
Jennifer Billingsly is a Mixed media and Book Artist. Jennifer took her first bookmaking class at the Center for the Book back in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. She loves to share the craft of bookbinding and to see how people in turn use the book as a form for self-expression. As an artist and student, she enjoys working with printmaking, photography, and collage to create mixed media books and structures.
David Wilson Hawkins received his BA from Middlebury College (Vermont), MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. David exhibits paintings and prints nationally and internationally, including shows in New York, Washington D.C, New Orleans & London. His works are held in public and private collections, including Dominion Energy, Emily Couric Cancer Center at the University of Virginia, the University of Louisville, and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Richard Cappuccio is a writer, compositor, and printer who volunteers at the Center for the Book, assisting with letterpress classes and demonstrations of the Vandercook proof press. He enjoys printing the words of neglected writers as well as celebrating the beauty of moveable type. His interest in printing is as much about the meaning of type and words as it is about the printed object; for him, printing, like reading, is about interpretation. Most often, he can be found alongside his wife tending their garden in Charlottesville: “The printed object is slightly more permanent than the appearance of a flower bed.”
Robert Schultz is an author and exhibiting artist. He has published seven books, including poetry, a novel, and nonfiction. In art, he does photography, often in alternative processes (chlorophyll prints, scanography) and makes artist’s books. He learned the chlorophyll print process from its modern inventor, Binh Danh, and he and the Bay Area artist have done two exhibitions and two books together, most recently the artbook War Memoranda: Photography, Walt Whitman, and Memorials (Taubman Museum of Art, 2019). Schultz learned letterpress printing at the Virginia Center for the Book and, using its Vandercook press, has made two artist’s books with original chlorophyll prints and dried and pressed plant specimens pasted in. Schultz comments, “I love working with beautiful materials–fine papers, Japanese and Italian book cloths–and good tools.” At the Center for the Book, he has taught the chlorophyll print process.
Mary Holland is a professional artist, educator, and Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School. She specializes in experimental printmaking and collage. She has a BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been awarded five Visual Arts Residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Melissa Schappell works with a variety of media and formats, which suits her natural inclination to work with wet and dry media in non-traditional ways. She recently received her Master of Fine Art Degree from Radford University where she also served as Professor of Record for Art Appreciation courses. Her work explores the spaces between art, psychology, and the semiotics of metaphor, storytelling, and symbolism.
Kevin McFadden, chief operating officer at Virginia Humanities, is a poet and letterpress printer. As a book artist and printer, his work appears widely in university and private special collections. Editor and contributor to Speaking in Faces—the published typographic inventory of the Center’s collection, he has been teaching letterpress for the last two decades.
Donna can’t remember a time she was not fascinated by books…paper…and crafting. She studied landscape architecture at Penn State University, so plants are a favorite theme and she likes the “building” aspect of making books. Junk journals are very appealing, as they are a venue to find ways to use what is on hand. When not playing with paper or beads, she works at PRA Health Sciences, where she manages a library of business content and writes and edits RFIs and RFPs for clinical trials.
Mary V. (Ginna) Cullen has a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MIS) degree in studio art from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently serves on the board of the Virginia Art Education Association, conducts professional development classes for art teachers, and in the 2017 was selected as the Virginia Art Educator of the Year. She was the Central Virginia Regional Program Coordinator for the MIS Off-Campus IAR Graduate Art Program at VCU.
Garrett Queen directs the book arts program at the Virginia Center for the Book. His involvement with the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (as it was then known) began in 2007. As a volunteer he assumed the role of Printer in Residence, maintaining the center’s presses and equipment. Queen has instructed in letterpress printing and bookmaking and has helped manage a number of members’ projects. In 2013 he was honored as a Virginia Master Folk Artist by the Virginia Folklife Program.
Josef Beery is a book designer, printmaker, and educator. He was a cofounder in 1995 of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (now a program of Virginia Humanities Center for the Book) where he continues to teach. He has taught courses in letterpress printing and the history of the book and printing at the University of Virginia and as a guest lecturer at a number of other institutions. He is a regular visiting teaching artist at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. He is the creator of the BookBeetle desktop teaching press.
Lyall Harris is a visual artist, creative and critical writer, and arts educator. She holds a BA in Art History from Northwestern University (Phi Beta Kappa) and an MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College. Her book art can be found in over fifty Special Collection libraries across the United States. A deep and abiding commitment to the value of the arts and a passion for sharing the creative areas in which she works inform her over ten years of teaching adults and youth in various educational settings in the fields of book art, painting, and creative writing.
Yolanda Merrill has been a free-lance bookbinder her entire adult life. Introduced to the field while pursuing a MA in Library Science, she attended workshops in the US and Europe, the Centro del Bel Libro (Ascona, Switzerland), UVA’s Rare Book School, and took private lessons with master binders. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. For over 30 years, she was the humanities librarian at Washington and Lee University. There, she curated a major book arts exhibit, and taught several courses in the book arts. Yolanda teaches a variety of classes at the Virginia Center for the Book, and is an active member of the organization. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Lana Lambert is a resident artist of the Virginia Center for the Book and has been a member since 2010. She studied printmaking and bookmaking at her alma mater, the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. It was there that she had her first exposure to letterpress and Japanese book forms. It was soon after that she fell in love with relief printing and learned the art of Japanese woodblock printing. Lana received the honor of a Folklife Apprenticeship by the Virginia Folk Life Program in 2013 and learned even more under Garrett Queen, program director for the Virginia Center for the Book. She continues her work at the center and is currently focusing on a series of block prints focusing on the Tree of Life.