News & Events


Cat Liu poses in the UICB letterpress studio., Isabella Myers poses in the UI Libraries Conservation Lab.
Apr 2019

After many months of research, language study, and proposal writing, 2019 MFA graduates Cat Liu and Isabella Myers have been awarded Fulbright fellowships for research in, respectively, China and Cambodia. 

Cat will go to paper mills and the Jinling Scriptural Press in Nanjing, China, to...

Feb 2019

The Center for the Book was well represented at the 2019 CODEX Book Fair, perhaps the world’s preeminent convention to show and sell fine press publications and artist books. It takes place every other year in Richmond, California. Five UICB alumni had tables, as well as three of our instructors...

Jan 2019

Congratulations to Dong Dong for receiving this award! You can read more about Dong and her work at UI Libraries here.

Jan 2019

Congratulations to MFA candidates Shoko Nakamura and Krista Narcisso! They were awarded Caxton Club Grants for the 2018-2019 application cycle. 

Shoko Nakamura uses everyday things, such as doughnuts, tulips, sandwiches, and cats as subjects for her artist's books. For her thesis project,...

Oct 2018
UICB students Suzanne Glémot and Zoë Webb were awarded the 2018 Academic Enrichment Award for Graduate Students by University of Iowa Libraries. Applications for this award are open to the libraries' student employees. 
Suzanne worked last year in the Conservation Lab....


MFA Thesis Reception

May 3, 2019

Please join us for a celebratory reception honoring our Spring 2019 MFA Thesis cohort. 

Remarks at 4:30.

2019 MFA Thesis Show

April 22, 2019

UICB's Spring 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Featuring work by 

Dong Dong
Sonia Farmer
Catherine Liu
Isabella Myers
Shoko Nakamura

Traveling to Collect: Bugs, Saffron, Mercury, and Bugs

April 18, 2019

Cheryl Porter will give a public lecture on her recent travels to gather material samples—Armenia for the Armenian cochineal, Greece to harvest saffron, the mines at Almaden to learn how mercury and cinnabar were mined there, lac harvest in India— used in the production of pigments found in...


Some Bubble Universe

April 8, 2019, April 12, 2019


Dong Dong's MFA thesis show Some Bubble Universe is in the KK Merker Gallery this week.

Stop by level B of North Hall to see, and join us for a closing reception on Friday from 4-6.

UICB Annual Nancy Brownell Lecture on the History of the Book with John Hessler

April 11, 2019

Of the thousands of pre-Columbian books produced in the Americas, only a handful have survived to the present day, all of which shed a bright light on the history, language, and the book production methods and techniques of the Nahua and the Maya. This lecture will focus on the construction,...