About us

  • Left: Cecelia S. Chewning • Healing Not Whole (Poem by J.A. Chewning) (2013)     |     Right: Karen Hanmer • Lives of Saints (2012)

Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) which began in 1998, is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals and amateurs from all quarters of the book, paper and printing arts-bookbinders, paper makers, printers, paper marblers, and book artists, as well as archivists and conservators-for the purpose of creating a spirit of community among hand workers in the book arts and those who love books. We also strive to increase educational opportunities for private individuals as well as institutions and other organizations, fostering excellence through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and publications dealing with various aspects of the art of the book throughout the year. In addition to classes and workshops, we also sponsor programs, lectures and meetings open to the public. CBAS works in conjunction and collaboration with other nonprofit arts organizations and educational institutions to enhance and expand complementary programs. Our plans for the future include opening a facility which will house book arts and printing equipment and supplies for workshops. The facility will be available for use by interested individuals or groups, and will contain a gallery and resource library. CBAS publications include a website featuring items of interest to book, printing and paper enthusiasts, such as book and exhibition reviews, technical articles, type samples, and historical essays. Membership is open to all who share our interests and support these goals.

Whether you are a bibliophile, a collector, an educator or an artist working in book, paper or printing arts, the Cincinnati Book Arts Society is for you. CBAS is the central organization in the Ohio–Kentucky–Indiana area for book lovers of all kinds, from beginners to seasoned professionals. Just as a book could not exist without all of its various parts, so CBAS depends upon its members for financial support in order to fund its programs. Find the membership level that is right for you, and join us in promoting the organization and its goals.

To renew or start your membership, please view the membership info page.

To see a spreadsheet of past events, you can download an Excel document here.

Mission & Vision Statement

The Cincinnati Book Arts Society welcomes book enthusiasts of all ages in promoting and preserving contemporary & traditional forms of book, paper & printing arts.

It is our vision to serve as the primary forum for the book arts in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana area by:

1. Developing & promoting exhibitions for the book arts.
2. Providing experimental opportunities for professional development and learning about the book arts.
3. Partnering with other arts and community organizations.
4. Disseminating information through print and electronic publication.
5. Facilitating collaboration of interpersonal exchange for ideas.

Board Members 2016

Officers:

Chairperson: Judith Serling-Sturm

Vice Chair: Patty Bertsch                                     

Secretary: Jeanne Taylor

Treasurer: Marguerite Katchen

Trustees:

Library Liaison: Jeanne Strauss-deGroote

At Large Members

Anjali Alm-Basu

Marguerite Katchen

Kelly K. Sanders

Veronica Sorcher

Sharon Wilson

Committee Chairs:

eCommunications: Peg Rhein

Website Coordinator: Anjali Alm-Basu

Outreach: Lou Kroner

Programs: Sharon Wilson

Public Relations: Carole Winters

Membership Coordinator: Linda Dietrich

Study Group Coordinator: Janice Kagermeier