About The Exhibition

Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists' Books from Women's Studio Workshop features artists’ books by thirty-six artists published over thirty years by Women’s Studio Workshop. Curated by Kathleen Walkup, the exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective featuring some of the most influential contemporary book artists in America.

The forty works in Hand, Voice & Vision celebrate three facets that characterize the artist’s book program at Women’s Studio Workshop: the hand-made mark of the book-maker, the unique voices and viewpoints of a broad and diverse range of artists, and the visionary nature of artwork that forges new directions in the medium of book arts.

Click here to see and hear more about the exhibition in a short video featuring curator Kathleen Walkup.

About The Catalogue

purchase Hand, Voice & Vision CatalogueA fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is available for purchase. It contains essays by the exhibition curator, librarians, teachers, curators, and artists on the topic of artists’ books and WSW’s role in the field, as well as interviews with the four founders. Read more about the cataologue, including ordering information here.

About Women's Studio Workshop

Since 1974, Women’s Studio Workshop has provided close to two hundred artists, both emerging and established, with studio facilities and technical expertise to produce limited edition artists’ books. Currently the publishing program at WSW adds five new artists’ books each year. The variety in form and content of the books in the exhibition demonstrates the breadth of the Workshop’s publications, reflecting an assortment of ideas, topics, and methods spanning thirty years of women responding to pressing political and cultural issues, as well as themes of a social or personal nature.

About The Curator

Kathleen Walkup is Professor of Book Art and director of the Book Arts Program at Mills College, where she teaches courses covering a broad range of subjects, from visible language to women in the Paris avant-garde. Walkup’s research interests include the history of women in print culture and conceptual practice in artists’ books. Her own ongoing artist’s book project is entitled Library of Discards.

Booking the Exhibition
If you are interested in bringing Hand, Voice & Vision to your gallery, university or library please contact Tana Kellner to discuss schedule and pricing.


University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
September 2 October 21, 2013

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY,
January 20 – March 16, 2014

Vassar News Jan 2012

Hudson Valley Almanac 1/19/2012

The Sophian 11/6/2011

Printeresting 1/12/2011
Kathleen Walkup introduces the exhibition

Panel Discussion: Artists of the Women's Studio Workshop