Center for Book Arts in New York Will Honor San Francisco Center for the Book Co-Founder, Mary Austin, Supporter of Letterpress Printing and the Book Arts for 30+ Years

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On Friday, April 25, 2013, the Center for Book Arts in New York City will honor four prominent members of the letterpress and book arts community including San Francisco Center for the Book co-founder, Mary Austin.

Mary Austin | Co-Founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book

Mary Austin | Co-Founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book

Mary Austin is not only an advocate for educating the world on the book arts – she is a connoisseur.

Honoring Contributions to the Letterpress Printing and Book Arts

The Center for Book Arts' Annual Benefit is an occasion for the book arts community to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, and pay tribute to individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the practice or interpretation of book arts. This year the Center for Book Arts will to recognize the following individuals for their achievements and commitment to furthering the field of book arts:

Mary Austin
Co-founder of the San Francisco Center for the Book

Steve Miller
Book artist and educator at University of Alabama

Barbara Moore
Independent scholar of artists' books and performance art

Claire Van Vliet

The admirable achievements of these individuals will be recognized and celebrated at the CBA 2013 Annual Benefit & Silent Auction on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 6 to 9 pm, with an After-Party from 9 to 11 pm. This event promises to be an enchanting spring evening of music, cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a rousing live auction featuring work by acclaimed artists.

The Board, staff and friends of the San Francisco Center for the Book congratulate co-founder and Chairman of the Board Mary Austin on this honor and thank our colleagues at the Center for the Book Arts for recognizing Mary Austin's contributions to the art of the book through her own work, her collection and her philanthropic contributions and leadership at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

About Mary Austin
Mary Austin has been a supporter and advocate for printing and the Book Arts for over 30 years. As the first Curator and Assistant Director of the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Austin fell in love with the diverse forms of printing. She moved to San Francisco in the mid 80's and began work with the Printing Industries of Northern California. In 1989 she started the Underground Press and in 1996 she co-founded the San Francisco Center for the Book. The Center has been an outlet for many local and international print-makers and artists to come and teach, as well as, learn the various forms involved in bookmaking. The collection that Austin has amassed is strongest in the area of alternative book structures. It ranges from flag books, scrolls, accordion and carousel structures, to book objects & altered books.Austin currently sits on the Board at the SFCB and she is an active member of many local printmaking and book organizations. When it comes to the topic of the book in all its forms, Mary Austin is not only an advocate for educating the world on these fascinating structures; she is a connoisseur.

About the Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to preserving the traditional artistic practices of book-making, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. Founded in 1974, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. Its work is channeled through five program areas: exhibitions related to the arts of the book; lectures on topics of interest to book artists and craftspeople; a modest publication schedule; services to artists, both established and emerging and, much the most prominent currently, an extensive offering of classes. Each year the Center offers three terms of courses, workshops and seminars taught by experienced book artists, and providing hands-on training in all aspects of traditional and contemporary bookmaking, including bookbinding, letterpress printing, papermaking, and other associated arts.

About the San Francisco Center for the Book
The San Francisco Center for the Book fosters the joys of books and bookmaking, the history, artistry, and continuing presence of books in our culture and enduring importance as a medium of self-expression. SFCB provides both a home for Bay Area book artists and a place where the wider community can discover book arts. Everyone is welcome here, experienced practitioners and newcomers alike. Over 300 workshops annually offer learning at all levels: from introductory to focused advanced courses spanning traditional bookbinding, cutting-edge printing techniques and experimental book forms. Exhibitions are designed to inform and inspire visitors. Free public programs include opening receptions for the exhibition program, poetry readings, book release parties for our publications, gallery talks, Open Houses and other community events like the annual Earth Day Extravaganza and Roadworks Street Fair.

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