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Sarah Bryant

Sarah Bryant Biography

Sarah Bryant produces artist books and prints under her imprint Big Jump Press. Her
work can be found in dozens of collections including The Yale Arts Library, The Houghton Library at Harvard University, The New York Public Library, and The Darling Bio-Medical Library at UCLA. Her work has received a number of awards, including the MCBA Prize in 2011. Bryant received her MFA from the University of Alabama in 2008. She served as the Victor Hammer Fellow at Wells College from 2008 to 2011 and currently teaches book arts at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 

Sarah Bryant Resumé

Sarah Bryant


2005 to present

Proprietor, Big Jump Press.?Designer, printer, and binder of artist’s books including The Index (2006,) Cutaway (2007,) Point of View (2008,) ab[landmass] (2009,) Biography (2010,) and Fond (2012.) These books are exhibited widely and collected by libraries and private collectors in the United States and internationally. (See list of collections on the following pages)


Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2011
Instructor, University of Alabama mfa in the Book Arts Program. Courses taught: Graduate level bookbinding courses including Non-Adhesive Binding, Binding III, and Boxmaking and Enclosure Design.

Aurora, New York, 2008-2011
Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts, Wells College.?Two-year teaching fellowship at Wells College. Duties include teaching undergraduate bookbinding and letterpress printing courses, a role as the designer and printer for The Wells College Press, and an appren- ticeship at The Bixler Press and Type Foundry in Skaneateles. In the Spring of 2010 I was asked to stay on for an additional year. Courses taught: Introduction to Book Art, Advanced Bookbinding, The Printed Book, Art on the Press, Independent Studies in Broadside Production and Book Production.

Cortona, Italy, 2008
Instructor, Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia. Introduction to Book Arts/Papermaking. Instructed graduate and under- graduate students in book structures, papermaking, and paper deco- ration. Taught bookbinding workshops to students enrolled in other classes.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2007
Instructor, The University of Alabama, New College.?Creativity. Led class discussions on the nature of creativity based on readings in the fields of psychology, natural history, poetics and mem- oir. Planned and executed assignments designed to introduce students to drawing, poetry, and simple bookmaking.


forthcoming, March 2013
Ink Spot Press, Brighton?Art on the Press. A six session evening course for all levels of experience. Students learn how to produce imagery using flatbed cylinder presses. Techniques covered include linoleum carving, pressure printing, hand inking and blind embossing.

October 2012
Boxmaking. A series of three evening courses for beginners focusing on the lidded box, the slip case, and the portfolio.

August 2012
Bookbinding Summer School. A week-long workshop covering a variety of bookbinding structures including accordions, pamphlets, and the link stitch binding.

February 2012
Futurist Typography. A weekend letterpress workshop for beginners covering handset type and freeform typography on the press.

June 2011
Innovative Book Structures. A weekend workshop for printmakers and other artists focusing on a range of structures including the pamphlet binding, a few variations of accordion bindings, and the drumleaf binding.

October 2012
London Centre for Book Arts?Bookbinding for Artists. A two-part evening course on structures appropriate for artists including innovative structures and the drum- leaf binding.

November 2012
Introduction to Letterpress. A weekend course for beginners. Topics cov- ered include hand-setting type, mixing ink, and printing with a flatbed cylinder press.

October 2012?
Shepherds-Falkiners, London?Accordion Structures. A full-day Saturday course introducing three distinct accordion book structures.

Chichester, forthcoming 2013
West Dean?Text and Image: The Art of Letterpress Printing. An introductory course covering hand-setting type and printing on Adana platen presses.


Aurora, New York, 2012
Wells Summer Institute?The Letterpress Artist: Simple Books on the Vandercook. A week-long printing and binding workshop stressing the production of artist’s books on the flatbed cylinder press.

Portland, Oregon, 2012
Oregon College of Art and Craft?The Letterpress Artist: Simple Books on the Vandercook. A week-long printing and binding workshop stressing the production of artist’s books on the flatbed cylinder press.

Ithaca, New York, 2011
Cornell University, Printmaking Department.?Book Structures for Artists. A three hour workshop for students in a printmaking course. Students focused on pamphlets, accordions, and the variety of innovations and combinations that are possible with these two simple structures to make more complex books.

Ithaca, New York, 2011
The Ink Shop.?Innovative Book Structures. A weekend workshop for printmakers and other artists focusing on a range of structures including the pamphlet binding, a few variations of accordion bindings, and the drumleaf binding.

Geneva, New York, 2009-2011
Hobart and William Smith Colleges,?Art and Architectural Studies Department.?Innovative Book Structures. A series of three hour workshops for archi- tecture students focusing on simple structures which combine to create more complex forms.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2010
Minnesota Center for Book Arts,?Pressure Printing. A weekend workshop on pressure printing covering simple letterpress review, pressure plate making and printing, pulling ghost prints, and the incorporation of text into these prints. Ithaca, New York, 2010
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.?Accordion Books and Variations. A three hour community workshop. Students learned several accordion structures and techniques for com- bining these structures. New York, New York. 2010
The Center for Book Arts.?Art on the Press. A weekend workshop devoted to art-making on the Vandercook Press. Techniques covered included reduction linoleum blocks, adhesive linoleum, pressure printing, blind stamping, and the introduction of type. Donegal, Ireland, 2009
Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc.?Book Structures for Artists. A week-long workshop covering a number of structures including the pamphlet stitch, the accordion book, the link stitch, and simple boxmaking. Auburn, New York, 2009
The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center.?Various Bookbinding Structure Workshops. A series of three hour sessions devoted to historic structures. Structures covered include the link stitch, the long and link stitch, accordion bindings and boxmaking. SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS

Purchase Award, American Impressions 2012. The University Galleries, William Patterson University. Wayne, New Jersey, 2012

Minnesota Center for Book Arts 2011 Artist’s Book Prize. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2011 Purchase Award, College Book Art Association Members Show. Bloomington, Indiana, 2011

School of Fine Arts Gallery Indiana University.?Juror’s Award for Artistic Excellence, The Pyramid Atlantic Book Fair. Silver Spring, Maryland, 2010

Victor Hammer Fellowship, Wells College. Aurora, New York, 2008-2011

?Artist Residency at Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc.? Donegal, Ireland, 2009

Purchase Award, Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition. McNeese State University.? Lake Charles, Louisiana, 2008 Raymond F. McLain Book Arts Award, University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2007

Purchase Award, Sense and Sensuality Show. 23 Sandy Gallery. Portland Oregon, 2007

Finalist, Design Sponge Online Scholarship Competition. 2007

Windgate Fellowship, The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2006


Visiting Artist Lecture, Hobart William Smith Colleges. Geneva, New York, November 2012

?Ettinger Book Artist Speaker, UW-Milwaukee Libraries?. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 2012

Visiting Artist Lecture, Colchester Institute: MA Art Design & The Book. Colchester, United Kingdom, October 2012

Visiting Artist Lecture, Ink Spot Press. Brighton, United Kingdom, June 2011

Visiting Artist Lecture, Syracuse University. Syracuse, New York, May 2011

Visiting Artist Lecture, Sarah Lawrence College. Bronxville, New York, April 2011

Susan Garretson Swartzburg Lecture, Wells College. Aurora, New York, April 2011


Juror for ARTBOUND 2012 Student Book Art Competition. University of Florida, Sprint 2012

Collaborative Project between Taller Experimental de Gráfica. and The University of Alabama MFA in the Book Arts Program. Havana, Cuba, Fall 2011, Spring 2007 Broadsides for the Wells Visiting Writer Series.? Aurora, New York, 2009-2011

Juror for the American Institute of Architects, Rochester Chapter, 2010 Design Excellence Awards.? Rochester, New York, 2010

Broadsides for the mfa reading series at The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2007-2008

Broadsides for the Bankhead Visiting Writer Series at The University of Alabama.? Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2006

Brochures and promotional materials for the School of Library and Information Studies at The University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2006


The University of Alabama mfa in the Book Arts Program. Masters of Fine Arts. 2008

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Bachelors of Art, Studio Art. 2001


College Book Arts Association (CBAA)?
New York Center for Book Arts (NYCBA)
?Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA)


“Evolution of an Artist’s Book,” The Bonefolder, Vol. 8, January 2012?
The Vandercook 100, edited by Heather Mitchell. 2012 (featured artist)?
Masters: Book Arts, edited by Eileen Wallace, Lark Books. 2011 (featured artist)
Adventures in Letterpress, Mark Batty Publisher. 2011 (featured artist) SOLO EXHIBITIONS?
Biography and Fond: Design and Production. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY

Evolution of an Artist’s Book.? Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
2010 ?
Uncover/Reveal: The Book Works of Sarah Bryant and Big Jump Press.? Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
2008 ?
Point of View: MFA Thesis Exhibition. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL


2013 ?
Seductive Alchemy: Books by Artists. Texas Woman’s University Gallery, Denton, tx
2012 ?
Revealed Terrain: Landscape in Contemporary Artists Books.? Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street. Travelling Exhibition
2011 ?
Open.? he Cracker Factory, Geneva, NY
Illuminating the Issue: Artists Books as Social/Political Critique?. University of Wisconsin, Milwakee, Golda Meir Library, Milwaukee, WI
2010 ?
I Will Cut ThrU.? he Center For Book Arts, New York, NY
The Page Exhibition.? International Printing Museum, Carson, CA
Book Arts Invitational.? Word and Image Gallery, Treadwell, NY
Boundless Transformations: The Book as Art. Denver Art Students League, Denver, co
Divergent Impressions: 2009 Printmaking Invitational Featuring Jason Urban, Leslie Mutchler, Matthew Sugarman & Sarah Bryant. Lamar Dodd School of Art, Gallery 307, Athens, GA
Readings: Featuring Buzz Spector, Adam Bateman, Kieth Smith, Scott McCarney. he Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY
Books Outside the Binding. Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS 2012 ?
*American Impressions 2012. Purchase Award. University Galleries, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ
*Fine and Dirty: Contemporary Letterpress Art. The Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN. The Book: A Contemporary View. The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE.
Towson University Center for the Arts Gallery Towson, MD
2010 ?
CBAA Members Show. Purchase Award. School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
*Fit to Be Bound.? The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
2009 ?
Le Livre est une Oeuvre d’Art.? Art Vitam, Le Touquet, France
Art, Fact, Artifact: The Book in Time and Place. CBAA Members Show, Iowa Artisans Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2008 ?
* Bright Hill Press Juried Book Arts Exhibition. Word & Image Gallery, Treadwell, NY
Multiples Exhibition of Editioned Artist’s Books. East End Applied Arts, Aurora, CO
*21st Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition. Purchase Award? McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
Fresh Impressions: Letterpress printing in Contemporary Art.? Oregon College of Art and Craft, Hoffman Gallery Portland, OR
2007 ?
Sense and Sensuality. Action/Interaction. Purchase Award. 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland OR
EXHIBITOR-VENDOR 2012 Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair?. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD
Manchester Artists Book Fair?. Manchester College of Art, Manchester, UK
2010 Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair. Juror AwarD. Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD
Hybrid Book Fair?New York Center for Book Arts Christmas Sale University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
COLLECTIONS Arizona State University?Art Institute of Chicago, Flaxman Library, Joan Flasch Collection?
Atelier Vis-à-Vis, Marseille??
Aukland Central City Library, New Zealand ?
Baylor University, Crouch Library ?
California Polytechnic State University, Kennedy Library?
?Carnegie Mellon University Library ?
Carleton College, Gould Library, Special Collections?
?Cleveland Institute of Art, Gund Library ?
Columbia University??
Cornell University ?
?Dartmouth College, Special Collections ?
?Florida Atlantic University, Jaffe Collection ?
Harvard University, Houghton Library?
?Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Herron Art Library??
Kansas State University, Hale Library, Special Collections??
Library of Congress?
?Lafayette College, Skillman Library ?
Massachusetts College of Art??
Messiah College Library, Special Collections ?
Mills College, Olin Library, Special Collections??
Minneapolis College of Art and Design?
Multnomah County Library, Wilson Library??
The New York Public Library, Spencer Collections ?
Oregon State University, Valley Library, Special Collections??
Otis College of Art & Design Library, Artist Book Collection??
Phoenix Public Library, Rare Book Room ?
Reed College, Library, Artist Book Collection ?
San Diego State University Library, Special Collections??
Savannah College of Art & Design, Artist Book Collection??
Scripps College, Denison Library, Special Collections??
Smith College, Neilson Library, Mortimer Rare Book Room?
?Stanford University, Green Library Swarthmore College??
Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections ?
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library The University of Alabama Book Arts Collection?
?The University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections ?
The University of Arizona??
The University of Chicago Special Collections??
The University of Colorado, Norlin Library?
?The University of California Los Angeles Darling Biomedical Library??
The University of California Los Angeles, Young Research Library, Special Collections ?
The University of California Santa Barbara, Davidson Library??
The University of California Santa Cruz, Special Collections??
The University of Denver??
University of Florida, Smathers Library, Special Collections ?
The University of Iowa Main Library, Special Collections ?
University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library, Special Collections??
University of Michigan, Fine Arts Library, Special Collections?
?The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Sloane Art Library??
University of Puget Sound, Collier Library, Special Collections??
The University of Southern California, Doheny Special Collections??
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library??
The University of Utah, Marriott Library??
The University of Vermont, Special Collections ?
The University of Washington, Special Collections The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library, Special Collections??
Virginia Commonwealth University, Cabal Library, Special Collections??
Wellesley College Special Collections Library??
Wells Book Arts Center?
?Wesleyan University, Olin Library??
William Patterson University?Yale University, Haas Arts Library, Birren Color Collection

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