Book Arts Summer Institute

June 9 – 15, 2024 & June 16 – 22, 2024

Summer Institute brings instructors, artists, and participants from across the country to learn with top-notch book artists, printers, calligraphers, and paper artists a stone’s throw from beautiful Cayuga Lake. Early bird registration rates available through February 15.

June 9 – 15, 2024

  • Pulp Painting Intensive with Meg Black
  • Life Beyond the Single Sheet: Marbling and Book Making with Leslie A. Grossman, Parhelion Marbling
  • Cutting Edge: Woodcut and Movable Type Poster Workshop with Martin Mazorra
  • Design in the Details: Bookbinding Adaptations & Variations with Stephanie Wolff

June 16 – 22, 2024

  • Risobookapalooza with Josh Dannin
  • Wood Engraving for Artists, Illustrators, and Miniature Print Lovers with Rebecca Gilbert
  • Papermaking: Creative Techniques and Self-Expression with Candy Alexandra González
  • GET MEDIEVAL! Calligraphy Workshop with Grendl Löfkvist
  • Folding and Sewing: Exploring Combinations and Collaboration within Book Arts with Erin Sweeney

See course descriptions and register here.


Additional Information


All classes will be held on the picturesque campus of Wells College, 170 Main Street, Aurora, New York 13026. Wells College is located on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The area is well known for its natural beauty, lakes, waterfalls, charming small villages, farms and wineries. The Wells College Book Arts Center is located in Morgan Hall, and houses one of the finest teaching collections of book arts equipment in the country. Travel by plane, train, or bus is possible through Syracuse, NY. A college-run shuttle between Syracuse and Wells College is available.


Participants staying on campus should plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Dinner for those who have purchased all meals will be available Sunday evening, alongside a welcome event. Those not staying on campus should plan to arrive Monday morning in time for class. Classes run Monday though Friday, 9 am to 12:00 or 12:30 and 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Departure is the following Saturday morning by 11 am. Participants will receive an introduction letter from their instructor before the course begins with information about what to expect in your workshop.


On-campus dormitory accommodations are in private rooms or double rooms with a shared bath for the six nights, along with all meals. The cost includes all linens and internet access via campus WIFI. Still, participants should consider bringing a comfortable pillow, and those who are driving may benefit from bringing an electric fan. Off-campus lodging options include The Inns of Aurora, bed and breakfasts and major hotel chains 20–40 minutes from campus. Please note that Verizon has the strongest cell phone signal on campus, and other carriers may be spotty. A lunch-only option is available for commuter students.


We regret to say that the Book Arts Center is not currently handicapped accessible, although the dormitory is. Please contact us with any questions.

Scholarships, Internships, & Standby Program


We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to participants who would not otherwise be able to attend.  Scholarships offer 50% off of tuition for one class. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 15, when we begin reviewing applications. Learn more and apply here.


The Institute offers several two-week internships to undergraduate and graduate participants in the book arts. Interns receive room and board alongside partial participation in two workshops, while assisting instructors. Interns will also assist in preparation and clean up for each session and may assist the program facilitators with other tasks. Find details and an application here.


Half-price tuition may be available to those in the Standby Program to register for any spots remaining available two weeks before the program. Please note that recipients will be responsible for the full cost of housing and meals if needed. Register for our Standby Program here.