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Book Arts Summer Institute 2024

June 9 - June 22

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Summer Institute is on!

Our registration portal is now closed. We are able to take additional sign ups for Week 2 through Friday, June 14 at 12:00 PM. Please email bookartscenter@wells.edu for information.

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. We're pleased to present this year's workshops, all of which welcome both beginners and experienced practitioners.

On April 29, 2024, Wells College announced its forthcoming closure. Our Book Arts Summer Institute will take place this summer as planned. 

Week 1: June 9 – 15, 2024

Week 2: June 16 – 22, 2024

Image of the sun setting over large lakeLooking for Pulp Painting Intensive with Meg Black? This workshop has been cancelled for 2024.

Additional registration tips can be found below.

Register for both weeks and save 10%. Enter coupon code bothweeks at checkout. Hint: purchase each workshop in a separate transaction to take full advantage of the offer. Reserving a shuttle? You only need to select this for one week.

Internships and a limited number of scholarships will be available. See below for details.

Program Details


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.

Accommodations and Meals

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.


We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to participants who would not otherwise be able to attend.  Full and partial scholarships will be awarded for one class per person. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 31, when we begin reviewing applications. Applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis. 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. The internship application period closed March 31.

Standby Program

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for one week is $1099 and includes course materials. Participants may register for one class only per week. 

COVID Policy

Wells College reserves the right to test any or all visitors at any time, and to quarantine anyone who tests positive for COVID. Please help us keep everyone safe.

Deposit and Refund Policy

We encourage early registration since our courses are limited to 8–12 participants. A $200 portion of your registration is a non-refundable deposit and is due at registration.

If you pay your deposit only today, the balance of your registration amount will be due by May 9, 2024. We will reach out after receiving your registration with an invoice for the balance and information about payment plan options.

You may cancel your registration until May 9, 2024 and receive a refund minus the non-refundable $200 deposit. After that date, there will be no refunds. Should we need to cancel a course for any reason, you will be notified and offered another class or a full refund. We cannot be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or any other costs.

Registration Tips

Locating your Cart: after you add a workshop, with room and board selections, to your Cart, a green window will appear at the top of the page where you can select "View Cart." If you navigate away from that page and cannot locate your cart, add another item to the cart to get the green window with "View Cart" link. You will then see everything you've added to your cart and can delete any extra items before checking out.

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Start: June 9 - 12:00 am
End: June 22 - 11:59 pm
Venue: Wells College
Location: 170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026 United States

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Book Arts Summer Institute