40 Years: Celebrating the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

Exhibit at the Boston Athenæum – May 15 – August 7, 2021

Founded in 1906, the Guild of Book Workers seeks to broaden public awareness of the hand book arts. The Guild hosts educational opportunities, sponsors exhibitions, and advocates for high standards and sound conservation practices. In 1980, a group of passionate bookbinders, conservators, printers, papermakers, book artists, and their supporters in and around Boston rallied for the creation of the Guild’s first regional chapter. Following the New England Chapter’s establishment, new regional chapters soon followed, expanding support for a widening community of book workers around the country.

This exhibition celebrates 40 years of creativity fostered by the New England Chapter. The works on display represent a broad spectrum of tradition and innovation, spanning expertly crafted fine and design bindings, as well as beautifully sculpted artists’ books and boxes. 

With rich holdings in the contemporary and historic book arts, and with overlaps in our collections, membership, and staff, the Boston Athenæum is pleased to continue our support for the Chapter by serving as the opening venue for the exhibition.

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