Book Art

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Materialize the Book.

Create powerful visual works by experimenting with traditional and cutting-edge technologies, from letterpress printing and hand bookbinding to digital design. Offered by the country’s most renowned book art program in a region rich in book art culture, our master of fine arts (MFA) in book art will inspire you with new ideas and support you with a diverse community of faculty and peers.

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MFA in Book Art

Combine rigorous conceptual, theoretical, and historical studies with disciplined creative practice. Prepare to work as an artist, publisher, teacher, special collections librarian, curator, or in related fields.

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Book Art Facilities

You'll have 24/7 access to our book art facilities, including the historic Eucalyptus Press and Florence Walter Bindery. Our F.W. Olin library’s Special Collections provide additional one-of-a-kind resources to support your studies.

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SF Bay Area Resources

For nearly 90 years, Mills has been at the center of the field of book art and the San Francisco Bay Area’s book community, providing unrivaled networks and hands-on learning opportunities.

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Student Exhibitions

Showcase your work in our Book Art Pocket Gallery and Slide Space 123. Your studies will culminate with an MFA thesis exhibition at a professional gallery in Oakland, an emerging arts center.

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My work has greatly benefited from my time at Mills. The faculty’s excellent scholarship inspired and encouraged me to investigate and commit to the fullest of my abilities.

Lyall Harris, MFA '12
Book Artist

Internationally Renowned Book Art Faculty


One of the most rewarding aspects of our graduate book art program is the relationships you'll develop with the faculty who direct and teach the program. Our faculty are leaders in the field with far-reaching expertise in both the theoretical and the material aspects of book art and extensive professional connections. You'll work one-on-one with them to pursue your degree as you become part of the community of book artists and scholars. 

Kathleen Walkup
Professor & Book Art Program Head

Kathleen Walkup holds the inaugural Lovelace Family Endowed Chair in Book Art and directs our Book Art Program. She teaches typography and letterpress printing, artists’ bookmaking, and the MFA seminar on the material book. Her research interests include the history of women in printing and conceptual practice in artists’ books. 

Julie Chen
Professor of Book Art

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for over 25 years. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide including the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She is also a Mills alumna.