Experience a Creative Space for Book Artists.
At Mills, your creative work will be supported by book art facilities that are among
the most comprehensive in the nation. Our library’s extensive Special Collections
and Center for the Book will provide you with inspiration and scholarly resources.
And our location on a campus with acclaimed programs in studio art, dance, and music
provides spaces for interdisciplinary arts collaborations.
Access Top-Notch Resources.
Our facilities feature green book art studios that reflect our commitment to sustainable
art practice. The resources you’ll use as an MFA student include:
- A dedicated, shared MFA graduate studio, where you’ll have exclusive, 24/7 access to individual work spaces and a broad range
of letterpress, printmaking, and bookbinding equipment, including Vandercook presses
and a Colts Armory platen press with metal type
- A digital lab/clean room for MFA students, featuring Apple computer workstations, a color laser writer, a
large-format flatbed scanner, and a large-format inkjet printer
- The Eucalyptus Press, with two Vandercook presses, a Chandler & Price platen press, an etching press,
an 1860 Albion handpress, hundreds of cases of metal and wood type, and a large-format
polymer platemaker to combine computer typesetting and design with relief printing
- The Florence Walter Bindery, containing equipment and materials for contemporary and traditional binding; our
traditional binding equipment includes French handmade presses, sewing frames, and
other tools bequeathed by the daughters of noted fine hand-binder Florence Walter
- Our Book Art Pocket Gallery, which provides opportunities to curate exhibitions of your own and other's work
- The Special Collections of the Heller Rare Book Room in the F.W. Olin Library, with a broad and deep range
of rare antiquarian and contemporary books, including hundreds of handmade artists’
- Our library’s Center for the Book, which offers lectures, exhibitions, and workshops led by book artists and historians
Collaborate Across Disciplines.
As an MFA student at Mills, you’ll become part of our lively, cutting-edge arts community.
Several spaces support artists’ interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity:
- Slide Space 123, featuring student exhibitions in diverse media as well as work by artists who pose
new problems and connect the Mills community with current trends across multiple disciplines
- The Mills College Art Museum, which hosts professionally curated exhibitions of contemporary art and holds a collection
of more than 10,000 works from the first century BC to the present
- The newly renovated Lisser Hall, with performance spaces for dance and theater
- Littlefield Concert Hall in our historic Music Building