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Beyond the Classroom  

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying book art.  


Access to Facilities & Equipment

As a book art student, you'll have access to unmatched resources.

Eucalyptus Press

Broadsides

Mills College Book Art Studio

Eucalyptus Press Studio, circa 1932

Metal Type for Handset Projects

Wood Type

Florence Walter Bindery

Binding Class

Heller Rare Book Room


Your academic and cocurricular resources will include: 

  • The Eucalyptus Press, with two Vandercook presses, a Chandler & Price platen press, an etching press, an 1860 Albion handpress, and hundreds of cases of metal and wood type. Besides serving as a resource for book art students, the Eucalyptus Press publishes broadsides by well-known contemporary writers, as well as books and publications by visiting artists.
  • The Florence Walter Bindery, containing French handmade presses, sewing frames, and other tools for fine bookbinding.
  • The Heller Rare Book Room in the F. W. Olin Library, a trove of printed books from the 15th century to the present.
  • The Book Art Pocket Gallery, which has featured works by visiting artists and Mills students as well as student-curated exhibitions of artists’ books.
  • Slide Space 123, a gallery for artwork and actions that pose new problems and connect the Mills community with currents across multiple disciplines.
  • The Mills College Art Museum, which holds more than 10,000 works of art and provides students with experience in all phases of museum work.

Events & Activities  
  • Book Art Club—Students interested in printmaking, papermaking, and bookbinding find support and build community through this campus organization. Members also use their talents for social causes. Recent club activities have included the Protest Postcard Printathon, which created letterpress postcards to mail to the White House, and the Bay Area Bindathon, which produced blank journals for people in prison classes, adult literacy programs, and youth writing groups.
  • Mills College Arts Association— Members of this club develop their artistic practices and professional skills through events like grant-writing workshops, participation in open studios, and panel discussions.
  • Center for the Book—Located in the F. W. Olin Library, the center offers lectures, exhibitions, and workshops led by book artists and historians.
  • The Mills College Summer Institute for Book and Print Technologies—Advanced practitioners of book art come from around the country for two weeks of master-class workshops, drawn by our Book Art Program’s renowned faculty and facilities. The institute also features artist presentations that are open to undergraduate students and the public.
  • Off-Campus Trips—Visit other pillars of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant book art community: the San Francisco Center for the Book, the American Bookbinders Museum, and the Letterform Archive. Meet visual artists at open studio events or join the First Friday gallery crawl in Uptown Oakland.