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[group photo or Caxton Club president and grant recipients at November 16, 2016 dinner]

Congratulations to this year's Caxton Club Grant winners who collectively received $8500 in scholarships. The winners received their checks from club president, Don Chatham, at the Union League Club on Wednesday, November 16th.

Winners pictured are Sarah Krupa, Stephanie Wang, Ruby Figueroa, Woody Leslie, Lisa Miles, and Michelle Moode. We look forward to seeing the work they will do in the coming year.


The Caxton Club is pleased to announce that it is awarding more than $11,000 in grants to Midwestern book artists and researchers.

The grants of up to $2,500 each will be given to graduate and undergraduate students to help them pursue projects in book arts.

In addition to the grants, which include a scholarship for Rare Book School, the club also gave books published by under the Caxton imprint and Club membership to the winners of the T. Kimball Brooker Prize for undergraduate book collecting at the University of Chicago. It also awarded books to all Mellon Rare Book Scholars and National Collegiate Book Collector award recipients.

The 2016-2017 winning projects included artists’ books about; searching for antlers in Wyoming, the author’s experience growing up in a Mexican-American family, a series of micro-memoirs on the theme of vegetables, a series of codices about the artist’s place in the universe, a work inspired by to an Indian poet and a Spanish chef, and a guide to the constellations and night sky. The books projects will be created from a range of materials, from beaten bark paper, letterpress, embroidery, abaca pulp and polymer clay.

The Caxton Club received grant proposals from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College, University of Iowa, Drury University, Missouri State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The grantees are:

Lisa Miles
MFA candidate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book

Woody Leslie
MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago

Michelle Moode
MFA candidate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book

Ruby Figueroa
MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago

The Colleen Dionne Memorial Grant for a School of the Art Institute of Chicago undergraduate for book arts projects was awarded to two students. They are Sarah Krupa and Stephanie (Yueyang) Wang.

Also a $2,500 scholarship will be awarded for a Midwesterner to attend a course at Rare Book School. The recipient will be chosen by a RBS committee and will be announced later this year.

Since 2002, the Club has given out more than $60,000 to support the book arts and help create the next generation of book artists.

The Caxton Club is placing greater emphasis on the work of emerging book artists and the process of recognizing and encouraging them, said George Leonard III, a member of the grants committee. “I was very impressed with the large number of submissions to the grants committee and with their exceptional quality,” he said.

2015-16 Grant Recipients Update: Checking in with some of our recent winners by Martha Chiplis in the August 2016 issue (PDF) of The Caxtonian.

More about the grant committee and Caxton Club Grants:Grant Committee Gears Up for Increased Role: More grants, new kinds of grants, and additional outreach are all in the cards” by Lisa Pevtzow in the August 2015 issue (PDF) of The Caxtonian.

Since 2002, the Caxton Club has awarded thirty-two recipients with grants totaling over $60,000.

The Club, founded in 1895 in Chicago, is devoted to the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books.

For the 2015-16 academic year, Caxton Club grants have been offered to Midwestern graduate students with projects in the following areas: bibliography, book arts, history of the book, library studies, print culture studies, and zines. There are also grants available for undergraduates completing book projects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and early career Rare Book School attendees.

Read the press release on the 2015-16 grants to seven book artists and researchers.

Caxton Club Grant Recipients

2015-16

Hannah Batsel

MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago

Mary Clare Butler

MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago

John Creighton Fifield

MA and Graduate Certificate Book Studies candidate at the University of Iowa

Ian Huebert

MFA candidate at University of Iowa

Jose Resendiz

MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Amy Richard

MFA candidate at University of Iowa

Cathy Batliner

BFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sarah Evenson

2015 Caxton Club Scholarship, Rare Book School

2014-15

Hannah Batsel

Columbia College Chicago, MFA Interdisciplinary Arts candidate, Book and Paper Program

Keith Graham

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, MFA Candidate in Printmaking

Candida Pagan

University of Iowa, MFA candidate in Book Arts

Radha Pandey

University of Iowa, MFA candidate in Book Arts

Matt Runkle

University of Iowa, MFA candidate in Book Arts

2013-14

Heather Buechler

2015 MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts

Anne Covell

2014 MFA candidate in Book Arts at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa

Pamela Olson

2014 MFA candidate in Book Arts at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa

Clare Jones

MFA candidate in Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts at the University of Iowa

Greta Smith

PhD candidate in English at Miami University, Ohio

Caxton Club Scholarship Recipients

2012-13

Alex Borgen, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago

Jamie Weaver, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago

2011-12

Christopher Saclolo, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2010-11

Jana Sim, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Ashley Hairston, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Linde M. Brocato, University of Illinois

2009-10

Kelly Parsell, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2008-09

Teresa Pankratz, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
Daniel Mellis, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2007-08

Amy Jacobs, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Drew Luan Matott, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

John Vincler, Newberry Library and University of Illinois

2006-2007

Jenny Kim, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Mark Moroney, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2005-2006

Sara Otto, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Aimee Lee, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2004-2005

Ben Blount, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Mardy Sears, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2003-2004

Kerri Cushman, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Elisabeth Long, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2002-2003

Emily Reiser, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Jill Summers, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts