Solo exhibit

University of the Arts -Encircled by Water: Venice and Ireland, January 20, - February 13, 2015


Exhibitor at the CODEX Book Fair and Symposium

Berkeley, CA,

Feb. 8-11 2015.


Alice's work at Abcedarian Galleryin Denver


Alice interviewed by

Steve Miller, Univ. of Alabama »


Alice at Vamp and Tramp booksellers


Delaware valley Chapter, GBW site »


Alice on the New Yorker Book Bench blog

New Yorker



Central Booking »

New York, NY


"Show and Bestow" page »


Show & Bestow


Alice Austin is a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist.
She has worked as a book conservator since 1999 at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the first library in the U.S., founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin.
She has been a lecturer at the University of the Arts, teaching book structures, and also teaches workshops at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, and other locations. She earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, and has been an active member of the Guild of Book Workers since 1998.
She has been awarded many artist residencies in Europe, some of which involve teaching and exhibiting. Her work is widely held in private, public and special collections worldwide and you can listen to a podcast about her work from the University of Alabama. Her art work is also featured in “500 Handmade Books,” “Magic Books and Paper Toys,” "1000 Artists' Books" and "Making Handmade Books." Her artist books have been reviewed in Fine Books magazine and on-line in the New Yorker magazine's Book Bench blog.


Alice's talk at the Library of Congress - video



And the link:

Residency at Awagami Paper in Japan

August, 2015


Alice traveled to the Awagami Paper Factory in Japan in July-August 2015 as a Resident Artist to explore Japanese paper-making and indigo dyeing methods.



Alice Austin lecture
At the Library of Congress
June 11, 2015, 3 p.m.
Rosenwald Room, LJ 205
Jefferson Bldg.
Free and open to the public

Sculptural Books: Book Structures from the Medieval to the Modern
Austin will discuss her exploration of different book structures, both historic and modern. Her unique books satisfy a curiosity of book binding history while her editions celebrate pattern and color.

Sponsored bt the Potomac Chapter, GBW, Washington, D.C.

When: Saturday, June 13th. 9:00-5:00
Where: Folger Shakespeare Library, Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Laboratory
Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members plus a materials fee paid directly to the instructor


The tunnel book sets a stage by enticing the viewer to look through expanding layers or scenes. In this one day class students will make two models to explore and understand the physical expansion of the concertina side panels. We will also construct a cover to attach to one of our books. Materials will be provided for the books but students should bring postcards, drawings, prints, photographs or other collage material that they would like to cut up and incorporate in their books. We will make our own rubber stamp from an eraser but bring a few of your favorite art supplies to personalize your books.


To enroll, email:





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Solo exhibit

University of the Arts -Encircled by Water: Venice and Ireland, January 20, - February 6, 2015

My solo exhibit, “Encircled by Water: Venice and Ireland,” opens at the UArts on Friday January 23rd, 6th floor Printmaking gallery, 333 South Broad Street, reception from 5-7pm.
I will be exhibiting copper plate aquatints from Venice and copper dry points from Ballinglen and some drawings, in addition to tunnel books from Venice and books from Ireland.
I hope you can make it!


Ballinglen fellowship - 2014

Alice was awarded a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland in September - October, 2014.




Alice interview

Alice interviewed on» in chinese and english.


Girdle Book workshop

Photo gallery from the GBW Girdle Book Workshop with Renate Mesmer at the Folger Shakespeare Library in August 2014



Venice fellowship

Alice spent November, 2013 in Venice, Italy as a recipient of an Emily Harvey Foundation fellowship. Below are photos and videos from her stay in Venice.


Map books inspired by Venice

I started with the idea that maps are not too useful in Venice. Using a substrate of US nautical maps, I printed, drew and painted maps of Venice and then folded the long maps in a manner to convey the feeling of wandering and being lost. I included a grid map of Philadelphia, abstracted, to contrast with the meandering streets of Venice. The maps are sewn into a folded cover of handmade paper.

See more photos »



Snapshots from Venice

Etching at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica

The Rome Project in Denver

Maps: From the Local to the Global

Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver, March – August 2013

The Rome Project (Upper Level)

This exhibit features a compilation of works from Alice Austin, a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist. The famous Nolli map of Rome inspired her detailed and creative interpretation. What is the Nolli Map? – It is an ichnographic plan of Rome from 1736 surveys of Giambattisa Nolli, an Italian architect. Nolli used the survey to engrave 12 copper plates into an elaborate and comprehensive ground plan, commonly recognized as building footprints, of Rome, Italy.

Collaborative paper making in Austria

Paper making at the Hobl+Sohn paper works in Steyrermuhl, Austria in September, 2012 during Alice's stay as the Resident Artist withARThaus4.


Flexagons in history

An interesting blog post about flexagons from the Center for Book Arts - who knew that flexagons were "discovered", and noted physicist Richard Feynman was involved?

Alice will be teaching Four Fantastic Folds about flexagons at the Center for Book arts in New York, June 15, 2013.

The CBA Blog post »

Rome Maps

Inspired by the 1748 Giambattista Nolli plan of Rome, these two books consist of prints, sketches and notes from Alice's residency at the American Academy in Rome, ink cover on natural vellum cover.

See the blog entry for the Rome Project »




Venice Tunnel books

“Venice Studio View” and "Ca d'Oro" are tunnel books inspired by the feel of Venice, a city built on water, full of narrow canals and tight spaces. The light play on buildings and water is evoked by using etchings, one for the background, and one cut to make two other layers. Linoleum prints, based on the pattern of an iron window grill, make the foreground and sides. The tunnel book is housed in a handmade paste paper covered box with a magnetic closure.

Edition of six.


Nolli Ca' d' Oro Studio view

Nolli book

"Nolli," an exploration of the textural layers of Rome, by Alice Austin and Jon Snyder, was inspired by the Giambattista Nolli map of Rome, 1748. The book was folded from one sheet of paper which was printed offset lithography in six colors, which required six runs through the Heidelberg Kors press, at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.




See the blog entry for the Rome Project »




Visiting Artist

ARTHaus4, Gmunden, Austria

September, 2012




Struttura e Contunento

Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice Italy, October, 2011

Photos of the books in the show»


Video of the Venice opening »

Patmos workshop, 2010

Show and Bestow page»

With links to the Oberlin College online exhibit of the show.