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A distinctive degree-granting program that integrates training in book arts practice and technique with research into the history and culture of books.

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We offer a wide variety of experiences in bookbinding, letterpress printing, papermaking, lettering arts and more.

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Graduate study opportunities

The UICB offers an MFA degree and a graduate certificate in book studies or book arts.

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Curator Guided Tour with Eric Ensley and Emily Martin

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Join co-curators Eric Ensley and Emily Martin for a special guided tour of the Making the Book, Past and Present exhibition in the Main Library Gallery! All are welcome to attend this free event.    About the exhibit:    Making the Book, Past and Present explores the intersections of history, art, and practicality. What can we learn by placing books, materials, and makers from the Middle Ages through today in conversation with one another? Many techniques and materials common centuries ago...
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