Book artist Steve Miller to speak at Wells

Co-director of Paper and Book Intensive to give lecture titled “Why Books?”




5:00 pm


E. Margie Matthews Filter Hostetter '62 Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall

General Info

The Wells College Book Arts Center announces that Steve Miller will give the 34th Susan Garretson Swartzburg Book Arts Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 in the Hostetter Lecture Room (209) of Stratton Hall on the Wells campus in Aurora, N.Y. This event is free and open to the public.

In his talk entitled “Why Books?” Miller will explore our eternal fascination with the idea, materials, processes and creation of books, especially in our increasingly digital world. Miller is the co-director of Paper and Book Intensive, an annual two-week series of classes and discussions for those working or interested in the book arts. He also runs the MFA program in Book Arts at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, one of the nation’s premier programs offering an advanced degree in book arts. One unique aspect of the Alabama program is that Miller takes graduate students to Cuba to work on collaborative book projects with printmakers in Havana. Miller has also taught letter-press printing classes in the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute in 2011 and 2012.

This lecture is the 34th in a series named for Susan Garretson Swartzburg. Working closely with Wells faculty and staff, Swartzburg helped to organize the press, bindery and other components that became Wells’ Book Arts Center. She served on the Book Arts Board and established a biannual book arts lecture series in memory of her father, developing contacts, raising funds, organizing events and finding speakers.

For more information, visit the Book Arts website at or call 315.364.3420.