Part-time Instructor of Art
Art Appreciation, Foundation Art
M.F.A. in Printmaking/Painting, Western Michigan University
B.A. in Art/Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies
K2162 Kohrman Hall
Jeff Abshear is a painter, printmaker, and book designer. In 2007 he was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Italy, where he studied Italian book arts hosted by the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, a member of the Association of European Printing Museums. As a letterpress printer Mr. Abshear has worked with writers to produce hand-printed books and broadsides, including the Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, and the Minister of the Arts of Great Britain, Grey Gowrie. Mr. Abshear's Buckner Press publications are in the Special Collections of libraries throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. He has taught painting, printmaking, book arts, art history, and writing at Western Michigan University since 1996, and during the summer program at Interlochen Center for the Arts since 2005. He also teaches an annual book arts workshop to young Italian students at the Scuola Didactica di Thiesi in Sardinia, Italy. He is the founder and Director of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, a nonprofit organization supported by the Iriving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, to produce publications, host artists and writers, and teach workshops in book arts, printmaking, and creative writing. Mr. Abshear has also worked as a translator of Italian essays and interviews published in contemporary art exhibition catalogs for the Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, and monographs for Cosmica Press and art publishing house in Milan.