2012-2013 Schedule


Two venues in Downtown Minneapolis:
Mpls. Central Library & Form+Content Gallery

6:30 p.m. - Thursday, September 20

A first full evening of the Ampersand's 2012-2013 season starting at Minneapolis Central Library and then on to Form+Content Gallery.

Five Years: The Minnesota Book Artist Awards — "Come see the surprising and exciting ways that our book artists have stretched the concept of book arts. Approximately 30 examples from all five past years' Minnesota Book Artist Award winners will be on display. - BUZN 102.9

Starting from Nothing — "'I began reading and writing about nothing, thinking about voids and vacancies, black holes, empty space, absences, things gone missing, utter silence, and the loss of meaning. Rather than finding bleakness in nothing, I found it to be an inspiring, evocative, and powerful concept.' - Jody Williams" - Form+Content


In Association:
Collaboration in the Book Arts

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 11

  • MCBA
  • First Floor
  • 1011 Washington Ave S
  • Minneapolis

Thomas Rose, Harriet Bart & Philip Gallo provide content and comment on "...four exhibitions wherein the power and potential of collaborative artmaking is revealed."

"The book arts are, at heart, a collaborative discipline, where projects have the potential to bring together the specialties of numerous individuals: artists, writers, designers, papermakers, printers, bookbinders and more." - MCBA


The Life and Art of Walter J. Breckenridge
Presented by John Moriarty

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, November 1

"John Moriarty worked with Breckenridge's daughter to edit the manuscript that became My Life in Natural History, Breckenridge's autobiography, generously illustrated with his paintings." - St. Paul Audubon Society

"Known for his paintings of birds and wildlife settings, Breckenridge also was the creative force behind many of the Bell Museum's nationally known dioramas. He also is widely recognized for pioneering the craft of wildlife filmmaking - many done in passionate response to human pressures facing animals and their ecosystems." - UM News


Sense of Place in Artist Books
Curated by Karen C. Kinoshita

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, December 13

"Within this international exhibition of artist books, a sense of place is represented in almost limitless ways. The books may be specific to a personal time, a world created, a place of advocacy, a space to heal trauma, or the documentation of journeys. Artists books offer strikingly unique environments for exploring ideas as well as means for communicating beyond those of the traditional book." - U of M Libraries

The exhibit also sparked a panel discussion with Sarah Bodman, Betty Bright, Jeff Rathermel, and Marianne Coombs viewable at the U of M Institute for Advanced Study


Ampersand Holiday Party

7:00-10:00 p.m. - Saturday, January 12

See Printed Invitation for Location & Directions

Other than the annual dinner this is often the most well attended Ampersand event of the season. If you have not been to an event for a while this would be your chance to see some familiar faces, as well as those that spark a dim recollection from last years holiday party or annual dinner.


Design Binding and Designer Book Binders of America

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, February 21

  • MCBA
  • 1011 Washington Av S
  • Minneapolis

Jana Pullman, book artist, binder and conservator, lives in Mpls and has been involved in the book arts since 1983. She is an instructor at the MCBA and teaches workshops throughout the country. Pullman was named the 2013 Minnesota Book Artist of the year.


Innovations In Print Technology, Makig Book Publishing More accessible

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 28

Kevin Brown is the owner of Smart Set, Inc., a 20 year old graphic arts company in Minneapolis. Smart Set provides serices and products for most printing methods. Kevin gives regular lectures and workshops in the area and has served on the advisory board for the Graphic Design department at MCTC.


Chank Diesel
Font Designer & Alphabetician

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, April 11

"Chank strives to make fonts fun and accessible for both the average computer-user and professional designers. He distributes a diverse collection of display fonts through his website Chank.com and also creates custom fonts for corporate clients who want exclusive rights and a specific design for a typeface." - mnartists.org

"Minneapolis-based font designer Chank Diesel takes MN Original behind the letters as he designs a new font based on the old Hollywood Theater sign in Northeast Minneapolis. [H]is fonts have appeared on Taco Bell wrappers, Honeycomb cereal boxes, Tanqueray billboards, bottles of Ocean Spray cranberry drink, and in the title design for the movie James and the Giant Peach." - MN Original


Annual Dinner with guest speaker
Susan Skarsgaard


  • Jax Cafe
  • 1928 University Ave NE
  • Minneapolis

Susan Skarsgard has taken a circuitous route to her current job as Manager of GM Design Archive and Special Collections, and she feels it’s resulted in a 'rich and interesting career.'" - fastlane.com

"Susan Skarsgard is an artist, designer, and teacher known internationally for her work, which has been exhibited and published widely. She works in both traditional and digital media using her skills with calligraphic line, letters, and words to create image and meaning in her work." - Imagine/Align


Living with the real thing:
the antiquarian book in the digital age

A special lecture by Mark Dimunation

6:00 p.m. - Friday, June 27

  • MCBA
  • 1011 Washington Av S
  • Minneapolis

Mark Dimunation has been Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress since 1998. He is a past chair of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the American College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. - Rare Book School