Jane Carlin is currently the Library Director at the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound. Prior to joining Puget Sound, Jane was the senior librarian for the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Library and the University of Cincinnati as well as held posts at Oxford Brooks University in England, University of Texas at Arlington, and the Herron School of Art. Jane has long been an advocate of the book. Her graduate thesis, A History of Art Book Publishing in Great Britain, served as the foundation for many programs and classes she has taught on the art and history of the books. In 2008, Jane brought the book arts to the Collins Library and has worked with community members to form Puget Sound Book Artists, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the book arts. Jane is the curator of numerous exhibits at Collins and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the organization. She is also an active member of the Book Club of Washington and is Chair-Elect of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a network of 37 libraries serving Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
MalPina Chan was born in California and received her BFA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Her portfolio includes works on paper, glass, mixed-media, and artist books and can be found in collections and exhibitions across the country. She curated both The Book as Art: Beyond Words and The Book as Art: Hand2Hand at Seattle’s Columbia City Gallery. In 2014, she curated Undercover Stories: The Secret Lives of Books at artEAST Gallery in Issaquah, Washington. MalPina’s work is included in 1,000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art and 500 Handmade Books Volume 2. Her book titled Knock on Wood was included in Superstition XIII exhibition at San Francisco Center for the Book. MalPina’s projects also include independent curatorial work, teaching workshops and lecturing. She is a board member of the Puget Sound Book Artist organization and has curated two of the members’ annual exhibits. She lives and works in Olympia, Washington.
Laura Russell is the owner and director of 23 Sandy Gallery and is also a photographer and book artist. She creates hand-bound, limited-edition artist books that incorporate photographs of our urban landscape and tell a story about our culture and our communities. She has participated in national and international book arts and fine art exhibitions and her books are collected by individual collectors and major collections at museums, libraries, universities and corporations.