Kalmia Strong Kalmia is a bookmaker, artist, educator, and community arts organizer with an MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She is a serial collaborator and has worked with many artists and writers to create handmade books and participatory art projects. In her spare time, Kalmia researches zines and the role of book objects and practices in cultural resistance and social change. She has taught numerous letterpress, silkscreen, zine, and bookmaking workshops to children and adults, and is the resident bookbinder at the Paper Nest and program director at Public Space One.
John Engelbrecht John is Director of Public Space ONE (PS1), an alternative arts space in Iowa City, IA. Over 70 local, national, and international exhibitions have happened in his tenure at PS1 along with a nearly daily program of performances, workshops, residencies and other interesting (if succinctly-indescribable) events. His background in photography informs a cross-disciplinary approach to an everyday art practice which looks with interest towards the social, performative, and ephemeral.
Sayuri Sasaki Hemann Sayuri has a love for the tactile world. You may find her stitching barnacles, felting bulbous forms, apprenticing at the Paper Nest, or just being a plain old jellyfish specialist. Lately she has rediscovered her love for hand-printed materials, and is very excited about the endless possibilities of incorporating it into her own work. She feels lucky to be a part of a supportive community here at the press co-op.
Emily Jalinsky Born and raised in the Midwest, Emily Jalinsky received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas. Her print and mixed media work seeks to reveal the meditative act of mindfulness. Curiosities both natural and spiritual are captured, while pathways to peace are explored. Emily lives and works in Iowa City, IA where she resides on the board for Public Space One and helps facilitate and teach at the Iowa City Press Co-op.
Craig Volesky Craig Volesky graduated from Coe College in 2007, studying printmaking and digital art. He works as digital artist (photoshop jockey) and is interested in combining digital media with traditional printing processes. Craig loves drawing with charcoal, dislikes talking about himself in the third-person, and eats in his sleep.
Desiree Dahl Desiree Dahl began her Earthly experience in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa in 2014. Her primary mediums include relief, screenprinting, digital, and book arts. Her work examines human connection and disconnection in relation to consciousness and the mind. At the Iowa City Press Co-op, she serves as communications coordinator, holds open studio hours, and teaches workshops. She likes good vibes and having fun.
Jenny Gringer Jenny is an informally trained printer with a formal degree in social work. She's worked in non-profits, psychiatric research, and public health for over 25 years. Art has been her passion since the age of 4 when she picked up a marker, drew an army of snowmen (accidentally) in a library book, and had to confess her crime to the children's librarian. She enjoys taking art classes and has spent the past few years focused on printmaking. Jenny finds special satisfaction in sketching during conference calls, meetings, and anywhere she's not supposed to. At night and on weekends she is often working in her studio and making an unholy mess.
Mackie Garrett Mackie Garrett is a poet, teacher, and rock ‘n’ roller. Originally from Carbondale, Illinois, he has been in IC so long that he’s taken to calling it home. He’s hoping to start a poetry broadside press in the near future. He’s also seeking out opportunities to work with community groups to print creative work and hang it on the wall somewhere.
Violet Austerlitz Virnig
Violet spends most of her time making up stories, even when she appears to be doing something else. Currently those stories are a series of comics called The Satanic Mechanic, which is about queer love and machine intelligence and eating old cars. When she isn’t doing that, she has a predilection for letterpress, screen printing, and book making, which comprise the bulk of her work. She is ambivalent about her formal education, but is eternally delighted to be part of a community of artists who learn something new every day.
Rubén A. Lebrón Villegas Rubén is a visual artist based in Iowa City. He holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Iowa State University and a Minor in Museum Studies. His artistic experience and interests include: theater and performance, books and literacy, and humorist/non-fiction writing.
Jen P. Harris makes forms that urge us to consider the layers of information and cultural myth-making that shape our perception of the world. Projects take the form of painting-based installations, prints, drawings and books. Harris's work has been presented at galleries and museums throughout the United States. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship, Iowa Arts Council Project Grant, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, and Puffin Foundation Grant, among others. Harris received a BA in Studio Art from Yale University (1999) and an MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York (2008). She currently lives in Iowa City, IA.