Katherine Ruffin

(781) 283-2130
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A.B., Bryn Mawr College; M.F.A., University of Alabama

Katherine M. Ruffin
Book Arts Program Director

Expert in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and and papermaking, combined with various aspects of the liberal arts.

I have been teaching in the Book Arts Lab in Clapp Library at Wellesley College since 2000. In my teaching, I incorporate letterpress printing, bookbinding, and and papermaking with various aspects of the liberal arts.

My research interests include book studies in the liberal arts curriculum, pedagogy for the book arts, and the history of typography and printing. I am a doctoral student in the PhD in Library and Information Science program at Simmons College.

At Wellesley, I teach classes through the Art Department. I teach classes and workshops in the Book Arts Lab and the Papermaking Studio, and oversee the activities of the Annis Press, which is the Book Arts Lab imprint. In the summer, I teach in the Masters in Art Education at Boston University’s College of Fine Art. I have also taught at the Bow and Arrow Press at Harvard College, the Center for Book Arts in New York City, Penland School of Crafts, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute.

I have printed and published fine press limited edition letterpress broadsides under the imprint of Shinola Press since 1994. My books and broadsides are held in many collections in the United States and United Kingdom. I serve on the advisory board for the MFA in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama. I am a member of the board of the Fine Press Book Association and a trustee of the American Printing History Association. I am also a member of the College Book Art Association and the Society of Printers.

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Katherine McCanless Ruffin, 
Program Director