Brief Biography

Bonnie O’Connell earned her BA in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Art from The University of Iowa. She teaches book arts classes and directs The Fine Arts Press, a letterpress teaching laboratory, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She also produces fine press limited editions of contemporary poetry for Abattoir Editions. The Penumbra Press, her private press imprint, has a 35 year background in literary fine printing. In recent years she has issued mixed media letterpress works on social and art issues, as well as sculptural books and assemblages. Her first offset artist’s book, The Anti-Warhol Museum: Proposals for the Socially Responsible Disposal of Warholia was co-published with Nexus Press, Atlanta in 1993. She has taught numerous book arts workshops, and exhibited her unique bindings and edition books in libraries and galleries throughout the country, and her work is found in over 40 institutional collections. Her essays on the book arts have appeared in Books at Iowa, and Abracadabra. She is the recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Nebraska Arts Council, The Nexus Center for Contemporary Art, and The Woman’s Studio Workshop. In the spring of 2008, she will teach the letterpress concentration at the Penland School of Crafts.

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