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American Academy of Bookbinding

From: Judy Kohin <aab<-at->
Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
American Academy of Bookbinding Graduates Three Students

A few days before the start of the Guild of Bookworkers Standards of
Excellence Seminar in San Francisco, an esteemed jury of fine
binders and book conservators met to review the Diploma Projects of
three students from the American Academy of Bookbinding. After
careful review of the students' fine bindings, protective covers,
restoration projects, portfolios and final papers, the jury
recommended that all three candidates receive diplomas from the

Sophia Bogle of Ashland, Oregon, and Ruth M. Strach of North
Scituate, Rhode Island received diplomas in conservation from the
Academy. Coleen Curry of Muir Beach, California received a diploma
in fine binding.

The Conservation Jury included Betsy Palmer-Eldridge, J. Franklin
Mowery and William Minter. Eleanor Ramsey, Don Etherington and Don
Glaister were on the Fine Binding Jury. Academy Director Monique
Lallier supervised the jurors.

Students vying for a diploma from the Academy must complete a
combination of practical course work at the Academy, independent
study at home, a final diploma project (which varies in conservation
and fine binding), a final research paper and a comprehensive
portfolio. The average length of time needed to complete these
requirements has been four-five years.  The program is designed to
allow students to continue working, as only a few weeks of classes
must be attended each year. This flexible schedule allows students
to maintain jobs and family obligations, while requiring rigorous
independent study, "homework projects", at home in-between classes.
Once the student has successfully completed all of the course
requirements and homework assignments, instructors at the Academy
can elect the student as a "Candidate for Diploma". The student then
has one year to fulfill all of the Diploma Project requirements.

Congratulations graduates. To date only seven students have received
diplomas in fine binding and only three in conservation.  Fine
Binding graduates include Cathy Adelman, Jeffrey Altepeter, Cynthia
Fields-Belanger, Mark Kirchner, Sabina Nies, C. Lang Ingalls and
Coleen Curry. Conservation graduates include Brenda Parsons, Sophia
Bogle and Ruth M. Strach.

For a complete schedule of classes for 2010, see


and check out our blog, which has photos of past classes and more


For information on our diploma program and any other questions,

    Judy Kohin
    AAB administrative director

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Received on Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

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