Salzberg Artist in Residency

Having skipped a year due to the global pandemic and faced with the daunting task of choosing between two outstanding proposals, our selection committee made an unusual and ingenious decision for the 2021/2022 academic year: we're honoring not one, but two artists with the Helen M. Salzberg Residency in the Book Arts.


DOUGLAS PIERRE BAULOS (Birmingham, Alabama) is the Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the curriculum director at Studio by the Tracks, an art center that provides free art classes to emotionally conflicted children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other mental illnesses. Their drawings, installations, and books have been exhibited/published both nationally and internationally. Doug's current works are explorations (visual) and meditations (poetry) centering on their ideas of spirituality, love, death, shelter, and hope. Doug received their MFA from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They regularly teach workshops and lectures on their research in book arts, drawing and visual ecology. In 2009 Baulos won the President’s Award For Excellence In Teaching at UAB. Photo credit: Kyle Carpenter

JAZ GRAF (Jersey City, New Jersey) holds a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Print Media from the University of Iowa. Her recent body of work juxtaposes synthetic and raw materials, the virtual gaze with organic imprints, and satellite imagery with dust, setting in motion a contemporary discourse around intergenerational memory and cultural preservation. Jaz exhibits locally and internationally, has been featured in AM New York News, The Jersey Journal, and on NJ's Public Broadcast Channel, NJTV. Jaz currently serves on the Exhibitions Committee of the North American Hand Papermakers. She is former Vice President of Manhattan Graphics Center, a fine art print shop in New York City, and Board Member of ProArts Hudson County. Photo credit: Laos Fois

Creative Projects 2021/2022

Since most or all their residency experiences are expected to be virtual, Doug and Jaz will each be working on their residency obligations simultaneously at their home studios. Each artist receives a stipend and will complete a creative project and teach a (most likely virtual) workshop through the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.

Doug Baulos's creative project revolves around a unique boxed collection of folio pages they plan to house in a large chitsu-style box. This series of pages will navigate the artist's interest in book structures, biodiversity, extinction, and vulnerability risks among the LGBTQI community. Doug's manuscript project intends to focus on how they and many other queer and non-binary artists use the natural world to navigate difficult feelings and often are still much more prone to have mental illness issues and suicidal thoughts. Doug will primarily be working with paper formation and folding, print, photo and transfer images, natural dyes, and thread.

For her Salzberg Residency, Jaz Graf plans to create an edition of books based on the structures of East Asian palm leaf tablets. Her interest in these manuscripts stems from the unearthing of her Thai matrilineal ancestry, which had largely been coded and hidden from view in her family. A bit of the history is conceptually important to her proposal: Many traditional palm leaf manuscripts were forbidden to be touched by women. The authors and makers were male monks, guarding the knowledge, and just as the monks could not be touched by women, so too were their books off-limits. Jaz will connect these palm leaf tablets to her family history, using her own printed papers that feature the pattern of her grandmother's pa-nung, her silk wrap skirt.


Helen M Salzburg, Arthur Jaffe, FAU Libraries