Boundaries: paper, print, & book

Now Through Letterpress Appreciation Days
(September 18 and 19, 2022)
In JCBA's Book Arts Gallery

In the Book Arts Gallery this summer, we're featuring works in paper, print, and books by Don Cortese, professor emeritus at the School of Art & Design at Syracuse University in New York. His teaching there took a turn in the mid-1970s when, as art coordinator for Syracuse University's International Program Abroad in London, Don became fascinated with English small press books and the art and craft of hand papermaking and typography. Returning to Syracuse, he applied for and received a Ford Foundation Grant to establish and teach a hand papermaking course in the Department of Experimental Studios. This unique workshop was supported and located in the Department of Pulp and Paper, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York at Syracuse.

Don's teaching and arts residencies took him not just to London but to Japan, where he documented Japanese hand papermaking techniques in Kyoto and villages in Central Japan, and to Sicily and Belgium, where he printed and taught papermaking workshops at the Frans Masereel International Graphic Centre (a connection to our concurrent exhibition, "Silents: Novels in Pictures"). In the early aughts, Don was living and working in Italy where he was the coordinator for the Syracuse University Studio Arts Program in Florence.

You'll see influences from all these places in this retrospective exhibition, which includes limited edition fine press books, one-of-a-kind artists' books, and handmade paper in book and sculptural form in both Western and Japanese traditions.


The Book Arts Gallery is located inside the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Our regular hours are Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Visits outside these hours are possible, by appointment. To schedule an appointment, fill out the form at the bottom of this page, or call (561) 297-4189.


This exhibition runs in the public areas of the Wimberly Library (not inside the Jaffe Center for Book Arts) and may be viewed any time during regular library hours. Summer semester hours are as follows: Monday to Thursday 7:40 AM to Midnight, Friday 7:40 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 10:30 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday Noon to Midnight. Closed Independence Day. View hours each day at the library's home page:


The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located on the third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

The I-95 interchange for Florida Atlantic University (Exit 48A) takes you directly from the interstate to FAU. Once you pass the traffic light at Spanish River Boulevard, you are on the FAU campus on FAU Boulevard. Continue to the traffic signal at the intersection of FAU Boulevard and University Drive (FAU Stadium will be on your right). Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left at the traffic signal at Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.

Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; look for the spaces that have numbers posted on signs at the head of the parking space. The meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card at the rate of $2 per hour.