Each year the Jaffe Center for Book Arts chooses an individual for The Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program, which funds a working residency for one academic year at Florida Atlantic University.
This year, JCBA staff unanimously selected Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder, a book artist who is based in San Antonio, Texas, as the recipient.
Schroeder graduated from Mills College with her Masters in Fine Arts in book art and creative writing in 2015, and has a variety of book art experience. She was a studio assistant for Julie Chen, a world-renowned book artist and educator, at Flying Fish Press. Schroeder is also currently an edition bookbinder at BookLab II with Craig Jensen, and she is the proprietor of Coyote Bones Press.
During the artist’s time with the Jaffe Center, the resident is expected to complete a creative project that should include some aspect of the book arts.
“We have a very broad definition of the Book at JCBA, and we welcome each artist's unique approach and perspective,” said John Cutrone, Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. “If you think there's a connection, there probably is.”
Ultimately, it was Schroeder’s proposed Salzberg Residency creative project that won the selection committee’s votes. Schroeder plans to create a limited edition artists’ book about the dusky seaside sparrow, a Florida bird declared extinct in 1990.
“Our selection committee unanimously agreed that Keri's poetic approach to the narrative and its imagery––even the reduction print method of its printing, a sort of metaphoric reminder of the bird's extinction––made this a timely project that we wanted to help bring to fruition,” said Cutrone.
Schroeder will be joining the Jaffe Center for the 2019-2020 school year. During her time with the FAU Libraries, there will be multiple opportunities to meet and learn from Schroeder.
The Salzberg Artist in Residence Program was established in 2011 by poet and artist Helen M. Salzberg. The program was created to encourage artists from all over the world to come to JCBA to be inspired and to inspire. That’s why the application pool draws international candidates, like last year’s recipient Merike Van Zanten from the Netherlands.
To read more about the Salzberg Artist in Residence Program, and more about past recipients head to the Jaffe Center’s website.