One of the most exciting things happening here on campus this winter is the construction of a new Book Arts & Alternative Process Studio, which will be complete in just a few weeks.

Part of a from-the-studs-up renovation of the lower level of the Ernst Haas building, the studio is dedicated to enhancing our Book Arts & Design program, introduced in 2007 by former Maine Media President Charles Altschul. The studio will house a raft of exceptional book arts equipment including Vandercook proofing presses, multiple book presses, a photopolymer platemaker, composing stone and base, stamping press, bookbinding sewing frame, and much more. The Alternative Process Lab being renovated in the adjacent space embraces the resurging interest in 19th century historic photographic techniques including tintype, collodion, gum bichromate, and calotype. It's a veritable cornucopia for "maker" enthusiasts and photographers alike! 

The new studio will allow our students to exponentially expand their opportunities here, by exploring, blending, and combining these age-old techniques in tandem with the most cutting-edge image technology available. Take a picture on an iPhone, use a special printer to create a digital negative of that image, print the image using a historic process, and overlay letterpress onto the final image or bind multiple prints into a hand-bound book. It's the marriage of old and new.  

For those of you who have already had a chance to look over our latest catalog, you'll see loads of new book arts, design, and alternative process courses taught by world-class instructors. We know you are going to love experimenting and creating in this gorgeous new space!