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OUR BOARD

Kara Petreglia
President

Kara Petraglia is a book artist, writer, and nonprofit fundraiser, with a BFA in Painting from the University of Florida, and an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts. Kara grew up in South Florida, only to return to her New York roots in 2007. After pursuing a career in nonprofit arts fundraising and services, Kara decided to return to the studio, relocating to the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Currently, she is the Associate Director of Development and Data Analytics for the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, and spends time in her studio thinking about salt, water, and time.

Marianne Dages
Treasurer

Marianne Dages is a Philadelphia based artist investigating the crossroads between image, language, and thought. Her work is held in public collections including the MOMA Library, Yale University Library, and SAIC Chicago. In 2015, she had a solo exhibition at Print Gallery Tokyo. She’s been an artist in residence at Herhusid in Iceland, Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency in Germany, and Wells College. Marianne teaches letterpress and bookbinding and publishes artists’ books under the name Huldra Press.

Karen Lightner
President Emeritus, Membership

Karen Lightner is a photographer and book artist. She retired in 2018 after a 35 year career as a librarian with the Free Library of Philadelphia. She worked in the Rare Book Department, was Curator of the Print & Picture Collection, and Head of the Art & Literature Collection. She earned an MFA in Photography and Book Arts from Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY-Buffalo way back in 1981. She has recently been exploring where she is as an artist and learning new skills.

Amanda D’Amico
Board Member at Large

Amanda D’Amico is a book artist working under the imprint Tiny Revolutionary Press. She is the Master Printer at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, and teaches at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and The Soapbox: Community Print Shop and Zine Library, is the Vice Co-Chair of Events for the College Book Art Association, and is an artist member of the Impractical Laborers in Service of the Speculative Arts. Her artist’s books have been collected and exhibited nationally.

Susan Viguers
Board Member at Large

Susan Viguers is Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts. On retirement, she stepped down as director of the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program. She came to art making late in her life, her first career being that of a writer, scholar, and teacher of English. She has published scholarship (primarily in Renaissance drama), creative non-fiction, and poetry. Her artist books have been shown in numerous exhibitions and are included in over 50 Special Collections in the United States and abroad. She is one of the founding board members of the Philadelphia Center for the Book.