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OUR BOARD

Kara Petraglia
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.

Amanda D’Amico
Secretary

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.

Alina Josan
Free Library of Philadelphia Liaison

Alina Josan has called Philadelphia home for over twenty years, finding time to make artwork while working in dozens of local archives, conservation labs and libraries. She studied painting and art history at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and library science at Drexel University. As an Art Department librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia, she continues the tradition of extensive collaboration with the Philadelphia Center for the Book.