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OUR BOARD

Valeria Kremser
President

Valeria Kremser is a book conservation technician, artist, and educator, born and raised in Philadelphia.

She currently works in the Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

In her free time, she makes handmade paper, paper-based jewelry, miniature books, and prints about animals. She is also on the board of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.

Kara Petreglia
Secretary

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 Membership and Development Coordinator for the Friends of the Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia and spends time in her studio thinking about salt, water, and paper.

Karen Lightner
President Emeritus, Membership

Karen is a photographer and book artist. She earns her living as a librarian and is currently the Head of the Art and Literature Departments at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She earned an MFA in Photography and Book Arts from Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY-Buffalo way back in 1981.

Amanda D’Amico
Board Member at Large

Amanda is a book artist, writer, printer, and offset enthusiast. She manages the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts and the Digital Imaging Labs at the University of the Arts where she graduated from the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking program in 2007.

Susan Viguers
Board Member at Large

Susan Viguers is a professor in the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program at the University of the Arts and recently stepped down as the director of that program. She came to art making late in her life, her first career being that of a writer and scholar. She has published extensively—scholarship (primarily in Renaissance drama), creative non-fiction, and poetry. Her artist’s books have been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions and are included in many public institutions, both in the United States and abroad. She is one of the founding board members of the Philadelphia Center for the Book.

Caitlin Perkins
Co-founder of PCB

Caitlin draws heavily on the visual vernacular of urban streets and historical collections in her prints, artist books and installations. A member of Space 1026, she works as Manager of Adult Programs at Fleisher Art Memorial.

Jude Robison
Co-founder of PCB

Jude makes sculptural books and teaches books arts, with a special interest in working with classroom teachers. She is still figuring out what she want to do when she grows up.