The Virginia Arts of the Book Center is a community of artists exploring books, paper, and printmaking through a hands-on studio of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. We cultivate an appreciation of the arts of the book, visual and verbal literacy, and creativity while  fostering traditional and contemporary skills.

To this end we operate a working studio and print shop to which community members may gain access and through which they can gain training in the art and crafts of printing, printmaking, and book arts. We strive to bring professional artists into contact with students, interns, and community members.

Please check our calendar for upcoming classes and events.

Members and visitors are welcome upon appointment or during open hours. Access to the equipment for type-setting and printing is reserved for those taking an organized class or for members who have earned a “drivers license” on the equipment. Open hours are valuable to absorb information on how the shop and equipment is run. Members are responsible for earning a “drivers license” after taking drop-in workshops and introductory courses.

The current licensing instructor is our program director,  Garrett Queen. Members are expected to keep in good standing by upholding the shop use guidelines.

Full membership guidelines here.

For more information please contact   or call us at (434) 882-4127

The VABC is located:
“Beneath the Art Box”  2125 Ivy Road, Suite 5
Charlottesville VA 22903

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