Artists' Talks

As part of our annual workshop schedule many of our presenting artists also offer a free public lecture to offer insights into their art practice. It's a great preview for those who are signed up to attend the class that will follow. It also is an opportunity to meet well known book artists and learn a little about their focus and how they work.

Our Next Lecture:
Fran Kovac
The First Millennium in Bookbinding
Friday, June 23, 7:30 pm
La Jolla Map & Atlas Museum
7825 Fay Ave, Suite LL-A,
La Jolla, CA 92037


In this artist talk Fran Kovac will discuss early historic bindings from the 4th to 10th centuries. Fran, a bookbinder in private practice, is a highly respected book artist in the fields of historic and contemporary bindings. This presentation is not to be missed!

Fran Kovac has led workshops at Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio since 2009. She has studied bookbinding with Pamela Spitzmueller, Hedi Kyle, Jim Croft, Julia Miller, Daniel Essig, and Shanna Leino, among many others. Working primarily in wood and metal, Fran often adapts historic binding structures to contemporary applications.

Monthly Meetings

San Diego Book Arts holds monthly meetings at alternating library locations, offering the public an opportunity to learn about the medium of book arts, meet people with a shared interest, and discover all that SDBA has to offer. We invite the community to join with our members and their guests on the second Wednesday of the month for a fun-filled evening of book work and conversation. No art experience is necessary. A special feature is the Unfinished Object (UFO) salons, which offer time and encouragement for those who have projects that are just waiting to be finished.

Annual Meeting

In the first quarter of the year San Diego Book Arts holds its annual meeting. There is a small amount of business, a large amount of yummy refreshments, and an informative and inspiring presentation about book arts and art making. Several of our outstanding members whose books are widely collected have shared their work. We have also hosted collectors, small presses, and artists from around the country. The 2017 meeting was held Sunday, February 19, and featured Sibyl Rubottom, one of SDBA's founding members, speaking about her life in art and sharing a selection of her many artist's books.

2017 Annual Meeting, La Jolla Riford Library

If You Dive Deep Enough You Will Touch the Stars by Sibyl Rubottom