Current Exhibitions & Events:
Opening Reception for Contemporary Arabic Graffiti and Lettering
Ranch Gates of the Southwest: Manifestations of Individualism
Diamond Leaves: Printing in Progress
One of the few remaining block printed dharani scrolls, The Hyakumanto Dharani Scroll (Nara, Japan, 764-770 AD) is one of the oldest surviving examples of printing on paper. Hyakuman means “one million” in Japanese. One million pagodas were built between 764 and 770 AD to house one million scrolls of mulberry paper with part of a Buddhist sutra called a dharani (charm) block printed on them.
Schedule Your Tour
Schedule a guided tour today!
During our guided tours, visitors participate in the hands-on printing of a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible pulled from a replica press, then move to the printing of the Declaration of Independence on a 19th-century Columbian iron handpress. Our tours complement a wide range of study, from science and technology to English language arts, from history to fine arts.
Classes & Workshops
Every Spring and Fall, we offer a full schedule of affordable classes, including letterpress, lithography, bookbinding, papermaking, and silkscreen. Join us in the Summer for the annual Book Arts Studio and learn to make books by hand. Sessions are available for children, adults, and families. Please check here for current class offerings.