Photo By Jim Dryden
Book Box Print Poem:
The Right Place for Things
an essay by Thomas O'Sullivan
Jody Williams is a book artist, printmaker, teacher and writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She publishes artists books under the name Flying Paper Press, exhibits her work nationwide, and teaches classes and workshops in book arts and printmaking.
Williams grew up near Chicago. She studied at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, earning her BA cum laude in 1978. She holds an MFA in printmaking from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Williams has published more than 24 limited editions of artists books under the Flying Paper Press imprint since 1989. Her books feature her own writings, integrated with intaglio, relief, and screenprinting on fine papers, traditional and innovative bindings and structures, and unexpected elements like metals and natural specimens.
Williams teaches printmaking and book arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She has taught workshops and presented lectures at museums and colleges across the United States and in Europe. Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Minnesota Historical Society, and numerous other museums, universities, and libraries.
Honors include Jerome Foundation fellowships, grants and awards from the Minnesota Craft Council, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a major commission for the Carleton College library, the Nancy Gast Riss Carleton Cabinet of Wonders. She has held residencies at the Frans Masereel Printmaking Center, in Kasterlee, Belgium, ArtPark, in Lewiston, New York, and Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. In 2008, Jody Williams received the first Minnesota Book Artist Award from the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, and in 2013 she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant.