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1890 Bryant Street, #308
San Francisco, CA 94110

Artist Books are a wonderfully diverse genre and my work is much the same. I'm fascinated by structures and boxes, both traditional and invented. Most of the books included here have some unique sculptural or spacial element to them.



The 5th Annual Altered Book/Book Arts Exhibition

Rhiannon Alpers

April 19 - May 24, 2014

 The Altered Book Show/Silent Auction includes over 100 Bay Area Artists who use discarded books to create unique “book art objects.” The bookworks are offered in a Silent Auction for five weeks, closing with a Live Auction where they are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

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Picture This: Six San Francisco Illustrators

Rhiannon Alpers

anuary 30th 2014 - April 11th 2014
Curated By: Rhiannon Alpers and Peter Linenthal
FeaturedArtists: Rhiannon Alpers, John Hersey, Peter Linenthal, Wendy MacNaughton, Shannon May, Jane Wattenberg

Illustrators continue one of the oldest human traditions: making
story-telling pictures. Both prehistoric images painted on cave walls and medieval illuminated manuscripts show the work of the human hand, but we live in a different world. The invention of printing and advances in
reproduction techniques bring us images that are less handmade, and computer programs can generate images on their own. The fact that a person actually made the pictures we see is less and less obvious.

Paradoxically, pictures have become increasingly powerful and pervasive in our interconnected world. Books, offering a sustained engagement and physical experience electronic media can’t give, are printed more than ever before. In graphic novels and manga, illustration becomes more important than text. We live in a visual age where pictures constantly bridge cultural borders.

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STEAMED: Faculty Art Tri-Annual Exhibition

Rhiannon Alpers

“STEAMED” features innovative artworks by the Department of Art + Architecture Faculty that explore realms of the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines and reveals the ways in which artists experiment, investigate and solve problems much like scientists.

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KLRM Radio Interview

Rhiannon Alpers

Interview with the Beer Geek's on Oct 30 2013

Click the link above to hear the interview.

Chris Nelson is host of KRML's newest Sunday lifestyles program "Pub Talk with the Beer Geek and Friends," recorded live each Wednesday at Peter B's Brewpub inside the Portola Hotel & Spa. Nelson is one of the most experienced beer travelers in the world. For nearly two decades, Chris and his wife Merideth have traveled the world together looking for the next great beer experience. Chris has visited almost 800 different breweries throughout North America, Western Europe, and Australia. Their adventures are chronicled through travelogues and videos on as well as a book, Teachings From The Tap, written by Merideth.

About KRML:
 KRML-AM 1410 is a commercial Jazz music station in the Carmel, Calif. area. It is owned by CVAC, Inc. KRML was the setting for the 1971 Clint Eastwood film Play Misty For Me. KRML-AM uses the slogan "Jazz by the Sea." The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the station's programs are locally produced and music-intensive. For more information, please visit:


500 Handmade Books, Volume 2

Rhiannon Alpers

A new book our from the 500 series, and I'm thrilled to have to 2 pieces selected in it. Out September 3rd, it's available on and other book sales sites. I'm featured on pages 219 and 297 of the book. 

 Everyone who loved the original 500 Handmade Books will eagerly dip into this visually dynamic follow-up. 
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Narrative Threads: Abecedarian Gallery

Rhiannon Alpers

Narrative Threads

June 21- August 2, 2013
Abecedarian Gallery, Denver

The works in Narrative Threads utilize visible threads (as opposed to the structural/functional use of thread for binding) to tell their tales. Of intimate scale, the narrative each presents take a back seat to the tactile invitations extended by color, texture and sheer loveliness.

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The Art of the Book: Seager Gray Gallery

Rhiannon Alpers

The Art of the Book: 8th Annual Exhibition of Handmade Artist Books, Altered Books and Book-related Materials

MAY 1 - MAY 31, 2013
23 Sunnyside Avenue, Mill Valley, CA
Reception for the artists: Friday, May 3, 6-8pm 

With 35 artists in the exhibition, the goal is to explore every approach possible, from sublime fine press offerings to those who use books themselves as material to even broader conceptual uses of books that explore our associations to their form, content and physical presence.

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Innovations in Contemporary Crafts

Rhiannon Alpers

March 23-  June 1, 2013   
Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA

Innovations in Contemporary Crafts is a juried exhibition of California artists. The show explores innovations in the traditional craft mediums of ceramics, wood, glass, metal, fiber, enamel, paper and jewelry. We survey artists who are forward thinking in their approach to materials and application. The juror is Monica Moses, Editor in Chief of American Craft magazine.

Read More : an unexpected interview

Rhiannon Alpers

Earlier this fall..... The people from also associated with Mythbusters stopped by SFCB to shoot a video about letterpress.

"We visit the San Francisco Center for the Book to learn about letterpress printing and earn another maker merit badge. We're shown how modern letterpress practice uses a combination of century-old machines and new technology, and put those lessons to use in designing and making our new Tested business cards!"


Exploding the Codex : Exhibition and Lightning Talks

Rhiannon Alpers

Exploding the Codex: The Theater of the Book
June 1- August 31, 2012
held at San Francisco Center for the Book

Exploding the Codex explores information and presentation: in our lifetime, we have seen an incredible change in the way information is presented. As information becomes digitized, our relationship to information and access is evolving. The form of information is a large part of how we interpret the story. Despite the proliferation of digital information, there will always be room in our lives for theater, and for the privacy of the printed word and the luxury of paper between our fingertips. Books are monuments to consciousness and begin collective conversations that evolve our culture and our perception of ourselves in the world. As the Codex explodes so does our perception of our place in the world.

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San Diego Book Arts 4th National Juried Exhibition

Rhiannon Alpers

San Diego Book Arts Fourth National Juried Exhibition
May 26 - July 8, 2012
held at University of California San Diego, Geisel Library 



The San Diego Book Arts will hold their Third National Juried Exhibition of works of art in book form at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library from May 29 to July 4, 2010.  The exhibition, which is co-sponsored by UCSD’s Mandeville Special Collections Library, will feature more than 60 works of art, ranging from limited edition fine press books and mixed media art objects to silkscreen and woodcut works that take their creative cue from the book format.  

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