A low-residency, intensive year round program providing the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a successful studio.

Mary Phelan
Associate Professor
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS, College of Saint Rose
Mary Phelan has been a member of the faculty at the University of the Arts since 1981. She served as director of the MFA Book Arts + Printmaking program from 1990-99 and coordinated the undergraduate Printmaking/Book Arts program from 2005 - 2008. Phelan continues to teach classes in letterpress, printmaking, book concepts and professional practices, in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. In 2002 she helped establish a letterpress studio at Swarthmore College, where she teaches a book arts class once a year.

Over the years she has taught workshops at such institutions as Penland School of Craft and Women's Studio Workshop. She regularly curates exhibitions on contemporary book arts; her most recent exhibition, Social Remarques, was shown at the University of the Arts during the SGC International Conference in March 2010. Examining issues of social injustice, the exhibition featured artists from around the world.

Additionally, Phelan established the Irish Pig Press in 1978 while studying in Madison, Wisconsin. Since that time she has published her own work as well as collaborating on projects with other artists. Projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are part of many museum and university collections, such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt, the New York Public Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In 2008 she was a founding member of the College Book Art Association and served as Treasurer from 2008-2011.