Create your own journal in this hands-on, make-and-take workshop taught by the head of Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Max Yela. Learn techniques to make simple yet elegant books and hear remarkable stories about the origin of books, their power in our culture, and their potential to serve as outlets of creative resistance—as we see in The Book Smugglers exhibit.
Participants will walk away with two beautiful journals to keep for themselves or give as a hand-crafted gift.
DATE: Sunday, March 3, 2024
TIME: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Jewish Museum Milwaukee
COST: Museum Members $10 | Nonmembers $20 | All supplies included in ticket purchase
Max Yela has led UWM Libraries’ Special Collections–the premier public collection of rare books and special printed materials in southeastern Wisconsin–since 1994. The collection consists of over 100,000 printed items from the 15th century to the present, covering a wide range of subjects that hold long-term historical research potential for UWM academic programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Collecting strengths include American nursing history, the book as an art medium, comic books and zines, local and regional history, Native American literature, women’s and gender studies, and much more.
As head of the department, Max curates its holdings and creates programming around them, instructs as many as 100 visiting classes each year, provides research assistance, produces programs and exhibitions, and mentors interns. He has taught several courses at UWM, including History of Books & Printing in the School of Information Studies, and Book Arts Survey and Book Arts Concepts in the department of Art & Design, where he is currently a member of the graduate faculty. Outside of UWM, he has organized exhibitions, presented at conferences and workshops, and written catalog essays and reviews. For his many contributions to the arts community, he received the 2017 Wisconsin Visual Arts Achievement Award.