2017 MCBA Prize Juror Bios

Simon Goode

Simon Goode founded London Centre for Book Arts in 2011 with fellow artist Ira Yonemura. Goode, who graduated in Book Arts and Crafts from London College of Communication in 2006, says that the official opening of LCBA was the culmination of seven years of planning, with the catalyst being his three-month road trip visiting America’s many dedicated spaces for book arts, papermaking, bookbinding, and typesetting, including MCBA.

Steven Daiber

Red Trillium Press/ Aqui en la lucha is the work of Steven Daiber based in Massachusetts. Daiber has worked with books for more than twenty years. He has been to Cuba regularly since 2001 and has facilitated dialogue between Cuban and foreign artists. His books create real, metaphorical objects: palaces of the memory in which each element underscores a meaning. The artists Daiber represents and the books he creates in collaboration with Cuban artists tell stories of the lived reality in Cuba in the 21st century.

Daiber’s professional work as an artist originated with training in drawing and painting, with a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1981 and a B.F.A. from the University of Delaware in 1978. His books are in the collections at MoMA, Cuban Heritage Collection: University of Miami, Stanford, Yale, The British Art Museum, and the Museo National de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba to name but a few.

Karen Kunc

Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world in her prints and artist books, creating ideas of ‘strange beauty’.  Kunc is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she has taught since 1983. Awards include Fulbright Scholar Awards to Finland and Bangladesh, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship.  Her works have been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally and are held in numerous private, public and university collections. She has taught workshops nationally around the world, in Egypt, Italy, Finland, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, France, Mexico, Iceland; and she has lectured as a visiting artist to over 200 institutions.  In 2014 she opened Constellation Studios as a creative work-site for print, paper, and book, inviting artists for residencies, workshops, collaborations, exhibitions.