Advisory Council

Jamie Alexander

Jamie Alexander is the owner/director of Park Life Store and Gallery in San Francisco which opened in 2006. He has been a patron of the Bay Area arts for over 20 years and has served extended time as a board member of Headlands Center for the Arts and Creative Growth (Oakland). Jamie is also the founder of the SF Art Book Fair. He studied Design and Social Ecology at University of CA Irvine.

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Kathy Barr

Kathy Barr is a non-profit consultant. She was most recently the Executive and Artistic Director of Old First Concerts. Prior to that position she was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Center for the Book. She holds a B.A. from Bard College and a Masters Degree in the Book Arts from Mills College. She is the proprietress of Small Plot Press. 

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Alix Christie

Alix Christie is an author, critic and journalist. She apprenticed as a printer to her grandfather, the late Lester Lloyd, the longtime foreman of Mackenzie & Harris, now M&H Type, as well as to James Robertson at the Yolla Bolly Press. Her 2014 debut novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Prize and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a masters of journalism from UC Berkeley and earned a M.F.A. in fiction from St Mary’s College of California. Christie is at work on a memoir and currently reviews books and arts for The Economist.

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Theodore Gioia

Theodore Gioia is a critic and writer. His work has appeared in The BelieverThe American Scholar, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Currently, he is writing a book of essays about the evolution of California culture framed through food and art. Theodore is also the former Partnerships Director of McSweeney's, the co-curator of the "Rising Writers" series at the Mechanics Institute, the founder of the Forktongue website, and a juror on the California Book Awards. He is a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.

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Amelia Grounds

Amelia is the Acquisitions and Curatorial Support Coordinator at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. She has worked at numerous libraries and special collection in the Bay Area and the UK and is especially interested in the materiality and history of book making from early manuscripts through to contemporary artists’ books and concrete poetry.

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Jennifer Morla

Jennifer Morla is President and Creative Director of Morla Design, a multidisciplinary design firm located in San Francisco. With over 300 awards of excellence, her work has been recognized by virtually every organization in the field of visual communication. Jennifer lectures and judges internationally, has taught at California College of the Arts for over 20 years, and is the recipient of graphic design's most honored awards: The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Award, and the AIGA Medal. Her book, Morla : Design, published by Letterform Archive, offers insight into her creative process and shares 150 of her studio’s projects in print, branding, packaging, web, and environmental design.

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Kathleen Rydar

Kathleen’s passion for saving and restoring sight began with her father’s struggle with macular degeneration. Devoting her career to community service, she has been President of That Man May See, foundation for Ophthalmology at UCSF, for the past 15 years. She, the faculty of UCSF Ophthalmology, and the University have attracted over $177 million to construct a new Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision at Mission Bay, which opens in early 2020. In 2005, the Bay Area Association for Fundraising Professionals presented Kathleen with the Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Professional award, which recognized her lifetime commitment to making the world better through nonprofit development. Her parallel passion is letterpress printing and bookbinding. She studies annually at Atelier Alma Charta near Parma, Italy, and works from her studio, Il Pavone Press, in San Francisco.

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Steve Woodall

Steve Woodall is the collections specialist for artists’ books at the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, where he is heading a project to create greater public and scholarly engagement with the Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books. In that capacity he curates exhibitions, produces symposiums, and creates content for media-rich websites. From 2008-2015 he was director of Columbia College Chicago's Center for Book and Paper Arts, and from 1996-2008 artistic director at the San Francisco Center for the Book.

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Robin Wright

Robin Wright is the founder and director of RITE Editions. She has produced limited editions by conceptual artists in a variety of mediums since 2007. The most recent RITE Edition publication “Steven Leiber Catalogs” was launched in NYC at Printed Matter in September 2019 and is featured in a related exhibition in the PM galleries in October. She is a long time SFMOMA Board member and has worked on a number of collection and museum expansion initiatives since 1992. Robin is also on the Executive Committee of MoMA’s International Council and the Global Council of the Cleveland Art Museum.

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