Keith Smith has been making artist’s books since 1967 and has made over 200 books, most of them unique objects. His work in included in countless private and public collections including the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Boston Athenæum, the Getty Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Fogg Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House. In 1988 he had a major retrospective of his work at the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts.

Keith was born in Indiana in 1938, received a B.A.E. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.

In addition to his own artwork, Keith has produced a large body of instructional material and has a large following of younger artists:

The contribution of [Keith] Smith, and others who have taught extensively…is a visible feature of artists’ books in their current incarnation.

Johanna Drucker
The Century of Artists Books


He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Visual Studies Workshop, and the University of Illinois.  He is also the author of eight classic instructional works: Structure of the Visual Book, Text in the Book Format, Bookbinding for Book Artists, and the five volumes of Non-Adhesive Binding.


Books with Keith Smith available from Boreas Fine Art:

Smith, Keith.  Book 91, String Book.  Rhinebeck: Spaceheater Editions.  1982.



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