The University of Iowa Center for the Book has received a $160,000 grant from a private foundation, continuing a pattern of support from the anonymous donor.
The grant will fund graduate student fellowships and the creation of a studio technician/lab coordinator position, starting in the 2011–12 academic year. This donation continues a string of fund-raising successes and grant recognition for this program. Since 2006, the Center for the Book has earned in direct donations to its program four times its annual operating budget, reflecting its entrepreneurial spirit.
Principal investigator and UI book arts lecturer Julia Leonard notes that the donor has helped the Center for the Book succeed by maintaining unique facilities, funding excellent students, and permitting faculty to focus on undergraduate and graduate teaching.
The Center for the Book, a program within the Graduate College, will begin offering a Master of Fine Arts degree in the book arts next fall, admitting 11 students in the first cohort. Students also can earn a graduate certificate in book arts, book technologies, and book studies.