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Rebecca Chamlee

Rebecca Chamlee
Associate Professor
Teaches In
Communication Arts
Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honors, Communication Arts, Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California (1985)


Rebecca Chamlee is a self-taught naturalist, citizen scientist, writer, letterpress printer and book binder who has published letterpress printed fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie in the Sky Press since 1986. Her award-winning work is in prominent special and private collections and has been exhibited widely.
Rebecca joined Otis as an associate professor in 2002 to teach book arts classes including Introduction to Letterpress, Advanced Letterpress, Book Structures, Experimental Printmaking and Book Making Projects.
Rebecca’s limited edition books examine the intersection of her artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. As a life-long amateur naturalist, she studies the rich and diverse elements of the natural world that her native California has to offer. From the unique flora and fauna of the arid inland valley that she calls home to the rocky tidepools of her childhood; Rebecca is inspired to record, interpret and celebrate nature.


  • American Printing History Association
  • College Book Arts Association
  • Fine Press Book Association
  • Guild of Book Workers
  • Hand Bookbinders of California
  • Ladies of Letterpress
  • Nature Printing Society
  • San Diego Book Arts
  • Women of Letters
  • 2019, First Prize Award, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Decatur, Georgia, The Book as Art, Wonders, juried exhibition, giant: a deity with leaves artist's book
  • 2019, Otis College of Art and Design, Faculty development grant to travel to The Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven, ct to research Victorian women naturalists.
  • 2019, at low water, artist's book, featured in The Love of Letterpress, edition 2, Bloombury, A&C Black, Publisher
  • 2018, Runner-up and Purchase Prize, Sixteenth Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design, University of Texas at El Paso, University Library, Special Collections, at low water deluxe artist's book
  • 2017, Merit Award, The Book as Art 5.0: Illuminated, juried show, Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur, GA, at low water artist's book

Otis Faculty Development Grants: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2010, Spring 2007

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

Selected Exhibitions

  • May, 2020, The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, The Illustrated Accordion, online exhibition
  • February, 2020, San Fransisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, (retro)(intro)spection: moving past into the forward, juried exhibition
  • February, 2020, Loveland Artists Collective, ArtWorks, Loveland, Colorado, The HeArt of the Book, juried exhibiton
  • November, 2019, Robert C. Williams Papermaking Museum, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, Formation, Guild of Book Workers, juried exhibition
  • September, 2019 Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, Washington, The Book as Art: The Page and Beyond, invitational exhibition
  • August, 2019, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Formation, Guild of Book Workers juried exhibition

    Rebecca Chamlee CV