Walter Hamady

Walter Hamady

Walter Hamady

Born in 1940 in Flint, Michigan, Walter Hamady is a book artist, educator, publisher, and poet known for his tactile and witty approach to bookmaking and collage. As the founder of influential Perishable Press Limited and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Hamady has been a leader in field for decades. He acquired a love for printed materials early in his childhood, citing his mother’s extensive book and magazine collection as an original inspiration. He received his BFA from Wayne State University (1964) and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1966). In 1964 while working towards his MFA, Hamady launched Perishable Press. Through the press, he has published 128 volumes, including works of his own and those of many contemporaries. He joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1966, and hebecame an influential voice in the art department until his retirement in 1996. Hamady received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for his work at Perishable Press (1976, 1978, and 1980) and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fund in 1969. His work has been collected by institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the New York Public Library. Hamady was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2006.