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Jim Machacek
San Diego, CA

Jim Machacek has been creating artworks in printmaking, artist books, drawing and mixed media for three decades. His artwork has been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries nationwide and in international exhibitions in Japan, Mexico, Canada and Hungary. His artist books are in special collections at the Athenaeum in LaJolla, the Tate Library in London, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, SDSU, Brown University, Stanford University, Yale University, the University of Iowa and many other public and private collections around the country. He holds a MFA in printmaking from C.W. Post/Long Island University, a BFA from Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and a BA in journalism from Creighton University. He has lived in San Diego since 1984 and is currently teaching in the art department at San Diego Mesa College where he co-founded Mesa Arts Press to promote the art of fine printing in the production of artists’ books, prints, and ephemera. Other teaching appointments include UC San Diego Extension, Athenaeum School of the Arts, Southwestern College and Boston Museum School. Jim is also co–founder and master printer at Bay Park Press, a San Diego collaborative print and letterpress studio. He is a member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, the Center for Book Arts in New York and San Diego Book Arts.

Jim Machacek's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
2004 Artist Member Juried Exhibition
 juried by Mindell Dubansky & Milan Hughston
(2003) Letterpress
2002 Artist Members' Juried Exhibition
Abecedarium of the Universe, The
(2001) Somerset book paper, Fabriano Rusapina, Rives BFK, letterpress printed from handset type and polymer plates, digital images
This day in history . . .
 the 1995 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Secret Discoveries of the Apollo Space Missions
The Anthropomorphic Book
 the 1994 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Skin Flick
Collage of Japanese paper, magazine clippings, lithograph. 4 pages in fabric checkbook style folds.
Inky Fingers
 works by small & fine presses
(1992) Book featureing original alphabet sentences set in 18 pt. Gil Sans in one directin and 14 pt. Litho Roman in the other, with engraved illustrations. The cover image comes from a passage on the natural history of reptiles found in a Czechoslovakian textbook inherited from the Machacek grandfather.

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