Bookbinder Daniel E. Kelm with one of his Artist's Books
photograph by Greta D. Sibley


Daniel E. Kelm was trained in Chemistry and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. After receiving a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Philosophy, he remained at the University, serving in various research and teaching positions for the next five years. In 1978 he began his explorations of bookbinding at the University of Minnesota Library Bindery. From 1978 to 1983 he served apprenticeships and worked in binderies across the country, learning increasingly specialized traditional bookbinding techniques. He opened his own studio, The Wide Awake Garage, in 1983, and The Garage Annex School of Book Arts, in 1990.

In addition to teaching at The Garage Annex School, Kelm has taught classes across the country including courses at Brown University; Center for Book Arts, New York; Mills College; Minnesota Center for Book Arts; Oregon College of Arts and Crafts; Rhode Island School of Design; San Francisco State University; Smith College; Syracuse University; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; University of Michigan; and West Virginia University, among many others. His work is represented in collections around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum; Museum van het Boek, The Hague; The Getty Center; The Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry, Miami, FLA; The Houghton Library, Harvard University; the New Yourk Public Library; Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; and the Library of Congress.