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Aaron Cohick Receives National Book Arts Award

Aaron Cohick, printer at The Press at Colorado College, recently received the Emerging Educator Award from the College Book Art Association, a national organization of educators, artists, and scholars working in the field of book arts.

The award is presented at the biennial conference to a newer educator who has contributed significantly to the academic development of the field by recognized teaching excellence, demonstrated through innovative teaching practices, high quality student work, papers or presentations at national conferences, and other substantial contributions to the education of book artists and the advancement of the field.

In addition to the being the printer at The Press at Colorado College, Cohick is an instructor at CC and the proprietor of NewLights Press, an independent publisher of experimental literature and artists' books. He received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002, and an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University in 2007. Cohick, who joined CC in 2010, has taught at the San Francisco Center for the Book and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and Naropa University summer writing program.

Cohick's nomination states that he has "a generosity of spirit that almost defies teaching as a profession - sharing information and ideas is simply the way he is in the world, and artists' books are the ideal vessel for such an embodiment of knowledge and creativity." The nomination also praises Cohick's organizational skills, resourcefulness, patience, ability to help students in need, and professionalism. Cohick's "commitment to his own research in addition to his inspiring role in the campus is exemplary," notes award nomination.

"I am honored and humbled by this award," Cohick said, "and I am very thankful for all of the fantastic students that I've had at every place that I have taught, for the support of my colleagues at CC, and most of all for the incredible, life-changing teachers that showed me what is possible. I try to honor the gifts that those teachers gave me. I am still learning from them."

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