Reg Beatty
176 John Street, studio 511, Toronto, Ont. M5T 1X5
(416) 591-8801

Date and place of birth:
1958, London, Ontario

BFA (Honours) York University 1976-8, 1992-3.
Studied bookbinding with Don Taylor and Betsy Palmer Eldridge in Toronto, and Louise
Genest in Montreal.
Currently working towards his MA in the Communication and Culture program at Ryerson/York

Has operated a studio in Toronto since 1992.
Currently is a Research Assistant on The Yellow Nineties Online (

Has taught bookbinding workshops for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG), The Japanese Paper Place in Toronto, Au Papier Japonais in Montreal, The Kootenay School of the Arts in British Columbia, and Series at Red Deer College, Alberta (2000-2004).
Guest artist at Emily Carr University’s Book Art Institute, July 2010
Teaches Book Design for the York University/Sheridan Joint Program in Design and Book Arts at OCAD University

Solo Exhibition (with Francis Mariani):
“Ending in a Book: Reading after McLuhan” (, an installation as part of McLuhan100 at the International Festival Of Authors, York Quay, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto,
October 19 – 30 2011

Group Exhibitions:
“Experience the Modern Through Literature and Art”: Symposium and Exhibit, Ryerson University,
March 28, 2011
“Invitation to a Modernist Soiree: Six Installations Celebrating Modernist Salon Culture”, Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre, Ryerson University, November 29, 2010 to January 30, 2011
“The Nature of Words” (, “*new* gallery”, Toronto, September 15-26, 2010. Douglas Library,
Queen’s University, Kingston, October 13 to December 22, 2010. John M. Parrott Art Gallery, Bellville,
February 1-28, 2011, Grimsby Public Art Gallery,?Grimsby,?April 1 – May 15, 2011,?CBBAG Book Arts Fair,?Ottawa Chapter,?Library & Archives Canada, ?Ottawa,?Saturday, June 11, 2011
“Book Variations”, York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, September 27 to November 8, 2008
“World Washi Summit”, Toronto, June 7 to 15, 2008
“The Power of Two”, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Dec. 7, 2006 to Feb. 24, 2007
“Seongnam International Book Arts Fair”, Seoul, Korea, April 21-30, 2007
“Informal Bookworks”, Open Studio, Toronto. Part of Nuits Blanches. Sept. 2-30, 2006. B45 Gallery Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, NY, November 16 to December 12, 2006
“Bound to Art”, organized by ARA Canada, Chateau Ramezay, Montreal. Sept. 21 – Nov. 27 2005.
“Society of Bookbinders International Competition 2005”, University of Bath, England, Aug.2005.
“Art of the Book ‘03” juried, organized by CBBAG, touring
2003-2005, opened at the York Quay Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto, 19 September 2003.
“Ink paper lead, board leather thread: an exhibition of hand-printed
books and fine bindings by the Loving Society of Letterpress Printers and the Binders of
Infinite Love” Toronto Reference Library, 19 January-17 March 2002, Douglas Library,
Queen’s University, 22 March-30-April 2002, “Books made by hand: ink paper lead, board
leather thread:” Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, University of Guelph, 16 January-16
March, 2003.
“Books on the make”, Bookworks by the Loving Society of Letterpress Printers and the
Binders of Infinite Love, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, 2-24 November 2001.
“Lamentable Expedients: Imagining the Fourth Dimension” curated by Donald Brackett,
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, 18 Oct. – 4 Nov. 2000.
“Millennium in a Box” organized by CBBAG, Toronto, summer 2000.
“Washi: the Ancient Renewed”, Japanese Paper Place Warehouse, Toronto, 5-13 May 2000.
“Alien Welcoming Station”, Danielson Gallery, Albert White Gallery, Toronto, April 2000.
“Le Rêve Italien”, Lévis, Québec, 24 Sept. – 31 Oct. 1999.
“L’Infinito”, international bookbinding competition organized by Cav. Antonio Toccaceli,
Macerata, Italy, 12 Sept. – 30 Oct. 1998; Paris, France, Feb. – Mar. 1999.
“Art of the Book ‘98” juried, organized by CBBAG, touring 1998-2000, opened at the Toronto Reference Library 11 June 1998.
“In Sync: Canadian Artists using Washi” curated by Nancy Jacobi, Tosa Washi Kogei-mana,
Inomachi, Kochi, Japan, 15-29 July 1996; The Japan Foundation, Toronto, 25 Sept. 9 Oct. 1996.
“5th Forum international de la reliure d’art (ARA), Montréal, Québec, fall 1996.
“Box”, Duverre, Toronto, 1996.
“Boxed-in: Book Boxes & Box Objects by members of CBBAG”, Metro Toronto Reference
Library, 7 Oct. – 3 Nov. 1995.
Redwoods Book Arts Conference, Eureka, California, summer 1995.
“Contemporary Bookworks” organized by CBBAG for the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, 25 April-9 June 1995.
“The Book as Art” Durham Art Gallery, 10 Aug.-28 Sept. 1994.
“The Art of the Book ‘93” organized CBBAG, touring 1993-4.


Part of CraftTalks panel with Shannon Gerard and Greg Van Alstyne, “Books, Paper, ePublishing”, OCAD,
October 12, 2010

“On the Edge of Reading”
(Lecture and Web 2.0 presentation)
July, 2010, Book Arts Institute at Emily Carr

“From the Outside In: Designing Better Books”
(Lecture and Web 2.0 presentation)
July, 2010, University of Victoria, B.C.

“Uploading Morris”
(Lecture and Web 2.0 presentation)
The William Morris Society of Canada Symposium:
“The Art of the Book” Design and Craft in 19-century Britain and 21-century Canada
March 2009, University College, University of Toronto

“Hitting the books: Networked learning and social publishing”
(Lecture and Web 2.0 presentation with David Gelb)
Design Colloquium/Master of Design 08/09
October 2008, York University

Article: “Kelmscott for the Kindle”, Book Arts arts du livre Canada, Volume 2, Number 1, 2011.
Article, “Dance of the Munro Covers”, Quill and Quire April 2007
Article, “Blake for Book Artists”. CBBAG Newsletter Vol.22 No.2 Spring 2004, pp. 16-17
Article, “Tarzan’s Library”. CBBAG Newsletter Vol.21 No.2 Spring 2003, pp. 16-17
Review, “Fine Printing: the Private Press in Canada”. DA [The Devil’s Artisan] 39, Fall 1996, pp. 28-29.

2nd prize in the “Complete Book” category, Society of Bookbinders Competition, England, 2005
“King Orfeo”, The Bookbinders Warehouse Award for Fine Binding, Art of the Book ‘98

CBBAG: President 1999-2001
Vice-president 1996-1998

Some Online Work:

Teaching Websites:
York University: