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Book Arts is the culmination of  the collective efforts of gifted American and Florentine bookbinders,
conservators, book artists, letterpress printers and leather craftsmen. Inspired by the classic Florentine atelier
and a 100 year old legacy, Book Arts coalesces a life-time of experience to make available timeless products,
and uncompromising services employing the arts of fine binding.




JOHN PAUL GREENAWALT, principal artist, has devoted his career to the book arts. Mr. Greenawalt was classically trained by Merriweather Post’s master bookbinder, Nicholas S. Chepuras, for over 20 years. Mr. Greenawalt has received numerous accolades for his design of fine bindings and related objets d’art. Presidents G.H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, G. W. Bush and Barack Obama have used numerous Greenawalt pieces as gifts to foreign heads of state. His work, by now, is in virtually every presidential palace in the world.

Mr. Greenawalt has designed entire collections for Tiffany’s, Mark Cross, and Pineider 1774. Other clients range from Princeton University and NASA, to the National Gallery of Art and the Vatican. In 2003, Mr. Greenawalt formed The Book Arts Conservatory, which is committed to the vigorous flourishing of the book arts. Following the induction of one work into the Rare Book Collection of the Library of Congress, John Paul was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Hermitage Museum Foundation, in 2010. Mr. Greenawalt has his B.S. from the University of Maryland University College.


STEPHEN L. VANILIO was born into a family of art book binders with a legacy of more than 100 years. Mr. Vanilio was imbued--from an early age-- with a reverence for books, fine book design, and an appreciation for their power to be provocative. Mr. Vanilio has created fine bindings and other objects for Presidents Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush, and Obama personally, and as state gifts presented to foreign heads of state. His work is in numerous palaces, institutional libraries and private collections throughout the world.

Other clients have included notables in the worlds of the arts, entertainment and industry, foreign governments, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Smithsonian, and the Vatican.  In 2010, Mr. Vanilio was appointed to the Hermitage Museum Foundation Advisory Board. Mr. Vanilio received his A.B. from Kenyon College, and his M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, (SAIS) Bologna, Italy.



A master printer of Florence, Italy, Mr. Barbieri is known for his
faithful, artistic rendering of works by the great masters of
renaissance art and architecture. Combining his historical sense,
and the skills and methods of classical printing, with
modern technologies, Paolo interprets the image upon the paper
with his unique vitality.




At home again in his native Florence, has a career that spans nearly thirty years in the international marketing of Luxury Italian Design, fine leather-working, and top fashion houses.  He was the support force behind the American introduction of Fiorucci in New York in the late 70's, and has long since continued to lead in the field of Italian style and high design through introduction initiatives in America, and England, Italy, and throughout the rest of Europe.

Mr. Longhini earned his distinguished reputation for professionalism on projects of great complexity and critical timing.  Now lending his artistic eye and diplomat's sensitivity gleaned from a career with the leading Italian high design organizations, to the mission of The Book Arts Conservatory, he is key to developing specialized book arts materials and coordinating artistic resources between Tuscany and Washington.