James Reid-Cunningham is a bookbinder and conservator in private practice in Cambridge, MA.

He studied history and art history at Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University before studying bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. He worked as a book conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum for over thirty years. He was the adjunct lecturer in book conservation in the graduate art conservation department at Buffalo State College (SUNY) from 2009 to 2013 and served as the President of the Guild of Book Workers from 2006 to 2010.

In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the North Bennet Street School. He received the Helen Warren DeGoyler Prize in American Bookbinding in 2018.

In addition to his conservation work, he is the creator of artistic bindings and book objects that explore traditional bookbinding structures in conjunction with modern materials. His artistic bindings are exhibited nationally and internationally.

Recent exhibtions:

A Gathering of Leaves 2022-2023

Bodleian Libraries; Sotheby's, London; University of Edinburgh

Books on the Verge, The Gallery @ Metro, Bridgeport, CT. 2022

Eliot's Bible: Celebrating 100 Years of the Vining Collection, Barrington Arts Center, Gordon College, 2021

WildLife 2021-2022

American Bookbinders Museum, San Francisco; Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Atlanta, GA; North Bennet Street School, Boston; Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

40 Years: Celebrating the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers2021

The Boston Athenaeum; Baker Berry Library, Dartmouth College

Drop Dead Gorgeous 2021

Minnesota Center for the Book; Maggs Bros., London

Open/Set 2020:

The Grolier Club;The American Bookbinders Museum, San Francisco; Marriot Library, University of Utah,;Austin Public Library, Austin, TX

He has taught bookbinding and conservation workshops at many venues including:

National Conservation Center for Rare Books, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

University of California at Los Angeles

Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University

Paper and Book Intensive

Garage Annex School for Book Arts, Easthampton, MA.

North Bennet Street School, Boston

Guild of Book Workers

New England Museum Association

Dartmouth College Libraries

King Library Press, University of Kentucky at Lexington

Miniature Book Society

San Francisco Center for the Book

Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the Cultural Record at the University of Texas at Austin

University of Utah

Hand Bookbinders of California

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works