The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field.

We offer opportunities to artists and writers through a variety of programs throughout the year. Current opportunities are listed below.

The New York Book Arts Scholarship provides financial support for students pursuing a certificate in book arts at the Center for Book Arts in New York. Two year scholarships are awarded based on financial need, the potential for success, and the applicant's career goals. 

This application is open to students who have been traditionally under-represented in the book arts. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status.

The scholarship will cover full tuition at the Center for Book Arts for two consecutive years, studio access, and cost of materials for classes and related projects. 

The full curriculum encompasses comprehensive coursework in the book arts and includes thorough training in both letterpress printing and book binding. Scholarship students will have access to the Center's studios and programming throughout the two years of study in an environment that will challenge them to expand their creative practice in the art of the book. 

Binding (90 hours of courses)

Bookbinding 1-4 (60 hours total)

Box Making Class (15 hours)

Independent Project (15 hours)

Printing (90 hours of courses)

Letterpress 1-4 (60 hours total)

Platen Press (12 Hours)

Letterpress Lab (15 hours)

Print Shop Orientation (3 hours) 

Studio Training (4 hours)

Hot Stamping Orientation (1 hour)

Guillotine Orientation (3 hours)

Electives (30 hours minimum- including Works on Paper, the Art of the Book, Decorative Techniques) 

Includes 3, 6, 12, 15, 30 hour classes

Certificate students are required to attend the program orientation, The Center's hosted discussions and lectures throughout the year, and must serve as a Teacher's Assistant for 30 hours during their second year. At this time, students will also be provided a mentor to guide the completion of their final project. 

The following must be included in the application in order to be considered:

CV/Resume (max 3 pages)

Statement of interest for the certificate program

Statement of financial need

A two year work plan outlining the program requirements demonstrating the applicant's commitment to the completion of the program.  Please incorporate all of your anticipated scheduling conflicts and prior commitments. 

**if you are not based in the tri-state area, please also include a relocation plan. The scholarship does not cover living costs. 

All questions can be directed to education@centerforbookarts.org

The Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the Book Art Research Fellowship for 2020.

Researchers and scholars in art history, literature, book history, library science, or museum studies are invited to submit research proposals drawing upon the Center’s unique collections of materials related to book art. 


The Center’s Permanent Collection consists of three parts: 1) a Fine Arts Collection of artists’ books, prints, and objects; 2) a Reference Library focused on the practice, theory, and history of book arts; and 3) the Center’s Archives containing records of original exhibitions presented at the Center and the history of the Center’s programmatic activities. Taken as a whole, the Center’s collections serve as a historical record of book art as a creative medium and a framework for critical research into book art practice.


To learn more about the Center for Book Arts collections and its holdings visit the online catalog


The Book Art Research Fellowship will provide a stipend of $1,500 for research projects drawing upon the Center's holdings. The selected individuals will be given access to the Center's collections and provided institutional support during the research process. Fellows are expected to spend two or three weeks at the Center for Book Arts. At the end of their work at the Center, each fellow will present their research in a public program and the Center will subsequently have the first right of refusal to publish their research. 


Two fellows will be selected for the 2020 calendar year. US-based graduate students and scholars in art history, literature, book history, library science, museum studies, and related fields are encouraged to submit applications.


Submissions must be made through submittable and should include:

  • Resume or CV  
  • A 500 to 1000 word proposal outlining the research project. 

The proposal should include how holdings from the Center for Book Arts relate to the project, a short bibliography listing individual resources from the collection to be consulted, and a proposed timeline for residency at the Center for Book Arts. Research periods can take place any time in the calendar year of 2020 outside of holidays and other planned closures listed on the Center’s website. 


Deadline for 2020 review: December 1, 2019.


The review process will take place in early December. Applicants will be notified in January. 

Application questions should be addressed to collections@centerforbookarts.org

The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Program by December 15, 2019. The selected manuscript will be determined in May 2020 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, 10 of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center. The selected poet will also receive a cash award of $500 and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at the Center in the fall of 2019, as well as an exclusive opportunity for a week long stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as one of their Winter Shakers. This year’s curator will be announced.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please submit a collection or sequence of original poems or a single long poem not to exceed 450 lines or 21 pages (no translations are accepted). The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Please provide a table of contents and a separate acknowledgements page containing prior magazine or anthology publication of individual poems at the end of the manuscript. Please note that the 450 lines or 21-page limit does not include acknowledgements pages.
 
File name should be the title of submitted manuscript. Only .PDF, .DOCX. and .DOC files accepted. 

The Center for Book Arts is proud to announce a new comprehensive certificate program in the book arts.

The Center for Book Arts’ Education Program strives to engage a wide audience, providing beginning students and professional artists alike with a comprehensive and technically challenging curriculum. In addition to foundation coursework in printing and bookbinding, we provide structured opportunities for working artists from other media to expand their creative practice in the art of the book.

For students who wish to fully immerse themselves in the study of book arts, we have created a structured program which encourages the study and creation of the art of the book. Our certificate program consists of 210 total hours of class time, divided among 3 areas:

  • Binding (90 hours of required courses)
  • Printing (90 hours of required courses)
  • Electives (30 hours minimum- including Works on Paper, the Art of the Book, Decorative Techniques.) 

Benefits of registering for the certificate: 

  • Preferred status when registering for new classes. 
  • The opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of the medium with leaders in the book arts field. 
  • Additional studio access outside of class time. 

To Register as a Certificate Student:
There is a one-time Registration Fee of $100* to register as a Certificate Student, which includes one year of associate level membership. Students should register as certificate candidates within their first 72 hours of class time. Students who wish to apply previous coursework done at the Center towards a Certificate should contact the Programs Manager to discuss. Any past coursework will be applied on a case-by-case basis.

*$10 service fee applies. 

It is strongly recommended that students complete the program within 3 years. A final project must be presented and reviewed by the Education Committee in order receive the Certificate. The project may either be a culmination of work produced in classes, or an entirely new project. The Center for Book Arts Certificate Program is not approved by the New York State Board of Education Certificate Program.

The Center for Book Arts Artist Membership program is dedicated to supporting the work of Book Artists across the globe. One of the ongoing benefits of the Artist Membership is the opportunity to exhibit work at the Center for Book Arts. 

This year, we are pleased to invite Artist Members to submit artwork proposals for the 2020 Artist Member Showcase. Twelve Artist Members will be selected to present a micro-exhibition featuring a single work. Each month the showcase, situated within the Center's Foyer Area, will present a different members' micro-exhibition, along with a short description of the work and an artist bio. 

Although there is no theme to the showcase this year, we encourage artists to submit artworks encompassing the broadest exploration and experimentation of the book as an art object.

Each proposal must be completed online through this submittable portal and must include:

  • The member's contact information
  • A 300 word max artist bio
  • One page Artist CV in pdf format
  • A 200 word max artwork explanation
  • 1-3 high resolution images a single completed work. 

Submissions are selected based on the quality and originality of the artwork as presented through the member's submitted photo documentation and description of the artwork proposed. In an effort to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, all submissions are judged without access to any biographical information.

Deadline: December 16, 2019

If you are not a current member, join here!


Application questions should be addressed to exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

We are inviting curators and artists to submit exhibition proposals for the Main Gallery of the Center for Book Arts. We are seeking proposals that elaborate, challenge and contribute to the artistic, theoretical, historical, and contemporary aspects of Book Arts.

The selected curatorial projects will be given access to the Center's resources such as the archive and collection artworks, as well as institutional support during the curation process. In addition, the curator will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium; an honoraria budget to divide amongst participating artists and program speakers; and a budget for production, including an exhibition brochure. A floorplan of the space can be seen here

This exhibition series is intended to provide contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object and/or related media, as well as to challenge traditional notions of the book arts. Exhibitions that feature a broad representation of media, site-specific installations, and performances are encouraged. The Exhibitions Committee is especially interested in proposals for:

  • Exhibitions that will further and/or challenge the discourse of book arts within a contemporary artistic criticism, particularly theme based explorations
  • Exhibitions that will advance the field of traditional bookmaking practices, particularly by showing a wide range of artists
  • Focused exhibitions of multiple artists demonstrating a cohesive artistic trend or subject matter

All submissions must include:

Submission form

Resume or CV as a .pdf

A 500 to 1000-word exhibition proposal indicating the visual and conceptual vision of the exhibition and public programs. Please also include a list of works with the title, year, medium and dimensions, with images of the works or illustrations. If images are not available, please submit recent work samples produced within the last 2 years. Images should be uploaded in jpg format and should be a minimum of 800px and maximum of 1200px in either direction.

Deadline for 2021 review): March 15, 2020

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. The review process will take place each year in March. Applications are not to be edited once submitted. 

Application questions should be addressed to exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

We are seeking solo project exhibition proposals from artists working within the book arts. Artists are to submit a project concept that features the artistic conveyance of a project idea experimenting with the form and conceptuality of Book Art. The floor plan of the gallery space can be seen here.

This Exhibition Series is a competitive process and intended to provide artists with the opportunity to display the following type of projects created within the past 5 years:

  • A recent body of work that demonstrates a cohesive artistic approach
  • A recent body of work that demonstrates a cohesive theme, issue, and/or subject matter
  • A site-specific installation
  • A collaborative project that is theme or medium specific

The selected Featured Artist Projects will be given access to the Center's resources to support the production and curation process of the exhibition. In addition, the curator will be awarded a $1,000 stipend, an honoraria budget for a public programming and a budget for production, including a brochure.

Application questions should be addressed to exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

Submissions should include:

Contact form

Short artist bio

Artist CV (1-2 pages, pdf format)

A 500-word solo project proposal indicating the visual and conceptual vision of the exhibition and public program. 

Up to 10 images of work samples supporting your proposal. If images are not available, please submit recent work samples produced within the last 2 years. Images should be uploaded in jpg format and should be a minimum of 800px and maximum of 1200px in either direction.

A list of works with the title, year, medium and dimensions, with images of the works or illustrations. 

Deadline for 2021 review: February 28, 2020

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. The review process will take place each year in March. 

To review past Projects, see here.

Any other application questions should be addressed to exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

The Center for Book Arts invites applications for our Letterpress Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers.  The next session of this workshop is scheduled for Winter 2020, January 22 through 26 (Wednesday - Sunday). The seminar is tuition-free for participants and includes the cost of materials. Those selected must attend the entire five-day workshop.


Participants will hear lectures from various professionals in the field – printers, fine press publishers, book artists, and dealers, to get a practical overview of letterpress printing and small press publishing. They will learn with Master Printer Barbara Henry the basics of letterpress printing, both traditional typesetting and options with new technology, by collaboratively printing a small edition of broadsides. This workshop is most suitable for those with little to no previous letterpress experience. Each seminar will be offered to a maximum of eight students. Writers from culturally diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate programs during the program year (September 2019-May 2020.)


Application Deadline is January 5, 2020

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