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 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. 
  • The prestige of a certificate from the oldest and well-known best place to buy modafinil online Center for the Book Arts in the nation;
  • 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.

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 artists working within the realm of Book Art to submit project proposals for The Featured Artist Project exhibition series at the Center for 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 artist members 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. 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 2020 review (deadline extended): May 15th, 2019

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 is pleased to continue the Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists program in 2020. Up to five New York-based emerging artists will be offered space, time and  support to explore the production and exhibition of artist's books and  related work in year-long residencies. The purpose of this program is to  promote experimentation in making book art, thus artists from  all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Center  especially encourages applications from artists of culturally diverse  backgrounds. Artists are also invited to mail applications postmarked by October 7, 2019.  

 The award includes a $750-$1,500 cash stipend (depending on funding) plus a materials budget between $750 to $1,000 (depending on funding), and 24-hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year. Artists also receive approximately $3,000-$5,000 tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff.  Experienced printers and bookbinders will be available to advise the artists on issues of materials and techniques as they arise. We have learned through past residents that ten hours per week of studio work is common in order to realize their artistic goals.  


 An exhibition of the artist’s work produced at the Center during their residency will be presented as part of our Featured Artist Series exhibition series in the following year. Other possible opportunities to present work to the public include a lecture/performance at the Center.


Workspace
The Center for Book Arts was founded in 1974 to develop and promote traditional bookmaking practices and contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. This residency will provide, at no cost to the artists, 24-hour access to a partitioned individual workspace (with a work table, storage space and a locker) and use of the Center’s equipment and facilities. These include a complete letterpress printshop with five Vandercook proof presses, two treadle presses, a 19PthP century Washington hand press and several platen presses, a composing room with many cabinets of foundry type, a Charles Brand etching press, a 36” guillotine paper cutter, and all accessory equipment. The two binderies include nipping presses, standing presses, two board shears, a 3-ton Kensol hot stamping press, three Kwikprint hot stamping presses, lying presses, backing presses, and many hand tools. The Center’s fine art collection, reference library, artist registry and other reference materials are also available.


Requirements
Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs during the program year (January– December 2018). Applicants must live/work in New York State and must reside in the greater NYC metropolitan area at the time of application and during the residency. There is no application fee. Online applications must be completed by October 13, 2019 at 11:59pm.


If you have questions or require further information, please email info@centerforbookarts.org or call 212-481-0295. Applicants are encouraged to go to the Center’s website and to visit to get a sense of our gallery space, studio facilities and educational programs. A panel will select finalists from submissions. Finalists will be interviewed and the selection process will be completed by December 2, 2019. The Center will work with each resident to establish a schedule of their residency. All applicants will be notified by mail. Please do not call the Center for results.

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