Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of artistic practices related to the book as an art object. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment for artists to grow and learn together, with access to the resources, equipment ,and skills needed for artists and writers to take book production into their own hands, and giving creative voices a tool to self amplify without the need to rely on the gallery model or commercial pressures.

As a space for research, education, exhibition, making, and community building, we offer opportunities to artists and writers through a variety of programs throughout the year. Current opportunities are listed below. 

Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Program by December 15, 2022.

The winning manuscript will be determined in May 2023 by our guest Judge Aracelis Girmay.

As part of the competition award package, CBA commissions artists to design and produce a limited-edition of 100 chapbooks for the competition winner's manuscript, a limited-edition of 100 chapbooks for a manuscript by the guest judge, and a limited-edition broadside of 100 for each runner-up featuring one poem from their respective manuscripts.

The competition winner receives ten copies of their chapbook, a $500 honorarium, a $500 stipend to participate in a competition reading public program, a week-long stay at Millay Arts, and one copy of the guest judge's chapbook as well as the runners-up's broadsides.

The two runners up each receive ten copies of their respective limited-edition broadside, a $250 honorarium to participate in the competition reading, and a copy of the winner’s chapbook as well as a copy of the guest judge’s chapbook.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please submit a collection or sequence of original poems or a single long poem that does not exceed 450 lines or 21 pages. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript or anywhere in the file as all submissions are kept anonymous to the panel of judges. Manuscripts should be typed, with pages numbered and formatted with easy-to-read font.

Translations of the author's own work are permitted. Translations of other writers' work will not be accepted unless the piece is specifically and consensually co-authored by both writer and translator.

This program only accepts text manuscripts. We are not receiving visual poems or illustrated manuscripts at this time.

Please provide a title page, table of contents, and a separate acknowledgments page containing prior magazine or anthology publication of individual poems at the end of the manuscript. Poems that have been published elsewhere are eligible for submission. Please note that the 450 lines or 21-page limit does not include the title or acknowledgements pages. The file name should match the title of the submitted manuscript. Only .PDF, .DOCX. and .DOC files accepted.

Writers will be notified of the status of their manuscript via email. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to provide feedback at this time.

Questions can be directed toCBA Artist Programs Manager Camilo Otero at camilo@centerforbookarts.org

SUBMISSION AGREEMENT

When you submit to our annual Chapbook Contest and/or publish with Center for Book Arts, you agree to:

1. Serial rights: we accept simultaneous submissions, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, we ask you to let us know as soon as possible so we can withdraw your application.

2. Rights reverting back to you if your body of work is accepted and published by CBA. You are free to republish or to give others permission to republish. We ask that if you do so, you use the credit as follows: [publication name] by [author] was first published with the Center for Book Arts in [year]. If you have any questions, do let us know!

3. Non-exclusive reprint rights: we may utilize parts of your work for promotional materials, for example, to market our next contest. If we intend on utilizing your work for something we intend to sell, you will be contacted about compensation before we move forward.

 

The Workspace Artist-in-Residence awards 2 to 3 residencies to early career artists with little or no background in the book arts. Successful applications should show a developed body of work and describe what is hoped to gain from the access to the Center’s facilities. This residency is not for finishing a preconceived project, but should be used as an exploration of artist books and book art to expand one’s artistic practice. 

The purpose of this residency is to introduce early and mid career artists to the book arts, to provide workspace, access to new techniques and equipment, and to diversify the community of artists working within the book arts in the New York area. This year long residency includes a cash stipend, materials budget, tuition waiver for all courses offered at CBA during the residency period, and 24-hour access to CBA printing and binding studios in Manhattan. Workspace Artists-in-Residence are expected to actively utilize the studios, regularly attend public programs at the Center, participate in quarterly BookTalks, and participate in a group exhibition following the residency. Residents are often provided with opportunities to speak publicly about their work, to collaborate with artists and poets, and to hold studio visits with visiting curators and artists.

Because this residency is focused on artists living and working in the 5 boroughs of New York, housing is not provided. On average, Workspace Artists-in-Residence spend 20-40 hours per week in the studios and use the tuition waiver for 12-14 courses. The residency is not able to support collectives or collaborations at this time. The residency will run from early January until the end of the 2023 year. 

Please submit:

-Artist statement 

-An artistic CV (3 pages max)

-10 images of work samples

-List of descriptive information for the 10 images submitted

The deadline is December 11, 11:59pm.

NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Center is committed to making the space safe for all. All public programming will be held online until further notice, while the studios and exhibition spaces will open at an extremely limited capacity. The residents will still have 24 hour access to the studios, and are entitled top priority access to the equipment resources. The studios will entail strict safety procedures to be observed by all artists who use the studios. Additionally, residents may participate in any virtual classes taught by instructors in the studios, as long as safety protocols are observed. 

For questions, please email camilo@centerforbookarts.org

Center for Book Arts' Internship Program is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of non-profit management with a focus in Book Arts. The Internship is an unpaid position, though it may be used for school credit, and can take classes in the duration of their internship. 

The length of the internship varies, depending on the students' schedule and requirements, as well as The Center’s schedule of activities, but is usually anywhere from three to six months long. The applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and will contact candidates directly if selected for an interviewed. 

NOTE: internships may take place entirely online, unless otherwise indicated. 

Interns have the opportunity to concentrate in the following departments: 

Administration- Interns may develop their business and management abilities as they assist in the day-to-day operation of the organization.

Development-  assist in researching grants, drafting proposals and reports, as well as developing membership drives and coordinating special fundraising events, including our annual Benefit.

Membership-  assist in developing and evolving our membership program, as well as growing our constituent base, along with related administrative tasks.

Education Programs- assist with the scheduling, monitoring, and archiving of CBA's online classes. Interns will be trained on becoming an online class monitor to ensure the class runs smoothly,  providing support to instructors and students. 

Programs intern- assist with administrative and logistical tasks on a number of CBA's public programs, such as exhibitions, public programs, and literary events. Interns will assist with event planning and reporting, data entry, corresponding with artists, and other organizational tasks related to the upcoming programs. Programs interns will also have the opportunity to assist with curatorial and publication projects.

Library/Collections- Interns may be involved in cataloging The Center’s art collections and resource library, which consists of out-of-print periodicals, books, limited edition artists’ books, and technical books on the subjects of bookmaking and printing. Interns will assist with selecting works and drafting copy for social media posts.

Marketing & Design- Interns may assist in the research of the potential outlets and community partnerships for advancement of the Center's programs as well providing insight toward marketing plans and strategy in collaboration with the Marketing Manager. Interns will also update press and media lists as needed, and aid in the dissemination of communications materials on various social media outlets. Interns interested and trained in graphic design are welcome and highly encouraged to apply their design sense to the development of the Center’s brand.

Digital Media & Video- Interns will primarily assist in helping to edit and build out our growing Online Class Archive utilizing the Center’s digital media style guide. Additionally, interns may assist in technology support for our online programming and live streams as well as preparing the recorded event for YouTube upload. Must be well-versed in Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.

Experience and/or study of studio art, organization and management, or public relations and an interest in the art of the book are all encouraged and not required. We encourage applicants from various disciplines and backgrounds to apply. Applicants should be able to commit at least one full day a week to the internship. Applicants will be selected on a rolling basis.

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

The selected curatorial projects will be given access to CBA's resources such as the archive and collection artworks, as well as administrative support leading up to the exhibition. The curator will be awarded a $2,000-5,000 honorarium (depending on funding and scope). CBA has a modest budget to support honoraria for public programs and an exhibition catalog. A floor-plan of the space can be seen here

This exhibition series is intended to broaden public understanding of the book as an art object by building on the rich history of the book arts through new scholarship by providing the space and resources to support curators. Preference is given to proposals focussing on contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object, that challenge traditional notions of the book arts, or that build on the critical framework around the history of artist books. Exhibitions that feature a broad representation of artists and media, site-specific installations, and performances are encouraged.

We are especially interested in proposals for:

  1. Exhibitions that will further and/or challenge the discourse of book arts within a contemporary artistic criticism.
  2. Exhibitions that fill in gaps in the public’s understanding of the book arts by showing a wide range of artists.
  3. Focused exhibitions using the work of multiple artists to demonstrate a cohesive artistic trend or subject.
  4. 2024 is CBA’s 50th anniversary and therefore we welcome curatorial proposals that connect artists or ideas from CBA’s early history to contemporary practices of today.

All submissions must include:

  1. A 1000-word exhibition proposal indicating the visual and conceptual vision of the exhibition and public programs.
  2. Proposed list of works with the title, year, medium and dimensions, with thumbnail images of items to be exhibited uploaded as a PDF.
  3. 5-10 images of works to be included. (jpg format—minimum size of 800px and maximum of 1200px in either direction)

Round 1 Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

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 camilo@centerforbookarts.org

Center for Book Arts is seeking proposals from artists working within the book arts for our Single Artist Exhibition program. 

Artists should submit the following type of book arts 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 thematically or medium-specific

CBA's curatorial staff reviews applications and selects proposals for the program. Selected artists are awarded a $1,000 stipend, installation & marketing support—including an exhibition brochure, and a public program.

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 a 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 2023 review: March 15, 2022

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. The review process will take place each year in March and notification is sent in April. 

To review past Projects, see here.

Application questions should be addressed to programs@centerforbookarts.org

Apply now for Center for Book Arts' 2023 Fine Press Seminar for Emerging Writers! The deadline for this application is December 10, 2022.
Eight writers will be selected to participate in the 2023 program led by CBA Master Printer Barbara Henry.
Henry will teach the 2023 participants the basics of letterpress printing—including traditional typesetting and methods incorporating new technology—empowering each writer to produce their own broadsides and chapbooks.
Participants also will hear lectures from various professionals in the field—printers, fine press publishers, book artists, and dealers, to get a practical overview of small press publishing.
The 2023 program will take place in-person at CBA across five days in January, from the 25th to the 29th, from 10am-4pm. Those selected must attend the entire five-day workshop.
Tuition for the seminar is FREE and all materials are also provided free of cost. Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply, but graduate students are welcome. The program is most suitable for those with little to no letterpress experience.

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