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.
The Nancy Norton Tomasko Scholarship for Advanced Study in Bookbinding provides financial support for individuals wishing to enroll in an advanced bookbinding course at the Center for Book Arts. Each year the Center will award scholarships for up to four individuals covering the full tuition for one course. Awardees are selected based on financial need and proof of having satisfied the prerequisites for the desired course.
Eligible courses include:
- Bookbinding 3: Inboard Binding
- Bookbinding 4A: Advanced Book Production and Editioning
- Bookbinding 4B: Leather Binding
- All other advanced bookbinding courses requiring the prior completion of Bookbinding 1 & 2
The following must be included in the application in order to be considered:
- Statement of financial need
- Proof of having completed bookbinding 1 & 2 or their equivalent
About Nancy Norton Tomasko and this scholarship
Nancy Norton Tomasko (1947-2018) was a teacher, researcher, and editor whose specialties included Chinese bookbinding, handmade paper, and woodblock printing. After college, on a lark she went to teach English at the YMCA in Taipei, Taiwan. It was the start of a lifelong fascination with China and things Chinese. She was in one of the early groups of US graduate students to study in mainland China in the early 1980s. Later Nancy received a PhD in Ming literature from Princeton University and taught at Connecticut College and Bryn Mawr where she created an extraordinary studio course on the history of the book in China. She also taught numerous workshops on Chinese bookbinding, including at the Center for Book Arts, where she had learned Western binding some years earlier. Her greatest interest was documenting Chinese handmade paper, talking with many papermakers and dealers in China. She gave talks, wrote articles, and prepared sample books. Professionally she was for a decade the editor of the East Asian Library Journal at Princeton.
This scholarship was established in Nancy’s honor by her husband, Mark D. Tomasko.
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.
We are inviting curators and artists to submit Main Gallery exhibition proposals at 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 administrative 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 catalog. 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:
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.
Round 1 Application Deadline: March 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are seeking solo project exhibition proposals from artists working within the book arts. Artists are to submit a project concept experimenting within the Book format.
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 artist 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 email@example.com
Submissions should include:
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 2022 review: February 15, 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center’s 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.