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 pleased to continue the Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts. In 2017, the Center will award two to three scholarships to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the artistic endeavors of the book arts. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities to emerging artists committed to developing careers in the book arts field, and to further the growth of this artistic profession. The award includes a cash stipend plus a materials budget and 24 hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year. Artists also receive a tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff.  Scholars will be required to complete an artist project by the end of the scholarship period, with an exhibition in our gallery space and public presentation the following autumn. 

Artists are invited to submit applications by June 15, 2017. There is no fee to apply. 
The Center for Book Arts invites applications for our Letterpress Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers. The next session of this workshop is scheduled for the Spring 2017, June 7-11 (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 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 or graduate degree programs during the program year (September 2016-May 2017.)

Application Deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017
NOTE: Applicants must be 18 years or older

Ends on May 22, 2017

The Center for Book Arts is pleased to invite Artist Members to submit artworks produced after 2010 to be considered for the 2017 Artist Members Exhibition tentatively titled:  Protest ≠ Profest.  The exhibition will be organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator of the Center for Book Arts and Rich O’Russa, artist, letterpress instructor, and literary collaborator.

This exhibition will consider artworks that deal with activism or passionate convictions. The goal of the exhibition is to bring together artworks that demonstrate strong voices dealing with current societal concerns, issues, desires and/or trends. Focusing on artists’ books and works that relate to the concept of book arts, the curators are equally interested in work that uses new media referring to the concept of books. 

Approximately twenty to thirty works will be chosen for display in the Center for Book Art’s auxiliary gallery space.  Artist members of the Center for Book Arts are encouraged to submit works to be selected by the show’s curator, and the selections will be augmented by works by non-member artists to enhance the scope of the exhibition.

We encourage artists to submit more than one work to be reviewed and may submit up to 6 images in total.  All images must be properly labeled and accompanied by an image list with name, title, year created, dimensions, medium/materials, and credited properly (authors, collector, etc.)

Calendar of Important Dates:

Deadline for receipt of entry forms and images:  Friday, May 22, 2017
Notification of accepted entries:                           Friday, May 26, 2017
Accepted art due at The Center for Book Arts:    Monday, June 26, 2017
Exhibition Opening:                                               Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Exhibition closes:                                                  Saturday, September 23, 2017
Work returned:                                                       Friday September 29, 2017