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 awards 3 to 4 Book Artist Residencies (B-AIR) per year to artists who have demonstrated a commitment to the book arts as a key component of their artistic practice.
The purpose of the Book Artist Residency is to fortify the practice of early and mid career artists working within the book arts. Residents are provided with a cash stipend ($1000), 24-hour access to professional tools and equipment, the opportunity to learn new techniques from experts in their field, and space to work within CBA's Manhattan studios. B-AIRs are expected to actively utilize the studios to complete a new project by the end of the residency period and thus are provided with a materials budget of up to $1500. While residents are expected to finish at least one new project over the course of the year, they should also take this year to focus on expand their artistic practice through experimenting with new techniques and ideas.
Successful applications will demonstrate a commitment to the book arts through their work samples and exhibition history. CBA Book Artists-in-Residence often become a part of the core community of our organization and therefore B-AIRs are provided with opportunities to speak publicly about their work, to collaborate with other artists and poets, and to hold studio visits with visiting curators and artists.
International, national, and local book artists are encouraged to apply, however housing is not provided. Those not currently residing in the New York tri-state area should indicate in their statement how they plan to stay in the area for the year-long duration of the residency. On average, Book Artists-in-Residence spend 20-40 hours per week in the studios and use the tuition waiver for 8-10 courses. The residency is not able support collectives or collaborations.
We welcome artists of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences to apply.
The 2023 Book Artist in Residence Program runs from September 2022 through August 2023.
NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Center for Book Arts is committed to making the space safe for all. For the duration of 2023, all public programming will be happening both in-person and online, while the studios and exhibition spaces are open at limited capacity. All residents have 24 hour access to the studios, and are entitled top priority access to the equipment resources. CBA requires all residents to follow current safety procedures while on premises. Additionally, residents may participate in any virtual classes taught by instructors in the studios, as long as safety protocols are observed.
-A statement describing why you would benefit from being a Book Artist-in-Residence at Center for Book Arts.
-An artistic CV (3 pages max).
-10 images of work samples (images should be in .jpg format, 72dpi, 1000px on longest side).
- An image list that includes the work title, year created, materials and dimensions.
- List of references.
There is no fee to apply.
Questions can 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.
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 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:
- Exhibitions that will further and/or challenge the discourse of book arts within a contemporary artistic criticism.
- Exhibitions that fill in gaps in the public’s understanding of the book arts by showing a wide range of artists.
- Focused exhibitions using the work of multiple artists to demonstrate a cohesive artistic trend or subject.
- 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:
- A 1000-word exhibition proposal indicating the visual and conceptual vision of the exhibition and public programs.
- Proposed list of works with the title, year, medium and dimensions, with thumbnail images of items to be exhibited uploaded as a PDF.
- 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org