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 is pleased to announce an open call for a five day, hands-on convening to consider best practices for the public exhibition of artists' books for early- to mid-career curators and specialists in the field of prints and drawings. 

This workshop is made possible with support from Getty through The Paper Project initiative.

ABOUT THE CONVENING

The convening will include hands on workshops in printing and binding methods used by artists in the production of artists' books, visits to artists' book collections at New York Museums, and group discussions focussing on developing new best practices for exhibiting artists' books. Participants will get a rare glimpse into how artists' books are considered in some of the most important prints and drawings collections in NYC and an opportunity to learn from some of the challenges and successes of the curators who steward these works. 

ELIGIBILITY

This project prioritizes mid-career  curators, with up to 20 years of experience, whose curatorial focuses are in prints and drawings. Center for Book Arts will also consider early-career curators with the same focus area. Affiliation with a museum or institution is preferred but not required.

ABOUT CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object.

Center for Book Arts was the earliest in the world to organize a focus on the creation, study and interpretation of artists’ books, as well as the book arts practices which support their creation, which include bookbinding, typesetting, printing, paper making, and book design. Since its founding in 1974 by Richard Minksy, Center for Book Arts has continued to not only teach these practices but reflect on them critically, through avenues including exhibitions with corresponding scholarly catalogues; hosting the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference; and publishing Book Art Review, a new periodical designed to encourage and further scholarship and critical writing about artists’ books. For the past five decades, Center for Book Arts has served as a champion for artists and the art of the book—as well as an inspiration for the creation of book arts centers across the world. Nationally and internationally, Center for Book Arts is noted for building bridges between the book arts field and the larger spheres of contemporary visual, literary, and interdisciplinary art.

This workshop is made possible with support from Getty through The Paper Project initiative.


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 (for exhibitions in 2027): November 30, 2024

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 and publishers working within the book arts for our Single Artist or Publisher Exhibition program. 

Artists proposing solo projects 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;
  • Or a collaborative project that is thematically or medium-specific.

Publishers proposing retrospective projects should submit the following:

  • A representative sample of work that demonstrates the breadth of your publishing practice

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 2026 review: November 30, 2024

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 camilo@centerforbookarts.org

CALL FOR ENTRIES:    BOOKSMART FAIR


As an Artist Member of  Center for Book Arts, you are invited to submit an application to be included in the second annual BOOKSMART Fair, presented at Art on Paper, this September 5-8, 2024.  Art on Paper, New York City’s celebrated, medium-driven fair, returns to downtown Manhattan’s Pier 36 during September 2024’s Armory Art Week with 100 galleries featuring top modern and contemporary paper-based art. More information about Art on Paper and BOOKSMART Fair can be found at https://ny.thepaperfair.com


We are offering several opportunities for participation:

  • COMMUNAL TABLE (free to all CBA Members) All selected books must be for sale.  If sold, Center for Book Arts will keep a 30% commission on sales, the artist receiving 70% of proceeds. 
  • HALF or FULL TABLE  (free for CBA Members at the $120+ level) Full tables are 2x6ft. 
  • TABLE with WALL ( $50 for CBA Members at the $120+ level) Walls are 10ft tall.
  • Volunteer (please email tanner@centerforbookarts.org to be added to the list)


Calendar of Important Dates:

  • Deadline for receipt of entry forms and images:        Sunday, June 30, 2024
  • Notification of accepted entries:                                 Monday, July 15, 2024
  • Communal Table Items due at CBA:                           Thursday, August 15, 2024
  • Exhibitor set up for half and full tables:                       Wednesday, September 4-5, 2024
  • BOOKSMART Fair:                                                        Thursday, September 5-8, 2024
  • Communal Table Items returned by:                           Monday, September 20, 2024


Questions?

Questions can be emailed to camilo@centerforbookarts.org


 

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