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.

Deadline: Ongoing

The Featured Artist Project exhibition series has been demonstrating the breadth of book art for over 15 years. Designed originally to provide artist members of the Center with the opportunity to display their work, the Center for Book Arts now invites all artists working within the realm of Book Art to submit an application. Preference will be given to projects that challenge our assumptions of Book Art and resonate with the greater New York population.

The Featured Artist Project exhibitions are installed in the Foyer Gallery for a period of 10 weeks. A floorplan of the gallery is available to download [here].

Application questions should be addressed to Corina Reynolds, Interim Executive Director at

Submissions should include:

-Name and contact info

-Working link to the artist’s website

-100 word artist bio

-A 500 word solo exhibition proposal

-Artist’s CV (pdf format)

-10 images of 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.

The Center’s Internship Program is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of non-profit management and/or training in book arts techniques. The Internship is an unpaid position, though it may be used for school credit. The length of the internship varies, depending on the student’s needs and requirements, as well as The Center’s schedule of activities, but is usually 10-12 weeks beginning in June.

We offer a limited number of summer internships in hands-on book arts techniques every year. Primarily aimed at undergraduate students, summer interns can acquire practical skills in the book arts by working on The Center’s book projects and participating in The Center’s education program, helping to maintain the studios, produce editions, and help install our summer exhibitions. Interns will also assist in the day-to-day operation of The Center as needed. 

Interns have the opportunity to concentrate in limited areas, or combinations of 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- Interns may assist in researching grants, drafting proposals, as well as developing membership drives and coordinating special fundraising events.

Education Programs- Interns may assist in the coordination of all education programs, including the development of the course schedule and lectures, as well as special outreach programs for the New York City area school children.

Exhibition Programs- Interns may assist in all aspects of exhibition development and coordination of programs in The Center’s Book Arts Gallery, and oversee the maintenance of The Center’s Artist Slide Registry. Interns will work directly with artists and compile artist loan agreements and consignment forms, as well as assist in installation, gallery maintenance, cataloguing, art sales and de-installation.

Library/Collections- Interns may be involved in cataloguing 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.

Public Relations and Marketing- Interns may assist in the research of the potential markets for advancement of The Center and develop marketing plans for recommendation to the Executive Director. Interns will also update media lists, and assist in the drafting of press releases and public service announcements for The Center’s programs and projects.

Qualifications: Experience and/or study of studio art, organization and management, or public relations and an interest in the art of the book. Applicants should be able to commit at least three full days a week to the internship. Individuals who cannot work this minimum number of hours are encouraged to apply as a volunteer rather than an intern. 
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