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.
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We are pleased to invite Artist Members to submit artwork proposals for the 2019 Artist Members Exhibition at Center for Book Arts. This year’s theme is centered in the artistic exploration of Sanctuary; how can the book arts be used as a tool to create and facilitate notions of inclusion and safety? How can The Book be used to imagine new possibilities for Sanctuary? We encourage artists to delve into the conceptuality and physicality of safe space creation, in conjunction with the theoretical and applied practices of bookmaking. 

The exhibition will be organized by the CBA staff.

In your application please include:

Contact form

Short artist bio

Artist CV (pdf format)

A 200 word artwork proposal with illustrations or images of current works. If 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.


Deadline: March 18th, 2019

Application questions should be addressed to exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

We are inviting curators and artists to submit exhibition proposals for the Main Gallery of 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 institutional 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 brochure. 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:

Submission form

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.

Deadline for 2020 review (deadline extended): May 15, 2019

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 exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

We are seeking artists working within the realm of Book Art to submit project proposals for The Featured Artist Project exhibition series at the Center for Book Arts. Artists are to submit a project concept that features the artistic conveyance of a project idea experimenting with the form and conceptuality of Book Art. The floor plan of the gallery space can be seen here.

This Exhibition Series is a competitive process and intended to provide artist members 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 curator 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 exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

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. 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.

Deadline for 2020 review (deadline extended): May 15th, 2019

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 exhibitions@centerforbookarts.org

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. 

The Center for Book Arts is pleased to continue the Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts. In 2019, the Center will award 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 winter. 

Artists are invited to submit applications by Sunday, June 30, 2019. 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 Summer 2019, June 19-23 (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 with Master Printer Barbara Henry 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 2018-May 2019.)


Application Deadline is Sunday, June 2, 2019

NOTE: Applicants must be 18 years or older

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