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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. 

Please submit:

-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 camilo@centerforbookarts.org

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