Ends on December 1, 2019

The Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the Book Art Research Fellowship for 2020.

Researchers and scholars in art history, literature, book history, library science, or museum studies are invited to submit research proposals drawing upon the Center’s unique collections of materials related to book art. 


The Center’s Permanent Collection consists of three parts: 1) a Fine Arts Collection of artists’ books, prints, and objects; 2) a Reference Library focused on the practice, theory, and history of book arts; and 3) the Center’s Archives containing records of original exhibitions presented at the Center and the history of the Center’s programmatic activities. Taken as a whole, the Center’s collections serve as a historical record of book art as a creative medium and a framework for critical research into book art practice.


To learn more about the Center for Book Arts collections and its holdings visit the online catalog


The Book Art Research Fellowship will provide a stipend of $1,500 for research projects drawing upon the Center's holdings. The selected individuals will be given access to the Center's collections and provided institutional support during the research process. Fellows are expected to spend two or three weeks at the Center for Book Arts. At the end of their work at the Center, each fellow will present their research in a public program and the Center will subsequently have the first right of refusal to publish their research. 


Two fellows will be selected for the 2020 calendar year. US-based graduate students and scholars in art history, literature, book history, library science, museum studies, and related fields are encouraged to submit applications.


Submissions must be made through submittable and should include:

  • Resume or CV  
  • A 500 to 1000 word proposal outlining the research project. 

The proposal should include how holdings from the Center for Book Arts relate to the project, a short bibliography listing individual resources from the collection to be consulted, and a proposed timeline for residency at the Center for Book Arts. Research periods can take place any time in the calendar year of 2020 outside of holidays and other planned closures listed on the Center’s website. 


Deadline for 2020 review: December 1, 2019.


The review process will take place in early December. Applicants will be notified in January. 

Application questions should be addressed to collections@centerforbookarts.org