Center for Book Arts awards 2 to 3 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 $1500, 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. 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.
In order to apply you must be a New York State resident. Housing is not provided. On average, Book Artists-in-Residence spend 20-40 hours per week in the studios and use a tuition waiver up to $5000 for CBA courses. The residency is not able to support collectives or collaborations.
We welcome artists of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences to apply.
The 2024 Book Artist in Residence Program runs from January through December 2024.
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.
-A statement describing why you would benefit from being a Book Artist-in-Residence at Center for Book Arts.
-A statement demonstrating how the book arts have been central to your artistic practice.
-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.
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