The Center for Book Arts offers many opportunities for artists and writers.
The Center for Book Arts provides artists with special services and opportunities in addition to the benefits of their
membership category. Artist Members are included in the Artist Slide Registry, a resource devoted to artists
working in the book format, which is used by curators, researchers, collectors, writers and other artists as a
reference tool. They also enjoy the opportunity to submit works to The Center's annual summer exhibition, a juried
show which features works by members, as well as the opportunity to apply to be our Featured Artist.
details and application (PDF file)
Studio rental is
available to any person who is qualified to use the equipment, including a 36" guillotine peper cutter, a 3-ton Kensol hot stamping press, five Vandercook proof presses, a treadle platen press and several hand platen presses from 5" x 8" and up, including a newspaper size Washington Hand Press, many cases of hand type, and all the usual equipment you expect to find in a letterpress printshop and hand bindery. Rental fees are $20 per hour ($12 for members). Monthly rates available as well.
Call for Entries: 2007 Artist Members' Exhibition
The Center for Book Arts is pleased to invite Artist Members to submit artworks created between 2004 and 2007 to be considered for the 2007 Artist Members Exhibition titled: (Un)Contained Vessels. Pamela Spitzmueller, Book Artist and James W. Needham Chief Conservator
for Special Collections, The Harvard University Library and the College Library, and Alexander Campos, CBAÕs
Executive Director. The theme of the 2007 members exhibition examines the container not as merely a functional holding place, but as an
integrated/activated part of the piece that is equally important and even enhances the art object it houses. guidelines and entry form (PDF file)
Cultural Autobiography Workshop
As part of its Education Outreach Program, the Center for Book Arts offers a tuition-free, daytime intensive workshop in hand bookbinding and artist's books, especially for high school students. Participants will explore their individual cultural background through the process of making books. Basic structures will be taught to create one-of-a-kind artist's books that depict the student's relationship with family, community and culture of origin. This workshop is open to all artistic levels, although it is open only to students in the 8th through 12th grade in June 2006. Students must possess an interest in the project and see it to completion over the course of the week. The workshop is tuition free for those accepted. The workshop will be held July 31-August 4, 2006.
details and application (PDF file)
Poetry Chapbook Competition
The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. The deadline for the 2007 competition is December 1, 2006. The winning manuscript will be chosen in April 2007 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, ten of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center. The winning poet will also receive a cash award of $500, and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at The Center in the fall of 2007. This year's
judges will be Jane Hirshfield & Sharon Dolin.
guidelines and entry form (PDF file)
Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing
The Center for Book Arts invites applications for Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing
Seminar For Emerging Writers. The next section of this seminar is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, March 30-31 & April 1. The
seminar is tuition free for participants and includes the cost of materials. Those selected must attend the entire three-day workshop. details and application (PDF file)
For Emerging Writers
The Center for Book Arts is pleased to continue the Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists program in 2007. Up to four New York-based emerging artists will be offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artist's books and related work in two-to-four month residencies. The purpose of this program is to promote experimentation in making book art, thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Center especially encourages applications from artists of culturally diverse backgrounds. details and application (PDF file)
Featured Artist Projects
The Center for Book Arts invites artist members to submit proposals for its Featured Artist Projects Exhibition Program. There is no deadline: proposals are reviewed three or four times a year. There is no entry fee but only current Artist Members may apply. The next meeting of our Exhibitions Committee will be in mid-January. call for entries (PDF file)
Sally R. Bishop Master Faculty Fellowship
This program provides an artist/ instructor from outside of New York an
opportunity to teach a master class and to give a formal lecture in New York
City. This Winter/Spring session the Center welcomes Karen Kunc as our Sally
R. Bishop Master Faculty Fellow. Although this program is by invitation
only, artist/instructors can submit proposals and credentials to be reviewed
by the Education Committee.
Stein Family Scholarship Fund for Advanced Studies in Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the Stein Family Scholarship Fund for Advanced Studies in Book Arts. In 2007, the Center will award 2 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 individuals committed to developing careers in the book arts field, and to further the growth of this artistic profession. Stein Scholars will receive free tuition for courses and access to the studios. They will have the opportunity to teach certain core courses at the Center, depending on their background. Scholars will act as shop stewards in the studios for a set specific number of hours per week, supervising renters and volunteers in the printing and/or binding areas. No travel or lodging reimbursements are available, though a small stipend for materials may be provided. details and application (PDF file)
The internship program offers hands-on training in arts administration and
management and book arts techniques. Participants receive a comprehensive
overview of not-for-profit operations and are able to take classes and use
the workspace for their own projects. Internships, although on-going,
usually coincide with one of the three semesters of the Center's classes.
The lengths of internships vary from one month to several months, depending
on the student's needs as well as the Center's scheduled activities.
Internships are throughout the year. details and application (PDF file)
A limited number of work/study positions are available for students or artists who want to work to pay for workspace rental or the tuition for CBA courses. In this program, students can study tuition-free by working a pre-set number of hours at CBA. At least 50% of these hours must be completed before the start of the class and a materials fee must be paid prior to the first class. The Center offers both temporary and semi-permanent positions. Temporary work study can be completed with seasonal or special projects such as the annual Holiday Sale or other scheduled events or CBA projects. Semi-permanent work study students work on projects that include office administration, gallery reception, archive management and general building maintenance. details and application (PDF file)
Much of the Center's accomplishments depend on the time donated by volunteers. Printing announcements, maintaining the printshop and bindery equipment, stuffing envelopes for a mailing, and a myriad of other activities constitute the "behind the scenes" work that needs to be done. If you are able to spend a few hours of your time helping make the Center a better place, please click
here to schedule volunteer time or call Alex Campos at (212) 481-0295.