2005 Workspace Grant
for New York Emerging Artists
The Center for Book Arts is pleased to continue the Workspace Grant for New
York Emerging Artists program in 2005. 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.
The award includes individual studio space, a $500 cash stipend, use of the
Center's printing and binding facilities, a materials budget, and an opening
reception and presentation of the artist's work in one of our gallery cases
as a Monthly Featured Artist. Other possible opportunities to present work
to the public include a lecture or performance as part of the Center's
special events calendar.
Artists receive a tuition waiver for our workshop Bookbinding for Artists or
an equivalent workshop prior to the residency. Residents may enroll in other
workshops on a space available basis. Experienced printers and bookbinders
will be available to advise the artists on issues of materials and
techniques as they arise. Artists must make use of the studio at least 10
hours per week.
The Center for Book Arts was founded in 1974 to develop and promote
traditional bookmaking crafts and contemporary interpretations of the book
as an art object. This grant will provide, at no cost to the artists,
24-hour access to a partitioned individual workspace (with a work table,
storage space and a locker) and use of the Center's equipment and
facilities. These include a complete letterpress printshop with four
Vandercook proof presses, a treadle press, a 19th century Washington hand
press and several platen presses, a composing room with many cabinets of
foundry type, a Charles Brand etching press, a 36" guillotine paper cutter,
and all accessory equipment. The two binderies include nipping presses,
standing presses, two board shears, a 3-ton Kensol hot stamping press, a
Kwikprint hot stamping press, lying presses, backing presses, and many hand
tools. The Center's slide registry and other reference materials are also
Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or
graduate degree programs during the program year (January- December 2005).
Applicants must be New York State residents and must reside in the greater
NYC area at the time of application and during the residency. Artists must
be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
It is encouraged that artists visit the Center for Book Arts prior to
applying to this program. Artists do not need an appointment to visit. The
Center is open to the public M - F 10 am - 6pm and Saturdays 10am - 4pm.
Artists are invited to submit applications postmarked by October 1, 2004 for
the 2005 program. There is no application fee.
1. Current resume (two pages maximum).
2. An artist's statement (maximum 250 words). Write about your vision and
goals as an artist, what attracts you this particular residency program, and
how the residency will benefit your work. NOTE: Please do not submit a
specific project proposal. * Experience in making books is not a
prerequisite. The objective of this program is to introduce bookmaking
techniques to artists and to provide supported time for experimentation.
3. Ten slides of your work (in any medium) in a slide sheet. Please label
slides with numbers 1 - 10, your name, title, date, and TOP.
OR submit video documentation of your work, not more than 5 minutes long,
with a one paragraph description of the work. Please cue your tape to the
5-minute segment that you would like the selection panel to watch.
NOTE: Audio tapes, digital files or CD roms, promotional materials such as
catalogs or postcards, and other supplemental materials will not be
accepted. The Center for Book Arts is not responsible for such materials.
They will be discarded.
4. A descriptive slide sheet that corresponds with numbered slides and gives
the title, date, dimensions and medium of the piece shown.
5. A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for return of slides/video.
Application materials without SASE that are not picked up at the Center by
January 1, 2005 will be discarded.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED
Please send materials postmarked by October 1, 2004 to:
ATTN: 2005 Workspace Grant
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10001
If you have questions or require further information, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212 481 0295. Applicants are encouraged
to go to the Center's website and to visit to get a sense of our gallery
space, studio facilities and educational programs.
A panel will select finalists from slide submissions. Finalists will be
interviewed and the selection process will be completed by December 31,
2004. The timing of the residency for each artist will be determined after
selection process is complete.
All applicants will be notified by mail. Please do not call the Center for
The Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists is made possible with
public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency and
the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.