The Center Welcomes Four New Board Members

The Center is pleased to introduce Richard Grosbard, Mark Samuels Lasner, Jeffrey L. Loop, and Tony White, who were recently elected to the Board of Directors.

Richard Grosbard is an art collector. Over a period of 40 years he acquired outstanding examples of historical and contemporary photographs. His book art collection includes the work of Richard Minsky, Hedi Kyle, and Tom Phillips. He previously served on the Washington University Libraries National Council and George Eastman House Council. Grosbard is presently enrolled at Columbia University.

Mark Samuels Lasner is a collector, bibliographer, and typographer. He is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library. The author of numerous books and bibliographies on Victorian literature and art, his articles and notes have appeared in journals including Browning Institute Studies and Notes and Queries. He was the principal organizer or co-curator of exhibitions at institutions including the Georgetown University Library, the Houghton Library and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, and the Grolier Club. His collection of books, manuscripts, letters, and artworks focuses on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s. It is housed at the University of Delaware Library but is privately owned.

Jeffrey L. Loop is an attorney focused on commercial litigation, intellectual property, media, art, and not-for-profit law. He has been counsel at a number of distinguished New York law firms and has written articles on intellectual property and social media as well as on street art and privacy. Prior to his legal career, he worked as an executive in the fashion industry for firms including DKNY, Wolfgang Joop, Fila, and Calvin Klein. Loop has a BA from the University of Florida and a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Tony White is Associate Chief Librarian for Reader Services at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he oversees reference, instruction, circulation, and stacks management for the Thomas J. Watson Library, the Nolen Education Library, the Costume Institute’s Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, and the Cloisters Library and Archives. Most recently he was Director of Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Prior to that he was Head of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University Bloomington and Art and Architecture Librarian at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. White has made books, prints, photographs, and book arts, and has worked as a book and paper conservation technician. He has organized exhibitions on artist books at Yale’s Arts of the Book Collection, the Center for Book Arts, the Lilly Rare Book Library and Columbia College in Chicago. White publishes and speaks regularly on contemporary artist’s books, independent publishing, zines, book arts, and related topics.

2015 Chapbook Honorees Announced

Congratulations to our selected poet, Diana Marie Delgado of Brooklyn, NY! Her manuscript Late-Night Talks With Men I Think I Trust was chosen from over 300 entries by this year’s curators, Cornelius Eady and Sharon Dolin, and will be published as a limited-edition letterpress-printed chapbook, produced by artists at the Center. She has received an honorarium and will be awarded a one-week stay in the Winter Shakers Program at The Millay Colony for the Arts.

Honorable mentions go to Joy Katz of Pittsburgh, PA, for White: An Abstract and Pablo Miguelínez of Louisville, KY, for Cuent@. The Center will print a letterpress broadside of a poem from each of the honorable mention manuscripts.

Watch for the annual reading by our Chapbook honorees and curators this fall!

About the 2015 Judges

CORNELIUS EADY is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985; in 2001 Brutal Imagination was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, “Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play, Brutal Imagination,” won Newsday’s Oppenheimer award in 2002. In 1996 Eady co-founded, with writer Toi Derricotte, the Cave Canem summer workshop/retreat for African American poets. More than a decade later, Cave Canem is a thriving national network of black poets, as well as an institution offering regional workshops, readings, a frst book prize, and the summer retreat. Eady has been a teacher for more than twenty years, and is now a professor at Notre Dame University.

SHARON DOLIN is the author of fve books of poems, most recently: Whirlwind (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and Burn and Dodge (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Her second book, Serious Pink (Marsh Hawk Press, 2002), is an ekphrastic collection that has received much critical acclaim. She has been awarded the 2013 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, selected by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. Her other honors include a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy, the Poetry Society of America’s Gordon Barber Memorial Award, and a recent Pushcart Prize (2011). In May, 2014, Sharon Dolin launched an 8-day poetry workshop: Writing About Art in Barcelona. Sharon Dolin lives in New York City, where she teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y. www.sharondolin.com

Call for submissions for our 2016 Chapbook Program

The submission deadline for next year’s competition is December 1, 2015. View full guidelines.

A Look Back at 2014

What a year we’ve had at the Center! From openings and celebrations to talks, classes and readings, we made some great memories with new and familiar faces as we entered our 40th Anniversary year. A huge thank you to our members, instructors, students, volunteers, staff, board, supporters, artists, and everyone who participated in this year’s wide range of fantastic events.

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Artist Spotlight: Iviva Olenick

The classes or events mentioned in this blog post happened in the past. It’s possible that we are offering a similar class or a similar event is happening now or in the future. Please view the Center for Book Arts class listings, Events, Exhibits, or Contact us for more information.
On Wednesday, August 6th, the Center will host an Artist Talk featuring Béatrice Coron, Iviva Olenick, and Ximena Pérez Grobet, who are all exhibiting their works in Livres d’Artiste d’Aujourd’hui: Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Leading up to the Talk, we will write a Spotlight featuring each artist.

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Artist Spotlights: Ximena Pérez Grobet

The classes or events mentioned in this blog post happened in the past. It’s possible that we are offering a similar class or a similar event is happening now or in the future. Please view the Center for Book Arts class listingsEventsExhibits, or Contact us for more information.

On Wednesday, August 6th, the Center will host an Artist Talk featuring Béatrice Coron, Iviva Olenick, and Ximena Pérez Grobet, who are all exhibiting their works in Livres d’Artiste d’Aujourd’hui: Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Leading up to the Talk, we will write a Spotlight featuring each artist.

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Artist Spotlight: Béatrice Coron

The class(es) mentioned in this blog post were taught in the past. It’s possible that we are offering a similar class now or in the future. Please view the Center for Book Arts class listings or Contact us for more information.

On Wednesday, August 6th, the Center will host an Artist Talk featuring Béatrice Coron, Iviva Olenick, and Ximena Pérez Grobet, who are all exhibiting their works in Livres d’Artiste d’Aujourd’hui: Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Leading up to the Talk, we will write a Spotlight featuring each artist.

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August Workshops: Vegetable Gardens, Papercutting, Platen Presses, oh my!

The classes or events mentioned in this blog post happened in the past. It’s possible that we are offering a similar class or a similar event is happening now or in the future. Please view the Center for Book Arts class listingsEventsExhibits, or Contact us for more information.

We’re deep into the summer now, and what a way to get through the slow burn by checking out some of our August workshops?

Pop-Up Vegetable Garden
August 2nd – 3rd, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm

What’s exciting about the structure of a cauliflower? Where’s the drama in a potato? Build these jewel-toned heirloom vegetable pop-ups and find out! Led by pop-up engineer Shawn Sheehy, this weekend workshop is about creating 12 pop-up veggies in a greeting card format, which are perfect for display or gifts. Beginners are welcome; experienced participants will explore new ways of applying fundamental mechanics to abstract forms.

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Livre d’Artiste d’Aujourd’hui: Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Do you feel like something is missing in your world? Do you often wish there was a piece, a total artistic collaboration to fill that void in your life? In that case – voulez-vous aller voir des livres d’artiste avec moi?

Livre d’Artiste d’Aujourd’hui: Interdisciplinary Collaborations, organized by Alexander Campos (Executive Director and Curator, Center for Book Arts) and Maddy Rosenberg (Curator, Central Booking) gathers collaborations between artists and writers, performers, musicians, designers, storytellers, etc., and presents these resulting livres d’artiste.

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Zines+ and the World of ABC No Rio

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 — Take a look into one of the most anarchistic form of self-publication, where copy machines and staplers reign as tools of choice in this DIY, free-for-all guerrilla media.

Zines+ and The World of ABC No Rio, organized by Jason Lujan, is an exhibition that goes beyond the mere form of the zine, which is usually a cheaply-made and priced publication, often in black and white, mass-produced via a photocopier, and bound with staples. The exhibit presents and explains a range of these self-same printed materials, mixing both artists’ original creations with items from the ABC No Rio zine library archives, covering subject matter from arts-community history to political commentary.

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Artist Spotlight: Barbara Henry

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It’s been a while since we last featured Barbara Henry, though we focused on her role as an instructor at the Center. This time, we’ll look at Barbara and her work with Harsimus Press.

When she isn’t teaching the ins and outs of a Vandercook press at the Center, Barbara can be found creating work under Jersey City-based Harsimus Press. Also under Harsimus Press, she has a series of Random Reports, a booklet of poems “constructed out of randomly chosen words and phrases cut from the dated first section of the New York Times.”

Barbara’s work has appeared in many Center exhibitions, including but not limited to: I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings; Racism: an American Family Value; Illustrated Fine Printing, Whittington and Matrix in America, and among others.

In 2012, Barbara created Walt Whitman’s Faces, a mixed-media book including letterpress, linocuts and photography. Inspired by Whitman’s experience as a newspaper printer and interest in typography and printing, Barbara began reading Whitman’s poems through a typographical lens:

In 2009 I was asked to write a bibliographical analysis of the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass… While reviewing the text I encountered the poem entitled “Leaf of Faces”… Reading the poem with its new title for the first time, I was struck by the use of printers’ terms. Whitman had been apprenticed to a newspaper printer at the age of twelve and always took a personal interest in the design and typography of his books. “Faces”, I thought, might refer to type faces. The critical history of the poem emphasized human physiognomy and did not include references to typography. I approached Karen Karbiener, the Whitman scholar who had asked me to write the analysis, and she encouraged me to pursue this idea. For me, it was a way to use my typographical training — and my experience of nineteenth-century letterpress technology — to promote a more complete understanding of a poem that had been heretofore neglected by scholars.


Fittingly, Barbara will be leading a Summer Intensive in Visual Poetry and Letterpress. The class will explore the complex relationships between text and image, semantic meaning and visual composition while reshaping ideas about what poetry can be.