Opening Reception for “Then & Now” Sunday, Sept. 27 at the College of New Rochelle

Published September 24, 2015

exhibitions2015_then-and-now_castle-gallery_01Our Spring 2015 Exhibition Then & Now: Ten Years of Residencies at the Center for Book Arts, organized by Alexander Campos, Center for Book Arts Executive Director & Curator, has traveled to Castle Gallery at the College of New Rochelle and is now on view through November 8, 2015.

The gallery is having an opening reception for the show this Sunday, September 27, from 2 to 4pm. The address is: 29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY. View Directions.

There will also be a lecture by the show’s curator Alexander Campos Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:45 p.m., at Romita Auditorium, Mooney Center, The College of New Rochelle.

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“Archive Bound,” Organized by Karen E. Jones, Opens October 2, 2015

Published September 22, 2015


Sasha Huber, Rentyhorn (video still)

When: October 2nd –December 12th, 2015
Where: 28 W. 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Subway: N/R to 28th St, or F to 23rd St
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm
Gallery Admission: Free
Opening Reception: October 2, 6-8pm
Curator Moderated Roundtable Discussion: October 23rd, 6:30pm. Suggested donation for the general public is $10 non-members/$5 members.
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The Center for Book Arts presents its Fall 2015 Main Gallery Exhibition, on view from October 2 through December 12, to mark the opening of its 41st season. Archive Bound, organized by Independent Curator Karen E. Jones, examines methodologies within the presentation, documentation, historiography, and exhibition display of non-object based and site-specific artworks. Additionally, the exhibition includes books, photographs, and ephemera associated with Conceptual, Performance, and Site-Specific Art practices. Several first generation avant-garde figures lay the groundwork for a discourse on the contemporary utilization of these crucial genres. An opening reception will be held October 2, 6-8pm. Admission to the gallery is free. Several performances and a roundtable discussion will be included as part of the exhibition.

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Art Book Celebration: September 18, 7-10pm

Published September 8, 2015


To mark the conclusion of its 40th Anniversary celebrations, the close of summer exhibitions, and the launch of its 40th Anniversary Publication 7 Nights: 28 Poets, The Center for Book Arts opens its doors for an Art Book Celebration, on Friday, September 18, 7-9pm.

The night of festivities and libations coincides with Printed Matter’s 10th Annual NY Art Book Fair. Activities will include: “make-and-take” printing and binding stations led by artists Rich O’Russa, Elizabeth Sheehan, and Jennifer Verbit; a raffle; and a last glimpse at the Center’s acclaimed summer exhibitions Embraced: The International Communityorganized by Richard Minsky, Founder, Center for Book Arts, and /mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualizedorganized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts, and Heidi Neilson, artist and Co-Founder of SP Weather Station. The limited-edition publication 7 Nights: 28 Poets will be available for purchase.

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“Repositioning the Archive” Podcast Series – Panel 2

Published July 29, 2015

hoa2015_archive2_01The second panel of our podcast series “History of Art: Repositioning the Archive” is now available! Listen on the Bookbinding Now website or as a free download from iTunes.

Panel 2: “Innovative Practices of Presenting Archives to the Public”
Recorded at the Center on March 20, 2015. View images from the event on Flickr.
Moderator: Marvin J. Taylor, New York University, Director & Curator, Fales Library
Andrew Blackley, Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, Archivist, and Artist
Ben Vershbow, New York Public Library, Director, NYPL Labs
Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc, Founding Director.

Listen now!

The third and final installment will be published on Wednesday, August 5. Bookbinding Now is hosted by Susan Mills, book artist and alumni instructor at the Center.

The Center for Book Arts’ 2015 History of Art Series is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Additional support comes from the Metropolitan New York Library Council and the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association.

Listen to the Podcast Series “Repositioning the Archive”

Published July 22, 2015

hoa2015_archive1_01The Center’s 2015 History of Art lecture series “Repositioning the Archive,” which we hosted earlier this year, is now available as a free podcast! The first of three installments is available for streaming on the podcast series Bookbinding NowListen on their website or as a free download from iTunes.

Panel 1: “Understanding Archives and Recent Shifts”
Recorded at the Center on March 13, 2015. View images from the event on Flickr.
Moderator: Marvin J. Taylor, New York University, Director & Curator, Fales Library
Jonathan Berger, 80WSE Gallery, Director and Artist
Ann E. Butler, Bard College, Library & Archives, Center for Curatorial Studies, Director
Glenn E. Wharton, New York University, Clinical Associate Professor of Museum Studies.

Listen now!

The next two installments will be published on Wednesday, July 29, and Wednesday, August 5. Bookbinding Now is hosted by Susan Mills, book artist and alumni instructor at the Center.

The Center for Book Arts’ 2015 History of Art Series is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Additional support comes from the Metropolitan New York Library Council and the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association.

2015-16 Scholars for Advanced Studies in Book Arts Announced

Published July 2, 2015

Congratulations to Shana Agid, Wayne Kleppe, and Beth Sheehan, who were recently selected for the Center’s 2015-16 Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts. The three recipients were chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the artistic endeavors in the book arts.

The purpose of the Scholars program is to provide opportunities to emerging artists committed to developing careers in the book arts field, and to further the growth of this artistic profession. The recipients receive a cash stipend plus a materials budget and 24-hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year. The artists also receive a tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff.

The three scholars will complete an artist project during the scholarship period, which will be presented in an exhibition in our gallery space in the fall of 2016.

Learn more about the Center’s opportunities for artists.

The Center Welcomes Four New Board Members

Published June 30, 2015

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

Published June 2, 2015

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 Miguel Martínez 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.

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

Published December 31, 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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