Opportunities for Artists
Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant
Submission deadline: Closed
Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts
Submission deadline: Closed
Featured Artist Projects
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE WORKSPACE GRANT FOR NEW YORK EMERGING ARTISTS
Congratulations to our new Workspace Artists-in-Residence Shelly Bahl, Milcah Bassel, Charlotte Becket, Alix Pentecost-Farren, Bundith Phunsombatlert. Each year, up to five New York-based emerging artists are offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artists’ books and related work in year-long 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.
Get to know our new residents:
Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist born in Benares, India, raised in Toronto and currently based in New York City. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally. She has also worked extensively with non-profit arts organizations and educational institutions as a curator, arts programmer and educator, and is currently teaching at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.
Milcah Bassel is a multidisciplinary artist raised in Israel and currently based in Jersey City. Her work activates body-space relations through installation, performance, drawing, and other media to explore notions of emptiness, radical imagination, and transformation. Bassel received a Post- Baccalaureate in Studio Art from Brandeis University (2011), and an MFA in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (2013). In 2017 she was awarded a Guttenberg Arts STAR residency, named a Smack Mellon “Hot Pick”, and participated in the Bronx Museum AIM program and the Fourth AIM Biennial.
Charlotte Becket lives and works in New York City where she is also an Associate Professor at Pace University. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, TimeOut London, ArtForum, and Art in America, among others.
Alix Pentecost-Farren is an illustrator, cartoonist and artist. Her work has included stationery design, mud murals, animations, and installations. She went to school for art and design at the North Carolina School of the Arts and then studied illustration and filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design before moving to Brooklyn, NY.
Bundith Phunsombatlert is a media artist living and working in NYC. Carefully considering the history of a culture or place, he develops artworks that reconsider new identities in the globalization era; his work reflects his own migration between traditional and new media, and from his native Thailand to his current home in the US. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, in the US, Finland, Australia, and China, among others. His selected awards and fellowships are the NYSCA Grant (2013), Pollock-Krasner Grant (2011), Asian Cultural Council Fellow (2007), and UNESCO Digital Art Award/the 12th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2004).
Deadline for 2019 Residency is October 15, 2018
SCHOLARSHIP FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN BOOK ARTS
Congratulations to our recently selected 2017-18 Scholars, Laura Byrne, Ben Denzer, and Elizabeth Castaldo.
In 2019, the Center will award two to three scholarships to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the artistic endeavors in the book arts. The purpose of this 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 award includes a cash stipend plus a materials budget and 24 hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year. Artists also receive a tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff. Scholars will be required to complete an artist project by the end of the scholarship period, with an exhibition in our gallery space and public presentation the following autumn.
Applications will open March 1, 2018 on Submittable Click here to Apply online.
Get to know our 2017-18 scholars:
Laura Byrne is an Artist and Bookmaker from Ireland who currently resides in New York. She obtained her BA (Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art, receiving awards from the National Gallery. Byrne was awarded a residency at The National Folk Theatre of Ireland and ran the Arthouse and Library Project. She worked with Ellen Frank’s Illumination Atelier, and at Printed Matter in Manhattan. She founded her own Publishing Company, Potatoe Press, which highlights projects by female artists and bookmakers.
Ben Denzer is interested in the book as an object. His work has received awards from the Type Directors Club, AIGA + Design Observer’s 50 Books | 50 Covers, AI-AP, and has been featured in Grafik, Mashable, and AIGA Eye on Design, among others. 9-5 Ben works as a book cover designer within the Penguin Art Group. He also photographs ice cream on top of books (@ice_cream_books).
Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist based in Peekskill NY who creates mixed media works on paper, prints, and artists books that explore the connection of feminine sensuality to nature and its manifestations in modern culture. She received her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta GA in 2013 where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking. Castaldo has exhibited work throughout the United States and abroad. Her artist’s books are shown and sold through Vamp & Tramp Booksellers. Castaldo’s work has been collected by SCAD, Carnegie Melon University, Yale University, and several other institutions and private collectors.
All artists are welcome to apply for artist membership at The Center for Book Arts. One does not have to be a book artist to apply for artist membership, but must have created work related to the medium of book arts.
In addition to the benefits of an Associate Membership including discounts on classes and events, artist member benefits include:
- A profile page on the Center’s Online Artist Registry, a resource used by curators, researchers, collectors, writers, and other artists as a reference tool.
- Invitations to have work for sale represented by the Center at art and book fairs, such as the annual New York Art Book Fair, Codex International Book Fair, CUNY Chapfest Bookfair, and more.
- Opportunities to submit works to the Center’s member exhibitions, and apply to show recent work in the Center’s Featured Artist Project exhibition series.
- Chance to be featured on the Center’s blog and social media sites.
To become an artist member, you must purchase an Artist Membership
2018 ARTIST MEMBERS EXHIBITION
The Center for Book Arts is pleased to invite Artist Members to submit artworks produced after 2013 to be considered for the 2018 Artist Members Exhibition tentatively titled: Opulence: Not Everything that Glitters is Gold. An exhibition of artwork that looks behind the velvet curtain, in particular at our current economic, social, political, ecological, and cultural issues/concerns and/or playful works that have multiple layers of meaning and interpretations. The exhibition will be organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, The Center for Book Arts.
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECTS
The Center for Book Arts invites artists to submit proposals for its Featured Artist Projects Exhibition Program. Artist members are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no deadline: proposals are reviewed three or four times a year by the Exhibitions Committee. Please note that the Center’s exhibition schedule is planned at least 15 months in advance.
Download the PDF application.
Rental of our facilities is available at special artist rates. Find out more.