In order to continue mounting outstanding exhibitions, publish the finest artists’ books, broadsides, chapbooks, and exhibition catalogs, and provide services to both emerging and established artists, we depend on your financial support.

Forty years ago we established an art center devoted to books as aesthetic objects, and our model has been copied by organizations across this country and abroad. We now have a Book Art Movement.

Please help us continue to advance the art of the book as we enter our fifth decade! In an era of declining public support for the arts, your contribution is more important than ever.

In addition to standard tiers of membership, we also have special membership categories for artists, students, institutions and businesses.


  • Receive course catalogs, member’s newsletter, and invitations to opening receptions and other special events at the Center
  • Discounts on the Center’s courses ($25 off classes $300 and above, $15 off all other classes)
  • Discounts on studio rental ($300 monthly/$15 hourly)
  • Discount admission to all lectures and public programs
  • Discounts on Center exhibition catalogues and other publications

Become an Associate Member. 

FRIEND: $100 annually

  • All of the above benefits
  • Free admission to all lectures with guest artists and poets
  • A private tour of new exhibitions prior to opening
  • A special item printed at the Center’s Jane Mead Timken Printshop

Become a Friend. 

PATRON: $250 annually

  • All of the above benefits
  • A limited handmade item such as an apron, T-shirt, or letterpress note cards printed in the Jane Mead Timken Printshop

Become a Patron. 

SUPPORTER: $500 annually

  • All of the above benefits
  • Two limited edition letterpress printed Chapbook broadsides
  • A catalogue from the Center’s Annual Artist Member’s exhibition

Become a Supporter. 


SUSTAINER: $1000 annually

  • All of the above benefits
  • A limited edition print by one of the Center’s Workspace Artists-in-Residence
  • A selection of the exhibition catalogues from the year’s main gallery exhibitions

Become a Sustainer. 

BENEFACTOR: $2500 annually

  • All of the above benefits
  • A handmade portfolio containing the complete set of limited edition broadsides from the Center Broadsides Reading Series, letterpress printed at the Center and signed by each author.

Become a Benefactor. 

MASTER BENEFACTOR: $5000 annually

  • Master Benefactor members receive all the benefits described above
  • A hand-bound limited edition Chapbook bound and printed at the Center

Become a Master Benefactor. 



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:
1. Purchase an Artist Membership
2. Register online as an artist member


Students receive same benefits as Associate Membership. A copy of a valid student ID must be submitted with the application form. Limited to two years.

Become a Student Member: Contact the Center to apply.

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBER: Any category at or above $100 annually

Institutions may join at $100 Friend and above levels and will receive all checklists/catalogues from each of the Center’s exhibitions during the year of their membership, in addition to the benefits of their membership category. Institutional membership is only available to non-profit, educational and research institutions.

CORPORATE MEMBER: Any category at or above $500 annually

Contact the Center for more information about Corporate Membership.

Center for Book Arts, Incorporated 1974 is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.