Message from Executive Director Corina Reynolds Regarding COVID-19:

It is with concern for COVID-19 that we announce the postponement of the April 2nd, 2020 Center for Book Arts Benefit. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, patrons, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to plan this event. As our Benefit is a vital source of financial support for the Center, please consider donating the purchase price of your ticket and even making an additional donation to help our organization through this challenging period.


Starting Monday, March 16th, the Center has decided to suspend all upcoming public events (lectures & classes) through the end of March in an effort to support the City’s request that we ensure social distancing and decrease public density. Please understand that this was not an easy decision for us to make; we can extend full refunds to those who have signed up for a cancelled class.

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of artistic practices related to the book as an art object.


Exhibitions On View

“I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name.”

Hadieh Shafie (2019)

I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name” is an exhibition entitled after a line in Sinan Antoon’s latest novel, The Book of Collateral Damage, featured alongside Hadieh Shafie and Zarina, whose works are deeply embedded within narrative mediums.

Warren Lehrer: Books, Animation, Performance, Collaboration

Warren Lehrer (2019
January 17 –
March 28, 2020

This exhibition explores Warren Lehrer’s approach to visualizing poetry and prose in multi-branched projects through books, typography, animation, performance, and collaboration.The centerpiece is Lehrer’s newest book/project, Five Oceans in a Teaspoon, a collaboration with poet/investigative journalist Dennis J Bernstein (Paper Crown Press, 2019). In addition to copies of the Five Oceans in a Teaspoon book, the exhibit includes 27 prints of individual poems and a reel of a dozen animations. The exhibit also features some of Lehrer’s previous books… 

The Private Life of Rag Dolls

Faride Mereb
January 17 –
March 28, 2020

The Private life of Rag Dolls is based on the book, Once Upon a Rag Doll, by Aquiles Nazoa (1920-1976), one of Venezuela’s most prominent writers, humorists, and journalists. The exhibition will feature artist Faride Mereb’s research findings and photographs made during a visit to the author’s family in Caracas, as well as photographs of the original dolls and reinterpretations of the original characters…

Remembering Walter Hamady: Selections from The Perishable Press

©Dana Weise
January 17 –
March 28, 2020

Remembering Walter Hamady: Selections from the Perishable Press celebrates the life and career of Walter Hamady. As a pioneer of bookbinding, printmaking and collage, Hamady created the Perishable Press as a space for experimentation and innovation in the field of book arts. By collaborating with other poets, writers and artists, Hamady brought others into the realm of bookmaking, expanding the reach of the medium…


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