Announcing our 2020-21 Book Artists-in-Residence

Joining the Center as the 2020-21 Book Artists-in-Residence are three multidisciplinary makers at various stages of their careers, each bringing aspects of social engagement, participatory methodology, and practices in paper and print. We are ecstatic to welcome Lizania Cruz, Oswaldo García, and Alva Mooses to our community, and we are excited to share their work and insight with you throughout the duration of their residency.


With our incredible book arts community’s support, we not only met our goal, we surpassed it! Together, we raised over $75,000 in our month-long Summer Appeal, From Legacy to Liberation. We couldn’t be more thrilled to continue to be able to grow our programming, our breadth of workshops, and events in 2020 and beyond. Thank you.

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Reopening to the public on October 9th, 2020

We are excited to announce that we will be reopening to the public at a limited capacity beginning on October 9th, 2020, coinciding with the opening of our Fall exhibitions. We will be open Monday-Friday from 11-4pm. We will be releasing more information as the date approaches.

Book Arts Toward Liberation

At the Center for Book Arts, it is constant work: the way we define community, the way we show up and hold each other accountable, and the ways we aim to leverage book arts as a tool for action. We’ve witnessed the systemic injustice against Black people in this city, and across the country, and we cannot operate neutrally. Through our residency programs, literary programs, and exhibitions, we hope to provide a space where Black artists can feel safe and empowered to make, learn, curate, and produce. We are committing to providing resources for Black artists and the work made toward liberation, where book arts are a source of possibility for political change.

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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Please note, our gallery is temporarily closed to the public and will reopen at a limited capacity on October 9th, 2020

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