It is the generous funding from bookish friends like you that keeps our lights on, our letterpresses oiled and whirring, and ensures our public programs are available and affordable for our growing community!

Join us in welcoming 100 new members in
the month of May!

In an effort to propel our upcoming virtual Spring and Summer programming, we invite you to support the Center for Book Arts and become a member in the month of May. After gathering feedback from our current members, we’ve made membership with the Center more suited to our community’s changing needs in this time and beyond.

We’d love for you to join us if you can, or perhaps gift a membership to a friend or loved one–anyone from new bookmakers to long-time artists book collectors.

Sustain our endeavors to promote active and accessible explorations of artistic practices related to the book as an art object and become a member today!

The Center for Book Arts is thrilled to present the winners of the 2020 Chapbook Contest judged by Raquel Salas Rivera

The Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest awards the winning manuscript with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, which will be offered for sale through the Center. The winning poet will also receive a cash award, as well as an exclusive opportunity for a week-long stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York for their Wintertide Rustic Retreat. The runners up are awarded with a limited edition broadside print of a poem from their manuscript.

Winner: Katerina Isabel Ramos-Jordán

Starting Monday, March 16th, the Center has decided to suspend all upcoming in-person events (lectures & classes) through the end of May as well as our Summer Exhibitions, which will be postponed to next year 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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