Mission & History
Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of artistic practices related to the book as an art object.
Founded in 1974, Center for Book Arts (CBA) is the oldest non profit dedicated to uplifting and furthering the book arts & book art through education, preservation, exhibition, generation, and community building.
The book arts and book art inherently democratize the powerful media of the book by empowering people to harness the format independent from the exclusive industry of commercial publishing.
In solidarity with Black lives and in our efforts toward utilizing the book arts as a tool toward liberation, the Board and Staff of Center for Book Arts are committed to anti-racism and actively work against violence in all its guises.
A major goal of our programs, both in-person and online, is to encourage and nurture the many perspectives, experiences, and processes that artists bring to the space. We strive to cultivate a myriad of practices within the book arts, tying in our varied and collective histories outside of the dominant canon.
The organization opposes discrimination due to race, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and age. We affirm our dedication to values that ensure transparency and equity for all our staff, students, faculty, and the greater book arts community.
CBA’s multifaceted in-person and online offerings include:
You can access our rich collections of artist’s books, books on book arts, and other rare items—many of which are not publicly available anywhere else in the world—online or in person (by appointment or drop-in). Make an appointment to view the collections in person by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
From artist talks to poetry readings to community gatherings, CBA offers exciting ways to engage with the book arts through live programs that take place either in-person or online. Check out our events calendar…
CBA’s well-equipped bindery and printshop studios feature 300 type specimens, vandercooks, a 19th century Washington hand press, several platen presses, a 36” guillotine paper cutter, board shears, varieties of presses including hot stamping presses, hand tools, and more. Studio rentals are available. Request a studio orientation by emailing email@example.com.
In an effort to ensure our programming remains accessible to all who wish to engage, many of our programmatic offerings have pay-what-you-can pricing or need-based financial aid available.
Hours & Admission
Admission to CBA is free with a suggested donation.
Covid 19 Healthy & Safety
All visitors are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination upon arrival and wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while on-site. If you do not have a mask when you arrive, one will be provided for you.
If you have a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine, please contact CBA Executive Director Corina Reynolds in advance of your visit.
CBA is located in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood at 28 W 27th Street, 3rd Floor between 7th Avenue and Broadway.
- 29 West 28th Street, between Broadway and 6th Avenue
(Enter on 28th Street or Broadway)
- 6th Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets
- 101 West 23rd Street, near 6th Avenue
- 1251 Broadway, near 31st Street
- 39 West 23rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
Please note: street parking in Manhattan is VERY limited and restrictions prevent the general public from using street parking on weekdays from 6am-7pm in our neighborhood.
Center for Book Arts welcomes all and makes every attempt to accommodate our community’s access needs.
CBA’s building has an elevator, with a backup freight elevator, both accessible from street level.
Our galleries and studio space are wheelchair accessible with an ADA-compliant bathroom. The space is regularly cleaned and sanitized.
Large type programs are available on request. Please call ahead if you have questions or needs.
Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Fl
New York, New York 10001
Contact UsWe receive a high level of inquiries, please be patient and allow 3-5 business days to receive a reply from the appropriate staff member.
Director of Development
Educational Programs Manager
Artist Programs Manager
Editorial Intern, Book Art Review
Matthew Murphy, Volunteer Print Specialist
Malik Kirkwood, Exhibitions Volunteer
Senior Publications Advisor
Board of Directors
Stephen Bury, Chair
Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library
Gail Coleman, Treasurer
Managing Director and CFO, J. Fitzgibbons LLC
Director of Global Event & Marketing Operations, S&P Global
Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College
Sherman Fairchild Head of Conservation
Thaw Conservation Center, The Morgan Library & Museum
Tom L. Freudenheim
Museum Professional and Art Critic
Neal Grenley, Secretary
White & Case LLP
Museum Professional, Retired
Artist, Educator, and Founder of Endless Editions
Head of Library Technical Services; Associate Professor, CUNY, Retired
Artist and Educator
Asher Schlusselberg, Vice Chair
Associate, The Plymouth Group
Special Collections Librarian and Faculty, St. John’s University, Retired
Thorsten Baensch (Brussels, Belgium); Sarah Bodman (Bristol, United Kingdom); David Dibosa (London, United Kingdom); Peter Foolen (Eindhoven, Netherlands); Jack Ginsberg (Johannesburg, South Africa); Angela Lorenz (Bologna, Italy); Susanne Padberg (Vienna, Austria); Priya Pereira (Mumbai, India); Sharmini Pereira (Colombo, Sri Lanka); Melanie Scarciglia (Paris, France); Renée Ting (Singapore)