The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collections.
Founded in 1974 and still located in Manhattan, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world.
The Center for Book Arts is one of few contemporary arts organizations dedicated to the art of the book, and the only location in New York City at which visitors can view book arts exhibitions in the context of an active, working studio. In keeping with the Center’s mission, our exhibitions endeavor to place book art practice within the larger context of contemporary art, exploring the book as object, as media, and as a site of resistance.
Support for the development and design of the Center’s new website came in part from the New York Community Trust and from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The Center for Book Arts is deeply grateful for this support.
Location & Hours
The Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 11am to 6pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Class hours vary according to the course schedule. The Center is closed on Sundays. Admission is free.
The Center welcomes all and makes every attempt to be a sanctuary space.
The Center is closed to the public on these dates:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day Weekend
Summer Break (July 3-12)
Labor Day Weekend
Thanksgiving Holiday (November 28-December 1)
2019-2020 Winter Holiday
(December 21, 2020- January 3, 2021)
The Center is open to the public but will not hold classes on these dates
The Center’s building has an elevator, with a backup elector, which are both accessible from street level. Our galleries and studio space are wheelchair accessible with an ADA-compliant bathroom. Large type programs are available on request. Please call ahead if you have questions or special needs.
Finding the Center
The Center for Book Arts is located on the 3rd Floor of 28 West 27th Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.
Broadway is east of 6th Avenue in this neighborhood.
Arriving by Subway
N or R train to 28th Street and Broadway
F train to 23rd Street and 6th Avenue
6 train to 28th and Lexington Avenue
1 train to 28th Street and 7th Avenue
B, D, Q and F trains to 34th and 6th Avenue (Herald Square)
2, 3 to 34th Street (Penn Station)
Arriving by Bus
M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M7, M10 buses
crosstown buses M23 & M34
Visiting from Outside the City
PATH trains to 33rd Street and 6th Avenue
Amtrak and NJT to Penn Station (34th Street and 7th Avenue)
MetroNorth trains to Grand Central Station, then the downtown 6 subway to 28th Street and Lexington Avenue
Nearby Parking Locations
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
*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.*
THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001
Interim Special Projects and Audience Development Manager
Audience Development & Special Projects Manager
Volunteer Print Specialist
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College
Stephen Bury, Chair
Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library
Gail Coleman, Treasurer
Managing Director and CFO, J. Fitzgibbons LLC
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
Rare Book and Photography Collector
President, BHNY Fine Art
Head of Library Technical Services; Associate Professor, CUNY, Retired
Artist; Educator at Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College, Chicago
Asher Schlusselberg, Vice Chair
Associate, The Plymouth Group
Arthur K. Watson Chief Librarian in the Thomas J. Watson Library
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Special Collections Librarian and Faculty, St. John’s University, Retired