From Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts
July 20, 2018
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at the Center for Book Arts, I am writing to inform you that I will be departing the Center as its Executive Director & Curator, effective August 31, 2018.
Rarely in my experience has an Executive Director been given the freedom I have enjoyed over the past 14 years to advance and transform an organization such as the Center for Book Arts. Certainly, my success is a function of the support of the Board, staff, artists, members, students and funders. I cherish the many relationships I have built, and all of the talented individuals I have met. Each of you has contributed to making my tenure a success and helping to realize the promise of our institution, including:
- Leading a multi-year strategic planning process that determined the Center’s priorities;
- Completing several capital campaigns to renovate the Center’s space;
- Overseeing the renovations that included numerous changes to our facilities and services, such as the installation of a new HVAC system, ADA-compliant facilities for our students and visitors, a museum quality gallery, and collections room;
- Substantially increasing and diversifying the support received by the Center from both private and public sources;
- Executing a rebranding initiative, including the overhaul of the Center’s website;
- Engaging new audiences and artists by promoting innovative artistic programming, that expanded the discourse surrounding book arts within the contemporary art world;
- Fostering acclaimed exhibitions by emerging and talented artists and curators;
- Expanding the Center’s curriculum and course offerings, as well as inviting noted guest artist instructors;
- Developing a Collections Initiative and Policy that built the Center’s holdings of artist books and reference materials to further the Center’s mission;
- Enhancing literary programming with the inclusion of Poet Laureates; and
- Supporting and mentoring the next generation of diverse artists through the Center’s residency programs.
As the Center begins a run-up to its 50th Anniversary, I embrace the succession planning the Board and I have developed and which we agree is needed to take the institution into its next half century. The new Executive Director will inherit a vibrant organization, and I will watch with much excitement and anticipation as it grows and changes through to its Golden Anniversary and beyond.
All my best,
Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator, Center for Book Arts
From Stephen Bury, Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Book Arts
Since 2004, Alex’s dedicated service and transformative leadership has been critical to the growth and success of our organization. We wish to express our gratitude to him for the energy, creativity, enthusiasm and dedication he has given to the Center over the past 14 years and the many accomplishments he has achieved. Alex will be greatly missed by me, the staff, instructors, Board, members and funders alike.
For several months, Alex and the Transition Committee of the Board have been working on a plan to ensure the continuity and stability of the Center as we search for a new Executive Director. With the approach of our 50th Anniversary in 2024, it is our priority to find a leader that will build upon our strong foundation and momentum. Commencing on September 1, 2018, until a new Executive Director is identified, the Board has appointed Corina Reynolds to serve as Interim Director.
We are pleased that Alex will continue to assist the Center during this transition. If you have any questions or concerns throughout this transition process, please reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Bury, Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Book Arts
About the Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. 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. Visit our website for up-to-date details on all events and programs: www.centerforbookarts.org