Open Call for Book Artists-in-Residence

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Applications Due September 4, 2022

Are you a publisher, bookbinder, printer, designer, or artist working with the book as an artistic medium?

Each year, the Center for Book Arts awards 3 to 4 residencies to artists who have demonstrated a commitment to the book arts as a key component of their artistic practice.

The purpose of the Book Artist Residency is to fortify the practice of early and mid career artists working within the book arts. Residents are provided with a cash stipend ($1300), 24-hour access to professional tools and equipment, the opportunity to learn new techniques from experts in their field,  and space to work within CBA’s Manhattan studios. B-AIRs are expected to actively utilize the studios to complete a new project by the end of the residency period and thus are provided with a materials budget of up to $1000. While residents are expected to finish at least one new project over the course of the year, they should also take this year to focus on expand their artistic practice through experimenting with new techniques and ideas. 

Successful applications will demonstrate a commitment to the book arts through their work samples and exhibition history. CBA Book Artists-in-Residence often become a part of the core community of our organization and therefore B-AIRs are provided with opportunities to speak publicly about their work, to collaborate with other artists and poets, and to hold studio visits with visiting curators and artists.

In order to apply you must be a New York State resident. Housing is not provided. On average, Book Artists-in-Residence spend 20-40 hours per week in the studios and use the tuition waiver for 8-10 courses. 

We welcome artists of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences to apply. 

The 2023 Book Artist in Residence Program runs from October 2022 through September 2023. 

To Apply Please Submit:

  • A statement describing why you would benefit from being a Book Artist-in-Residence at Center for Book Arts.
  • A statement demonstrating how the book arts have been central to your artistic practice.
  • An artistic CV (3 pages max).
  • 10 images of work samples (images should be in .jpg format, 72dpi, 1000px on longest side).
  • An image list that includes the work title, year created, materials and dimensions. 
  • List of references.

There is no fee to apply. 

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Due September 4, 2022 before 11:59pm


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