Request for Proposals

Event Info

The Contemporary Artists Books Conference (CABC) planning committee invites paper and panel proposals for our 2022 conference, which will focus on “Re-Envisioning Artist Book Visibility.” The CABC planning committee asks: how do people find and experience artists’ books? 

We invite proposals that explore what visibility means; practical and ethical elements of description; challenges and opportunities for collections, artists and book fairs; the presence of the book in the public sphere; publishing and other relevant areas and approaches. We encourage proposals that draw from ethics, feminist studies, critical race studies, queer theory, activism, and non-western perspectives to broaden and deepen our understanding of how people experience artists’ books. Our hope is for the conference to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of artists’ books; thus, we welcome submissions from art historians, artists, designers, critics, curators, librarians, collectors, booksellers, and practitioners in other fields. Graduate students and early-career artists and scholars are encouraged to apply. We anticipate that sessions will be conducted virtually over Zoom. All speakers will receive an honorarium for participating. The 2022 CABC is graciously supported by Center for Book Arts. 

About CABC

Initiated in 2008, the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference presents in depth talks, panels, and conversations to further the critical dialog surrounding artists’ books. Now organized by Center for Book Arts, the CABC committee is made up of historians and professionals in the field, sessions will cover a range of lively topics from artists, scholars, and other leading figures.

The Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference is held in conjunction with Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs. The 2022 conference is scheduled to take place virtually in October 13-16, 2022 in conjunction with Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair.

2022 CABC Committee:

  • Dev Aujla (Sorted Library)
  • Nicholas Coblence (Cultural Strategy)
  • Gillian Lee (Center for Book Arts)
  • James Mitchell (Cooper Union)
  • Camilo Otero (Center for Book Arts)
  • Corina Reynolds (Center for Book Arts)
  • Giana Ricci (New York University)
  • David Solo (Independant Researcher)
  • Farris Wahbeh (Whitney Museum)

Visit the Conference Archive Here

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Find out more information here: CABC Sponsorship

Submit a Proposal Here

Due July 29, 2022 before 11:59pm

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