Center For Book Arts Presents the 2020-21 Book Artists-in-Residence

Joining the Center as the 2020-21 Book Artists-in-Residence are three multidisciplinary makers at various stages of their careers, each bringing aspects of social engagement, participatory methodology, and practices in paper and print. We are ecstatic to welcome this new group of book artists to our community, and we are excited to share their work and insight with you throughout the duration of their residency.

Lizania Cruz is a Dominican participatory artist, designer, and curator interested in howmigration affects ways of being & belonging. Through research, oral history, and audienceparticipation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change (2018-2019), Agora Collective Berlin (2018), Design Trust for Public Space (2018), Recess Session (2019), IdeasCity:New Museum (2019), Stoneleaf Retreat (2019), Robert Blackburn Workshop Studio Immersion Project (SIP) (2019), and A.I.R. Gallery (2020-2021).

“I’ve always loved books for their ability to make the reader an active participant in their imagination. And with this residency, I’m excited to expand on this notion in relation to my practice.”
-Lizania Cruz

Oswaldo García is a photographer and art conservator graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the UAQ. He is the editor, printer and co-founder of Gold Rain; mexican publisher of artist books, which won the Shannon Michael Cane Award (LAABF19), granted by Printed Matter and the Shannon Michael Cane Memorial Fund to outstanding emerging book artists and projects. With Gold Rain x Da Substanz, he publishes artist’s books, catalogs, fanzines, editorial accidents and other experimental books in limited or spontaneous editions, mainly printed in risograph, and always in close contact with authors and artists. His personal work transits between documentary and personal work transits between documentary and constructed photography, archive (personal and public), accumulation and time – space. While working between experimental film photography techniques and artist books.

“Books allowed me to rethink my photographic practice and my relation with the place where I live. I got in touch with bookmaking by accident and have become the core of my artistic practice, I’m looking to get in touch with other humans that make books and learn and connect with them.”
-Oswaldo García

Alva Mooses is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist. In her work, Alva researches colonized landscapes, religious icons, and socio-political histories. She makes her work from geological materials such as volcanic stones, rammed earth, ceramics, and cast concrete to build immersive installations that honor historical and geographical memory. The intersections of print, paper, and book arts inform her sculptures and installations. Alva received a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University. She is a recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant, a UChicago Arts Grant, and a 2019 Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship. Select exhibitions include: Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien at the Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, Texas), Retrato de un Paisaje at Museo Sívori (Buenos Aires, Argentina), A Day’s Dust at Studio17 (Stavanger, Norway), and Internalized Borders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NYC), Grupo <11> Instituto Cervantes (NYC). She has completed residencies at The University of Chicago, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Tou Trykk in Stavanger, Norway, MAG in Saltillo, Mexico, the Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic, and Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico. Since 2004, Mooses has organized community art initiatives and collaborations in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador and Argentina. Mooses is a member of the editorial board for Latinx Spaces, a media platform. Alva currently teaches Sculpture and Drawing at The Cooper Union.

“I will begin my residency at the CBA working on pop-up structures that make reference to the earth’s strata. I am interested in the unstable and transformative properties of volcanoes as visuals in my work that address geological and historical memory.”
-Alva Mooses

The Book Artist-in-Residence awards 3 to 4 residencies per year 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 career artists in the book arts, to provide access to professional equipment, opportunities and space to work, and to strengthen and diversify the community of book artists working within the New York area. This year long residency includes a cash stipend, materials budget, tuition waiver for all courses offered at CBA during the residency period, and 24-hour access to CBA printing and binding studios in Manhattan. Book Artists-in-Residence are expected to actively utilize the studios and to complete an artist project by the end of the residency period to be included in a group exhibition.

“I am thrilled to welcome Lizania Cruz, Alva Mooses, and Oswaldo García as our new Book Artists-in-Residence and am looking forward to seeing how their diverse backgrounds in the art of the book contribute to the continually evolving discourse around the book arts!”
-Corina Reynolds, Executive Director

“Now more than ever, we are committing to serve as an adaptive incubation space for our residents, so that Lizania, Alva and Oswaldo can each focus on refining their craft, while inspiring experimentation with new skills and concepts. I see this cohort forerunning the Book Arts community’s efforts to stay creative in a time of limitations, so I am especially eager to witness what projects will come into fruition.”
-Jenna Hamed, Programs Manager

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Book Artist in Residence Program is provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs of the city of New York in partnership with the City Council.

The Book Artist-in-Residence applications for 2021-22 will be open May 3 – July 12, 2021. Applications for the Workspace Residency are open until October 31st, 2020.

View the full press release here.