Artist Books: Examples & Methods 2023

Ben Denzer
Image courtesy of the artist.

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Wednesdays, March 8 & 15, 2023 from 6–8pm ET

  • Wednesday, March 8, 6:00pm–8:00pm ET
  • Wednesday, March 15, 6:00pm–8:00pm ET

Registration for this workshop closes on March 1 at 11:59pm ET.

About the Workshop:

This virtual two-session course for all experience levels is taught by Instructor Ben Denzer.

In the first session, Denzer will introduce a working definition of the term “artist book,” share a survey of historical examples, and outline basic bookmaking techniques.

Between sessions, students will be prompted to create their own experimental artist books using materials they have readily available around them. Ben will be available for one and one chats over zoom to go over ideas, plans, in-progress work, etc.

In the second session, each student will share their completed artist book in a group critique.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

Required Materials:

  • There are no required materials. Students are encouraged to use materials they have readily available around them. No materials are needed for the first session.

About the Instructor

Ben Denzer is an artist, designer, and publisher interested in how information is cataloged and preserved. He is a former Center for Book Arts resident.

His work has been collected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the New York Public Library, and the University of Oxford among other institutions.

He has been awarded by the Type Directors Club, the Art Directors Club, Young Guns 16, Society of Illustrators, AIGA, BIGNY, and AI-AP.

Ben designs and publishes Catalog Press (a small edition artist press), runs the Instagram @ice_cream_books (praised by Bella Hadid as “the most important Instagram out there today”), has taught courses at Center for Book Arts, SVA, Parsons, and RISD, and has completed artist residencies at Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.


All images courtesy of the instructor. 

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