Writing a Colophon and a Prospectus

A colophon by Roni Gross with information about the project and a drawing of a plant/tiny tree.
A colophon by Roni Gross with information about the project and a drawing of a plant/tiny tree.
Portrait of Roni Gross wearing a log shaped hat
Roni Gross outdoors in a fun hat
An example of a prospectus for Roni's class.
An example of a prospectus for Roni's class.
A colophon/prospectus example for Roni's class. There are illustrations of various birds at the top of the page.
A colophon/prospectus example for Roni's class.

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Wed, April 21st, 6–8pm ET
  • Wed, April 28th, 6–8pm ET

Students will learn the difference between a colophon and a prospectus, what purposes they serve and how to utilize them in marketing their work. The instructor will present colophons and prospectuses written by various artists, for use of language and the accompanying artwork. Students will have an opportunity to begin writing a colophon and prospectus in class and get feedback on their writing. We will also talk about how to market artist books.

Required Materials

Students should have paper and a writing implement available. They should have a book project in mind that they will write the colophon and prospectus for. They may have the book to show the class if they wish.

About the Instructor

Roni Gross is a book artist whose work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale and many other public and private collections. She runs Z’roah Press which produces limited edition sculptural books.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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