Published August 14, 2017.
The Center for Book Arts is delighted to announce that it is the recipient of an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which will support the Center’s exhibitions and residency programs. Stephen Bury, chair of the Center’s Board of Directors and Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library, remarked, “At a time when funding for the arts face challenges, we are especially pleased to see this vote of confidence from the NEA, as the Center supports pushing the boundaries of traditional book arts practice, and bringing the contemporary art world into a fertile dialogue.
We are especially grateful because the Center continues to strive to be a national organization with international presence.” The Center’s Executive Director & Curator, Alexander Campos noted that “NEA awards are recommended by a committee of distinguished arts/museum professionals from around the country and are a testimony to the Center’s vision of fostering artistic growth and dialogue through multi- and interdisciplinary approaches.”
National Endowment for the Arts funding will support the Center’s exhibitions program, consisting of four quarterly Main thematic exhibitions organized by a guest curator, six Featured Artist Project installations (solo or collaborative), and four Spotlight exhibitions, which draw upon the Center’s growing Permanent Collection of book arts. Displayed near the Center’s active studio classrooms, these innovative exhibitions, drawing upon work by both emerging and established artists, serve as a model and inspiration to visitors and students. Robbin Ami Silverberg, chair of the Center’s Exhibition Committee, commented that “the NEA’s grant supports exhibitions reviewed by a committee of curators and artists seeking to get people to think more carefully about art and a multitude of social, economic, political, gender and other issues. We couldn’t be more pleased to engage a wider audience with book arts.”
Funding from the NEA will also support the Center’s diverse and active residency programs, providing studio space with access to rare and antique equipment, materials budget, scholarships, and stipends to eight emerging artists. The Workspace Artist-in-Residence program offers a full-year of free on-site training and studio space to five artists whose artistic practice is outside book arts. Similarly, the Scholars residency offers three new MFAs in book arts their own studio space and materials budget as well as and opportunities to development their professional resume by teaching classes. In addition to a materials budget, residents of both programs develop a new body of which will be displayed in Featured Artist Projects. Education Committee chair Corina Reynolds said, “For more than a decade, the Center’s residency programs have brought book arts increasingly into the broader world of contemporary art, while strengthening the next generation of book arts professionals. We are very excited by the NEA’s support.”
The Center accepts exhibition proposals and residency applications through its website, www.centerforbookarts.org. There is no fee to apply to any of the Center’s programs.
About the Center for Book Arts
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974 and still located in Manhattan, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. www.centerforbookarts.org
Visit our website for up-to-date details on all events and programs: www.centerforbookarts.org
Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Program is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.