Opportunities for Artists
Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant
Submission deadline: Fall 2019
Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts
Submission deadline: June 30th, 2019
Featured Artist Projects
Annual Artist Members Exhibition
Submission deadline: March 18th, 2019
For more information about any of these programs, send us an email to: programs(at)centerforbookarts.org
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE WORKSPACE GRANT FOR NEW YORK EMERGING ARTISTS
Congratulations to our new Workspace Artists-in-Residence Shelly Bahl, Milcah Bassel, Charlotte Becket, Alix Pentecost-Farren, Bundith Phunsombatlert. Each year, up to five New York-based emerging artists are offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artists’ books and related work in year-long residencies.
The purpose of this program is to promote experimentation in making book art – thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Center especially encourages applications from artists of culturally diverse backgrounds.
Get to know our new residents:
Shelly Bahl is a visual and media artist born in Benares, India, raised in Toronto. Her interdisciplinary work in drawing, painting, sculpture/ installation, photography and video has appeared in a number of solo and group exhibitions in North America and internationally. She has also worked extensively with non-profit arts organizations and educational institutions as a curator, arts programmer and educator, and is currently teaching at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.
Milcah Bassel is a multidisciplinary artist raised in Israel. Her work activates body-space relations through installation, performance, drawing, and other media to explore notions of emptiness, radical imagination, and transformation. Bassel received a Post- Baccalaureate in Studio Art from Brandeis University (2011), and an MFA in Visual Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (2013). In 2017 she was awarded a Guttenberg Arts STAR residency, named a Smack Mellon “Hot Pick”, and participated in the Bronx Museum AIM program and the Fourth AIM Biennial.
Charlotte Becket an Associate Professor at Pace University. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, TimeOut London, ArtForum, and Art in America, among others.
Alix Pentecost-Farren is an illustrator, cartoonist and artist. Her work has included stationery design, mud murals, animations, and installations. She went to school for art and design at the North Carolina School of the Arts and then studied illustration and filmmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Bundith Phunsombatlert is a media artist. Carefully considering the history of a culture or place, he develops artworks that reconsider new identities in the globalization era; his work reflects his own migration between traditional and new media, and from his native Thailand to his current home in the US. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, in the US, Finland, Australia, and China, among others. His selected awards and fellowships are the NYSCA Grant (2013), Pollock-Krasner Grant (2011), Asian Cultural Council Fellow (2007), and UNESCO Digital Art Award/the 12th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2004).
Deadline for 2020 Residency will be announced Fall 2019
SCHOLARSHIP FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN BOOK ARTS
Congratulations to our 2018-19 Scholars, Slavko Djuric, Keith Graham, Jennifer Grimyser, and Christina Martinelli.
In 2019, the Center will award two to three scholarships to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the artistic endeavors in the book arts. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities to emerging artists committed to developing careers in the book arts field, and to further the growth of this artistic profession.
The award includes a cash stipend plus a materials budget and 24 hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year. Artists also receive a tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff. Scholars will be required to complete an artist project by the end of the scholarship period, with an exhibition in our gallery space and public presentation the following autumn.
Applications will open March 1, 2018 on Submittable Click here to Apply online.
Current CBA scholars:
Slavko Djuric (b.1979, Kragujevac, Yugoslavia) studied printmaking with Zoran Marjanovic and received his BFA at Art College in Pristina, Serbia. He moved to NYC in 2006 and has exhibited his work (inter)nationally. In his recent body of work he’s been exploring interchangeable structures, modular objects and multi-spinal books.
Keith Graham is a printmaker, carpenter and educator. In drawings, prints and books he uses close observation of detail, texture and sequence to present narratives which explore a fascination with memory, sense of place, and eulogy. Originally from Seattle, he studied with Fred Hagstrom at Carleton College and Karen Kunc at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is now based in New York City.
Jennifer Grimyser (b.1984, Milwaukee, WI), received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA from Hunter College. Grimyser has exhibited internationally and nationally at the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; Guest Spot, Baltimore, MD; Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria; Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY; Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Present Company, Brooklyn, NY. She has been awarded residencies to the Women’s Studio Workshop, Vermont Studio Center, NARS Foundation, Chashama, and the Bronx Museum of Art AIM Program. Her work is featured in several library special collections including Walker Arts Center, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Grimyser currently maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.
Christina Martinelli (b. 1986, New York City) received her BA from Bennington College and her MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has exhibited at Practice Gallery, New York; NYU’s 80WSE Gallery, New York; The Java Project, Brooklyn, NY; ConnerSmith, Washington, D.C.; Open Space, Baltimore, MD; Pent House Gallery, Baltimore, MD; and others. She has attended residencies at SÍM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland; The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE; and The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
All artists are welcome to apply for artist membership at The Center for Book Arts. One does not have to be a book artist to apply for artist membership, but must have created work related to the medium of book arts.
In addition to the benefits of an Associate Membership including discounts on classes and events, artist member benefits include:
- A profile page on the Center’s Online Artist Registry, a resource used by curators, researchers, collectors, writers, and other artists as a reference tool.
- Invitations to have work for sale represented by the Center at art and book fairs, such as the annual New York Art Book Fair, Codex International Book Fair, CUNY Chapfest Bookfair, and more.
- Opportunities to submit works to the Center’s member exhibitions, and apply to show recent work in the Center’s Featured Artist Project exhibition series.
- Chance to be featured on the Center’s blog and social media sites.
To become an artist member, you must purchase an Artist Membership
2019 ARTIST MEMBERS EXHIBITION
We are pleased to invite Artist Members to submit artwork proposals for the 2019 Artist Members Exhibition at Center for Book Arts. This year’s theme is centered in the artistic exploration of Sanctuary; how can the book arts be used as a tool to create and facilitate notions of inclusion and safety? How can The Book be used to imagine new possibilities for Sanctuary? We encourage artists to delve into the conceptuality and physicality of safe space creation, in conjunction with the theoretical and applied practices of bookmaking. The exhibition will be organized by the CBA staff.
In your application please include:
- Contact form
- Short artist bio
- Artist CV (pdf format)
- A 200 word artwork proposal with illustrations or images of current works. If not available, please submit recent work samples produced within the last 2 years. Images should be uploaded in jpg format and should be a minimum of 800px and maximum of 1200px in either direction.
Deadline: March 18th, 2019
Application questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURED ARTIST PROJECTS
The Featured Artist Project exhibition series has been demonstrating the breadth of book art for over 15 years. Designed originally to provide artist members of the Center with the opportunity to display their work, the Center for Book Arts now invites all artists working within the realm of Book Art to submit an application. Preference will be given to projects that challenge our assumptions of Book Art and resonate with the greater New York population.
The Featured Artist Project exhibitions are installed in the Foyer Gallery for a period of 10 weeks. A floorplan of the gallery is available to download.
Application questions may be addressed to the exhibitions manager at exhibitions (at) centerforbookarts.org
Submissions should include:
- 10 images of recent work samples (produced within the last 2 years)
- Artist’s CV
- 100 word artist bio
- A 500 word solo exhibition proposal
- Working link to the artist’s website
Applications are open and ongoing on Submittable. Applicants to take care to fully complete the application process as incomplete submissions will not be considered. The Exhibitions Committee reviews applications on a biannual basis. And notifications are sent out the week following.
Awarded projects will receive a modest stipend for the production of new work. Exhibitions will be scheduled a minimum of one year in advance. The Center will produce, if funding permits, an invitation, send out a press release and list the exhibition on the website. The featured artist is encouraged to conduct their own marketing in addition to the Center’s efforts.
Rental of our facilities is available at special artist rates. Find out more.