Opportunities for Artists
Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant
Submission deadline: Fall 2019
Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Book Arts
Submission deadline: July 15th, 2019
Bookshop Consignment Application
The Center sells artists books and books about books. If you are interested in having us sell your book, fill out the form linked above (CBA only takes 30% commission on sales).
Ongoing. Apply to be an artist member today.
Annual Artist Members Exhibition
Submission deadline: March 18th, 2019
For more information about any of these programs, send us an email to: info(at)centerforbookarts.org
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE WORKSPACE GRANT FOR NEW YORK EMERGING ARTISTS
Congratulations to our new Workspace Artists-in-Residence Adama Delphine Fawundu, Jihyun Hong, Kevin Umaña, Kathleen Ma, and Laura Nova. 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.
Deadline for 2020 Residency will be announced Fall 2019
Get to know our new residents:
Adama Delphine Fawundu was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents from Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. In 2018, she completed her MFA in Visual Arts at Columbia University. Ms. Fawundu was awarded a 2018 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant and is currently an artist-in-residence at the Center for Book Arts. Ms. Fawundu is a co-founder and author of the book and journal MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She was included in OkayAfrica’s “100 Women making an impact on Africa and its diaspora” in 2018 was recently named one of the 100 Heroines by the Royal Photographic Society of the United Kingdom.
Jihyun Hong (b.1985) is a Brooklyn-based artist who was born in Seoul, Korea. She received an MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her works have appeared in various solo and group exhibitions including “$1.99 cat, green Wendy”, Ortega y Gasset Projects, 2017; “Apparitions”, FJORD, 2017; “mae-il mae-il”, Open Space, 2016, and she has been published by Hyperallergic and ARTFCITY. Jihyun is a recipient of Yaddo(2016), The Wassaic Project(2016), Vermont Studio Center(2017).
Kevin Umaña (b. 1989, Los Angeles, CA) received a B.F.A. from San Francisco State University with dual degrees in Printmaking and Surface Design. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2018 completed a residency through the Sím Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland and Plop Residency in London, England. He’s collaborated with Condé Nast, Wired Magazine, London College of Music and Slowdown Studio and in 2017 created a permanent installation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Currently, Umaña lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Kathleen Ma (born 1996) works in a wide range of media, including photography, video, graphic design, writing, collage, and zine-making. Her work navigates humorously between corporate rhetorics, labor alienation, and emotional vulnerability. Her work has been shown in exhibitions and art book fairs in Boston, New York City, Beijing, and Princeton.
Laura Nova is an artist based in New York City’s Lower East Side where she produces action oriented and site specific work that encourages both activist and active audience participation. These large-scale public productions utilize a combination of text, image, video, sound, sculpture and performance. Recent commissions have included multi-year, social engagement projects like “Silver Siren,” a cheerleading squad of senior citizens that champions healthcare, gender and age discrimination presented at the Art in Odd Places Festival; “Feed Me A Story,” (co-produced with Theresa Loong) an interactive video installation and documentary video cookbook of secret family recipes; “Moving Stories,” a senior citizen-led, storytelling-walking tour at the New Museum’s IDEA City Festival; and The Crescendo Project which used RFID technology to create an automated praise-singing machine for disabled athletes during a New York Road Runner race.
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.
Deadline is July 15, 2019
Click here to apply.
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 and 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.
Applications are now closed
Application questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.orgA
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.