Opportunities → Curatorial Proposals

Center for Book Arts invites curators and artists to submit Central Gallery exhibition proposals for the 2023 year. We are seeking proposals that elaborate, challenge and contribute to the artistic, theoretical, historical, and contemporary aspects of book arts.

This opportunity is intended to provide the space and resources to support curators interested in developing exhibitions related to the book arts. Preference is given to proposals focussing on contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object and/or that challenge traditional notions of the book arts. Exhibitions that feature a broad representation of media, site-specific installations, and performances are encouraged. 

The Exhibitions Committee is especially interested in proposals for:

  1. Exhibitions that will further and/or challenge the discourse of book arts within a contemporary artistic criticism, particularly theme based explorations.
  2. Exhibitions that will advance the field of traditional bookmaking practices, particularly by showing a wide range of artists.
  3. Focused exhibitions of multiple artists demonstrating a cohesive artistic trend or subject matter.

All submissions must be submitted online via submittable and include:

  1. Contact information of the curator/s
  2. Curator/s CV uploaded as a PDF
  3. A 1000-word exhibition proposal indicating the visual and conceptual vision of the exhibition and public programs. 
  4. Proposed list of works with the title, year, medium and dimensions, with thumbnail images of items to be exhibited uploaded as a PDF.
  5. 5-10 images of works to be included. Images uploaded in jpg format and should be a minimum of 800px and maximum of 1200px in either direction.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2022

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. The review process will take place each year in March. Applications can not be edited once submitted.

Questions can be addressed to programs@centerforbookarts.org

a dark gallery with books displayed on hanging tables with dramatic lighting
Out of Sight, Beyond Touch (2021) Center for Book Arts

Selected curatorial projects will receive:

  1. A curatorial honorarium of between $3000-$6000 (depending on funding)
  2. Catalogue production budget of $5000-8000 (depending on funding)
  3. The support of CBA’s programs staff for production of the exhibition
  4. A budget for the production of 1-2 accompanying public programs
  5. The support of CBA’s marketing staff in support of the exhibition, catalogue and accompanying programs.

Support for Center for Book Arts’ Curatorial Program is provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The selected curatorial projects will be given access to the Center’s resources such as the archive and collection artworks, as well as administrative support during the curation process. In addition, the curator will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium; an honoraria budget to divide amongst program speakers; and a budget for production, including an exhibition catalog.

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