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The Nancy Norton Tomasko Scholarship fund is dedicated to providing financial support for individuals wishing to learn more about the book arts. The Center will award scholarships covering the full tuition and materials for one course per individual. Awardees are selected based on financial need and proof of having satisfied the prerequisites for the desired course. Please fill out and submit the following form at least 3 weeks before the start date of the workshop to be considered for financial assistance.

Applicants will be notified at least 2 weeks before the workshop begins regarding whether or not the application has been approved. Applicants who are awarded financial aid will be able to register for the workshop free of cost.

About Nancy Norton Tomasko

Nancy Norton Tomasko (1947-2018) was a teacher, researcher, and editor whose specialties included Chinese bookbinding, handmade paper, and woodblock printing. After college, on a lark she went to teach English at the YMCA in Taipei, Taiwan. It was the start of a lifelong fascination with China and things Chinese. She was in one of the early groups of US graduate students to study in mainland China in the early 1980s. Later Nancy received a PhD in Ming literature from Princeton University and taught at Connecticut College and Bryn Mawr where she created an extraordinary studio course on the history of the book in China. She also taught numerous workshops on Chinese bookbinding, including at the Center for Book Arts, where she had learned Western binding some years earlier. Her greatest interest was documenting Chinese handmade paper, talking with many papermakers and dealers in China. She gave talks, wrote articles, and prepared sample books. Professionally she was for a decade the editor of the East Asian Library Journal at Princeton.

Nancy Norton Tomasko

This scholarship was established in Nancy’s honor by her husband, Mark D. Tomasko.

Questions can be addressed to programs@centerforbookarts.org

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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