Center for Book Arts serves as a space for research, education, exhibition, practice, and community building. Here you’ll find everything from open calls, to book art related events, to places to visit and learn, as well as other types of resources for artists and book-curious friends. We update these pages regularly, so check back often!
The 2021 Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference (CABC) will focus on “The Temperature of Art Book Criticism and Scholarship.” As the scale of participation in and range of approaches to artists’ books and publishing have blossomed in recent years, now is a key time to develop new critical tools for assessing artists’ books and their broader impact on the cultural and artistic practice. Artists’ book criticism in the 21st century must contend not only with the book as an artistic medium, but also art books’ engagement with a range of cultural histories and publishing traditions. The CABC highlights approaches that draw from feminist studies, critical race studies, queer theory, activism, and non-western perspectives to broaden and deepen our understanding of artists’ publishing.