Studio

The Studios at the Center for Book Arts are available for artists to rent by the hour, week and month. All Bindery and Printshop Equipment is included with your rental. Renters must provide their own materials, such as paper, boards and glue, although some items are available for purchase through the Center. Artists wishing to rent studio space at the Center must first take the Studio Rental Training Course.

During our supervised hours there will be a printshop or bindery steward present to offer basic assistance and to answer questions.
Please call ahead to reserve a space or a press. Check the online calendar for availability and Supervised times.

The CBA Staff will be returning to the offices in August 2020, and the studios will be open at limited capacity. To learn more about the COVID-19 Studio Protocols, please read the guidelines here.

To reserve space in the studios for the month of August, onward, please enter your name on the reservation sheet here.

Bindery Equipment:

Board Shears, Guillotine Cutter, Several Book Presses, Four Standing Backing Presses, Several Lying Presses, Sewing Frames, Scharf Fix Leather Paring Machine, 2 Quickprint Hot Stamping machines, Two Kensol Hot stamping Machines, a large selection of tooling and hot stamping forms, Rounding Hammers, Newsprint paper

Printshop Equipment:

Five Vandercook Proofing Presses (Universal 1, Universal 3, Number 4, 219. 10-21), two Chandler and Price Treadle Operated Platen Presses, One table top proofing press, Antique Washington Press, a large selection of Lead Type Faces, a selection of Wood Type Faces, Metal and wooden furniture, a variety of inks and modifiers, Hand brayers, Newsprint papers


Rental Rates:

Monthly Rental: $400 a month for members / $500 a month for non-members. Includes keys, flat file or shelf, and 24 hour access to studios and equipment.

Weekly Rental: $125 a week for members / $150 for non-members.
Includes access to studios during business hours and open hours, or when a staff, steward or instructor is present; storage drawer or shelf for the week.

Hourly Rental: $15 an hour for members / $25 an hour for non-members.
Access to studios during business hours or supervised hours.

Storage Drawer or Shelf Rental: $200 a month for members / $250 for non-members
Additional Storage Drawer: $100
Additional Shelf: $150
Please email studio@centerforbookarts.org with questions about rentals or view our classes page to find out when the next Studio Rental Training will be held.

2020 Book Artists in Residence

Vincent Chong is a queer mixed-race Chinese-American artist and calligrapher living in Brooklyn, NY. His practice includes printmaking, watercolor painting, drawing, Chinese calligraphy, and seal stone engraving.

Linda Zeb Hang works in photographs, painting, sculpture,  wearable assemblage, performance, book expedition design, and collaborative artists’ books. Founded in 2013, FIST publishes and considers art as objective oxygen: whereby endophytic calyxes, charas of the mind, surface endurance, terrain modification, movement observatories, ocular imaging, and manipulation of graphics, are indivisibly self-determinant curriculums. Hang’s presentations have exhibited nationally at MoMA PS1, New York; Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles; NADA with Printed Matter, Inc.; and internationally in Tokyo, Japan. Her workings are held within collective and public spheres, including the Carl A. Kroch Library, RMC at Cornell University (NY), and the Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center at the San Francisco Public Library (CA). Hang studied at the Art Institute of San Francisco, California, and currently lives and works in New York City and Humboldt County, Far Northern California.

Rachel Hillery earned an MFA from Hunter College in Spring 2019. Prior to attending Hunter College, she earned an M Arch from Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees in psychology and photography from Washington University in St. Louis. Hillery works across performance, writing, book-making, and photography. The performances and installations arise from familiar situations, yet employ unconventional spatial and site-specific strategies. Hillery was selected as a Hercules Art Studio Program resident for 2019-2020. She is a graduate of HSPVA in Houston, Texas.

2020 Workspace Residents

Claudia Kaatziza Cortínez was born in the US to parents from Argentina and Chile and currently lives in NYC. She received her BFA from RISD and her MFA from Yale University. She is the recipient of the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship from Yale, the Blair Dickinson Memorial Grant from Yale, the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in NYC, among others. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in the US, Latin America, and Europe, and has curated exhibitions at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center in NYC and the Eduardo Sívori Museum in Buenos Aires, bringing together artists from both cities. She has participated in residencies such as LMCC Swing Space, Mass MoCA, Real Time and Space, and the NARS Foundation, among others. She is co-founder of LAZO, a platform for contemporary artists of Latin American descent. Claudia is currently a Keyholder at the Lower East Side Printshop Residency.

Hongyi Jiang is an artist from Changshu, China. She makes art as a way to question power relations and ideology in education, government, citizenship, and the experience of the self. She received a B.A. honors degree in Studio Art from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. In 2019, her works were exhibited at Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR), Blackfish Gallery (Portland, OR), The Factory (Queens, NY) and 440 Gallery (Brooklyn, NY); she was also a Young-Artist-in-Residence at Salem Art Works (Salem, NY).

NIC Kay is from the Bronx. They are a person who makes performances and creates/organizes performative spaces. They are obsessed with the act and process of moving, the change of place, production of space and the clarity gained from shifting of perspective. NIC has shown work, spoken on panels and hosted workshops throughout the United States and Internationally.

Devin N. Morris (b. 1986, Baltimore, MD) studied Fashion Merchandising at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD and Journalism and New Media, Towson University, MD. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Through his mixed media paintings, photographs, writings, and videos, Morris collapses personal experience, memory, and space to delicately envision new realms. The artist considers his upbringing in Baltimore and navigating the world as a black queer man in his depictions of real and imagined characters engaged in acts of kindness and care. His explorations of the domestic space, including collage and immersive environments, place the viewer inside abstracted rooms that subvert traditional values and social boundaries. In 2018, Morris was selected for The Aesthetics of Matter- the curatorial project by Duex Femme Noires: Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont, presented at VOLTA, New York, NY. In 2017, he was named by Time Magazine as one of “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow.” Morris is the founding editor of 3 Dot Zine. He has been in numerous exhibitions, including The New Museum, New York, NY; AC Institute, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; Terrault Contemporary, Baltimore, MD; High Tide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Lubov, NY; Company, NY; George Washington University, Washington, DC; and KMAC Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, KY.