Center for Book Arts

Center for Book Arts Founded in 1974, Center for Book Arts is the oldest non-profit dedicated to uplifting the art of the

Itajime, the technique of folding and dyeing paper resulting in stunning geometric and visual patterns, dates back to th...
12/22/2023

Itajime, the technique of folding and dyeing paper resulting in stunning geometric and visual patterns, dates back to the 17th century.
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Looking for a last minute gift for your sweetheart? Try enrolling in this short workshop for couples to make valentines ...
12/22/2023

Looking for a last minute gift for your sweetheart? Try enrolling in this short workshop for couples to make valentines together.

The reduction woodcut technique is an economical way to produce an edition of multi-color prints on letterpress using on...
12/21/2023

The reduction woodcut technique is an economical way to produce an edition of multi-color prints on letterpress using only one block. Register in this workshop for printers of all levels to learn this magical image making technique.
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Suminagashi (translation: spilled or floating ink) is a style of marbling that originated in Japan by the year 1100. Pic...
12/20/2023

Suminagashi (translation: spilled or floating ink) is a style of marbling that originated in Japan by the year 1100. Pictured: paper sample by
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Register for Ellen Sheffield's workshop 'Unfolding Narratives' and learn how to generate text for your own artists' book...
12/19/2023

Register for Ellen Sheffield's workshop 'Unfolding Narratives' and learn how to generate text for your own artists' books using conceptual techniques including “text as image,” “text as narrative,” and “text as lyrical expression.”
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Pictured: 'Fear of Speaking' by artist Ellen Sheffield

Similar to the low-relief collagraph technique, PRESSURE PRINTING is an alternative image-making technique that uses fle...
12/18/2023

Similar to the low-relief collagraph technique, PRESSURE PRINTING is an alternative image-making technique that uses flexible plates on letterpress. Unlike other letterpress plates, pressure printing plates stay clean because they lay behind the press sheet!

Register for Amber Braverman's upcoming Pressure Printing workshop to learn how to use this versatile technique in your practice. https://buff.ly/46SAi5Z

12/17/2023

Illegibility and artists' books. Shirin Salehi's new online workshop on 'The Illegible Book' explores the question of legibility in reading and how illegibility is used by artists.

What is the role of the artist in any given work? Who has authority over that artwork? What role does an audience play f...
12/16/2023

What is the role of the artist in any given work? Who has authority over that artwork? What role does an audience play for an artists' book? When is it good to break rules?

Do any of these questions interest you? Join for a new discussion seminar 'Making Meaning: Discussing Artistic Significance Through Book and Print'

 : Prior to the discovery of synthetic blue and chemical dyes in the 19th century, indigo was the only viable source ava...
12/15/2023

: Prior to the discovery of synthetic blue and chemical dyes in the 19th century, indigo was the only viable source available for creating a lasting blue color.
Learn indigo dying for paper and fabric from at Center for Book Arts.
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Contemporary Leather Binding is being offered for the first time by  ! Register now before this incredible workshop fill...
12/14/2023

Contemporary Leather Binding is being offered for the first time by ! Register now before this incredible workshop fills up. Link in bio.

S*an D. Henry-Smith is an artist and writer working primarily in poetry, photography, and performance, engaging Black ex...
12/13/2023

S*an D. Henry-Smith is an artist and writer working primarily in poetry, photography, and performance, engaging Black experimentalisms and collaborative practices.

Limited edition letterpress printed broadside by S*an D. Henry-Smith of the poem Earworm available in CBA's bookshop.
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Dear CBA Friends and Family, As a staff we have been working hard all year round to keep the studios open so artists can...
11/28/2023

Dear CBA Friends and Family,

As a staff we have been working hard all year round to keep the studios open so artists can continue their explorations of the book as art. Will you join us in helping CBA continue this work with a donation?

Donate here!
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Center for Book Arts has been working to uplift the book arts through education, preservation, exhibition, community building and so much more for nearly 50 years. With artists’ residencies, exceptional in-person and online workshops, and exhibitions that aim to expand our understanding of the book as art, the staff at Center for Book Arts have been doing incredible work. Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to show support for the organizations we love.

Your gift makes accessible book art classes, workshops and events possible.

Please join World at Poetry at Center for Book Arts on 11/3 at 7pm, for the ninth installment of Colloquy: Translators i...
11/01/2023

Please join World at Poetry at Center for Book Arts on 11/3 at 7pm, for the ninth installment of Colloquy: Translators in Conversation, on translating visual poetry, with readings and discussion from Mónica de la Torre, Michael Kasper, and Olivia Sears, and hosted and moderated by Colloquy curator C. Francis Fisher.
Colloquy is an event series presented by World Poetry in collaboration with Montez Press Radio and partnering venues which invites translators to engage with live audiences in an exploration of the art of translation. For registration link in start page and on our website.

Join us on 10/11 at 6.30pm for a curatorial walkthrough with curator Mela Dávila of the exhibition Off-Register: Publish...
10/10/2023

Join us on 10/11 at 6.30pm for a curatorial walkthrough with curator Mela Dávila of the exhibition Off-Register: Publishing Experiments by Women Artists in Latin America, 1960-1990. The exhibition showcases more than 70 works of 37 artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba and the US.
📸Phillip Meuser (Portrait of Mela Dávila)
📸Oswaldo García (exhibition images)

Center for Book Arts is partnering with Art on Paper to launch BOOKSMART, a new artists' book fair located at the front ...
08/21/2023

Center for Book Arts is partnering with Art on Paper to launch BOOKSMART, a new artists' book fair located at the front of this year's Art on Paper. We have invited eight institutions to take part in the inaugural edition, each of whom will bring a curated selection of artists' books that engage the form in a myriad of ways—ranging from highly tactile and physical objects to conceptual works.

  Classroom Program: Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists’ Books, with Zanna Gilbert and Megan N. Lib...
08/07/2023

Classroom Program: Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists’ Books, with Zanna Gilbert and Megan N. Liberty 1PM PDT on August 11, 2023

On the occasion of the final venue of Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists’ Books opening at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in August, exhibition curator Megan N. Liberty and Zanna Gilbert, Senior Research Specialist at Getty Research Institute, will be in conversation about the exhibition’s research process and resulting catalog. The two consider the challenges of working with archival materials, the process of sourcing and selecting historical images and texts, and how best to complement these with contemporary writing. The publication was designed specifically to be a research resource and to encourage further investigation, exhibitions, and writing into artists’ books. Gilbert and Liberty will address how this catalog can contribute to the existing canon of books on books, and how the design and layout choices take into consideration the publication’s research uses.

Gwen Smith’s “The Black Woman Project (Vol. 3)” is currently on view at Center for Book Arts as part of the group show “...
07/31/2023

Gwen Smith’s “The Black Woman Project (Vol. 3)” is currently on view at Center for Book Arts as part of the group show “Visual Volumes: Contemporary Explorations in Book Arts”, featuring the works of 6 artists who were awarded CBA’s Book Artist Residency in 2021 and 2022.

Gwen Smith employs the power of memory to construct archives and discover her place within the diaspora. Her work delves into the complexities of identity and endeavors to find liberation by addressing the inherent traumas of this quest. In 2018, Smith initiated a "ritual for creativity," resulting in the creation of 100 paintings alongside introspective self-portraits symbolizing the moments she entered her studio throughout a span of 2.5 years, thus inspiring the first volume of "The Black Woman Project." Subsequently, in 2020, another set of 100 tempera portraits was produced and published in two volumes. (Vol. 3) came out in 2021 and will soon be followed by (Vol. 4).

“The Black Woman Project'' honors esteemed black women all coming from a diverse range of professions that Smith chose for their place of reverence in her heart, serving as catalysts in her journey for self exploration. “The Black Woman Project” is the deliberate fusion of Gwen Smith’s identity as a black woman with that of her subjects creates a harmonious rhythm within her artwork.

“Visual Volumes: Contemporary Explorations in Book Arts” is on view at Center for Book Arts’ central gallery until Sunday, September 9 2023.

📸 Portraits from Gwen Smith's "Black Woman Project (Vol. 3)". From left to right, pictured in the portraits, are: Sylvia Wynter, Elsa Majimbo, Assata Shakar and Toyin Ojin Odutola

Tonight .gallery join us to celebrate
07/27/2023

Tonight .gallery join us to celebrate

On view at Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo’s exhibition  is their book, “Slow looking: These views are our tools”.“Slow lookin...
06/18/2023

On view at Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo’s exhibition is their book, “Slow looking: These views are our tools”.

“Slow looking: These views are our tools” is a two color risograph book published in 2021 by Childish Books. It was designed to explore the notion of slowness and intentionality when observing our environment. Through tools such as prompts and dicut viewfinders, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo provides us with instruments to explore, rethink and reshape how we perceive our surroundings.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo’s exhibition “Rituals Here” has been extended to Saturday June 24.

📸 Courtesy of the artist

Issue 2 shipping this week!
06/12/2023

Issue 2 shipping this week!

We are now entering the last two weeks to view Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo's newspaper print "Rituals Here" as part of the...
06/09/2023

We are now entering the last two weeks to view Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo's newspaper print "Rituals Here" as part of their ongoing exhibition at Center for Book Arts.

Created in 2022, the broadsheet celebrates “Rituals Here” a “project with four nodes” initiated by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. The self published black and white newspaper functions as an archive, featuring works by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Archard Aparejo, agustine zegers, Ty Little, Amarice Carreras, and Ayana Zaire Cotton. Through a body of poetry works, the print explores the themes of data weaving, storytelling, remembrance and interconnectedness.

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo’s exhibition “Rituals Here” is on view until Saturday, June 24.

06/07/2023

Heads up that Center for Book Arts will be CLOSED Thursday, 6/8, due to the air quality. We'll be staying home and we encourage our community to stay safe and take care. We love you!

This virtual workshop with Center for Book Arts' founder Richard Minsky presents a methodology for book art self-critiqu...
05/05/2023

This virtual workshop with Center for Book Arts' founder Richard Minsky presents a methodology for book art self-critique, curatorial selection, and criticism based on the balance of material, image, and metaphor. Several other critical methodologies for book art are explored, including haptic, metadata, and activist.

Sign up today for this virtual workshop occurring over three weeks from May 25 to June 8.

Sign up here: https://centerforbookarts.org/classes/online/book-art-critique-workshop

Take a step back in time and learn the art of letterpress printing on the original platen type configuration! In this in...
04/27/2023

Take a step back in time and learn the art of letterpress printing on the original platen type configuration! In this introductory workshop, instructor Amber Braverman will teach you the basic parts, operation, and maintenance of the press. Be prepared to roll up your sleeve and immerse yourself Thursday evenings from 6-9pm, May 18 - June 15. You don’t want to miss the chance to design and print your very own pieces on this historic piece of machinery!

  and   in conversation right now
03/13/2023

and in conversation right now

Tricia Treacy will be in conversation with Jessica Brier, curator at Vassar College. This program is in conjunction with Scaffolding the exhibition by Tricia...

New print by  fresh off the presses at CBA!  You can use our studios to make your own work too!
02/27/2023

New print by fresh off the presses at CBA! You can use our studios to make your own work too!

Thank you all for being a part of the wonderful CBA family this year! We sre so proud of all the magic we have made this...
12/23/2022

Thank you all for being a part of the wonderful CBA family this year! We sre so proud of all the magic we have made this year. 2022 is almost over, but there’s still time to have your donation doubled. That’s right—if you donate today, every dollar of your support will be matched! All the funds we raise go towards paying artists, instructors, curators, staff, equipment and building maintenance—and all the other good stuff it takes to keep Center for Book Arts running. Check the link in our bio to pitch in before the end of the year. And as always, thank you.

L👀king back at the last week, and ahead to the future! Since last week when we announced our donation matching fund, we ...
12/14/2022

L👀king back at the last week, and ahead to the future! Since last week when we announced our donation matching fund, we have raised $1,608---which, when matched, makes $3,216! Thank you all so SO much! And we still have $16,784 in matching funds that you can help us unlock when you donate today! Your support goes twice as far when you donate now through the end of the year. See the link in our bio to join the party.

Image: A partygoer in dark pants and a jacket looks through a yellow plastic viewfinder at an artwork in our makn gallery during our Benefit with Friends party this past May. 🎉

Hello fabulous CBA community! Today we are **thrilled** to announce that our generous board members have offered to matc...
12/06/2022

Hello fabulous CBA community! Today we are **thrilled** to announce that our generous board members have offered to match all donations, up to a total of $20,000, from now through December 31st!! ☺️ This means that starting today, if we can raise $20,000 in non-board funds, CBA will get an additional $20,000—$40,000 total! This would bring us to our goal and beyond, ensuring that CBA can keep doing great things in 2023. Thank you so much from all of us at Center for Book Arts! You are the reason our community stays so strong, so fun, and so inspiring. 👁️♥️📕
Thank you!!

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ABOUT THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.

Founded in 1974 and still located in Manhattan, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world.

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