The College Book Art Association (CBAA) will host a four-year digital and traveling exhibit of artist books and zines based on social justice themes. The two-part exhibit will be comprised of 1) an open-call digital archive, housed on the CBAA website, of single-page zines, and 2) a traveling exhibit of zines curated from the collection along with 20-30 artist books and prints.

The purpose of this exhibit is to give CBAA members an immediate way to react and give voice to issues of social justice, power, politics, and environment, as well as an extended opportunity to demonstrate to the broader community that artist books are powerful agents in effecting positive social change. 

Rising Together | a Digital Archive/Exhibition of Zines with a Social Conscience

Call for Participation for the Digital Archive/Exhibition of Zines with a Social Conscience:
The College Book Art Association (CBAA) invites you to submit to Rising Together | a Digital Archive/Exhibition of Zines with a Social Conscience, an open digital zine archive/exhibition held from 2017-2021. The purpose of the digital archive is to give CBAA members, and the broader book arts community, a direct way to react and give voice to issues of social justice, power, politics, and environment. The digital archive/exhibition is open to current CBAA members as well as students and colleagues of CBAA members.

Note: the Call for Participation for the Traveling Exhibition is forthcoming, March 2017

For inclusion in the digital (website-based) archive, participants must submit their zine digitally, anytime between February 2017 and January 2021. The digital archive will be ongoing throughout 2017-2021, with submissions displayed as received. While the primary purpose of the zine archive is to function as a website-based exhibit, participants who are CBAA members may also submit hard copies of their zines for potential inclusion in a companion traveling exhibit. The deadline to submit hard copies of zines for inclusion is October 1, 2017. The traveling exhibit will take place from 2018-2021, with submissions displayed if received by October 1, 2017, if participant’s CBAA membership is up-to-date, and at the discretion of CBAA.

The zine must be a single sheet, 8.5x11” Eight-Fold format. Please see the links below for specific instructions and a formatting template. Zines may be created or printed with any type of mark making tool (pens, markers, digital typography and illustration, xerox), although the use of letterpress, relief print, lithography, or silkscreen is encouraged. Limit five entries per person.



CBAA_ZineArchiveTemplate.psd  (an Adobe Illustrator template is also available, contact us below and we will email it to you).

All zines that are formatted properly according to the provided instructions (via the links above) will be posted to the CBAA website within two weeks of submission. If hard copies of a zine are submitted by the deadline listed above and if the contributor is a CBAA member, they will be considered for inclusion in the companion traveling show, Rising Together | an Exhibition of Zines, Artists’ Books and Prints with a Social Conscience, as logistically applicable and at the discretion of the CBAA. Hard copies of submitted zines will become the property of the CBAA archive and will not be returned.

Camden Richards camden.richards@gmail.com
CBAA Board of Directors, Communications Committee

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