2019 CBAA Biennial Meeting: The Photographic Artists' Book
January 4-5, 2019
The University of Arizona // Tucson, AZ
Co-Hosts: Karen Zimmermann, Phil Zimmermann

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Early Bird registration closes November 1, 2018 ($125/$60 Regular Members/Student Members)
General registration closes December 15, 2018 ($175/$75 Regular Members/Student Members)
On-site registration opens January 4, 2019


Join us at the University of Arizona in Tucson for the CBAA Biennial Meeting. The theme is “The Photographic Artists’ Book”.

Keynote Speaker

Cristina de Middel (born 1975) is a Spanish documentary photographer and artist living and working in Uruapan, Mexico. In 2013, de Middel received the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. In 2017 she became a member of the well-known Magnum Photo agency. De Middel self-published The Afronauts in 2012, a photobook about the short-lived Zambian space program in Southern Africa. The book quickly sold out and the work was met with great critical acclaim. She was nominated for the 2013 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for The Afronauts. De Middel is one of the few ‘traditional’ photographers who use the book form in complex ways, challenging the idea that a photobook should be a monograph. Some of her other photographic artists’ books include “This is What Hatred Did”; “Sharkification”; “Man Jayen”; and “Party”, a treatment of Mao’s “Little Red Book”.


  • School of Art, Joseph Gross Gallery, CBAA Exhibition:
    Photobooks, curated by Philip Zimmermann
  • University of Arizona Museum artmuseum.arizona.edu/ 
  • Tucson Museum or Art https://tucsonmuseumofart.org/ 
  • Etherton Gallery www.ethertongallery.com/ 
  • MOCA : Museum of Contemporary Arts 
  • Special Collections at the University of Arizona Library,
    one of the largest collections of artists’ books in a public university. 
  • The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona 
  • Tiny Town Gallery, 4th Avenue, Zine Exhibition 


Tucson Marriott University Park
880 East 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

Marriott Hotel Reservation Link

Parking is available across the street from the hotel. Rates begin at $9 per day.


Places of Interest

The weather is great this time of year. If you can stay longer, there are many amazing sites nearby. Places of interest in Tucson or very close; this is a very short list.

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Tucson Botanical Gardens is a five-and-a-half-acre collection of sixteen residentially scaled urban gardens in Tucson, Arizona, United States. https://tucsonbotanical.org/

Sabino Canyon
Experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a Sabino Canyon tram ride. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson's Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife. www.sabinocanyon.com/

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952. https://www.desertmuseum.org/ 

Tohono Chul Park
"One of the World's Great Botanical Gardens" - Travel + Leisure; "One of the Top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada" - National Geographic Traveler. Compact desert habitat includes various cacti, demonstration garden, art displays & exhibits. https://tohonochulpark.org/ 

Biosphere 2
Biosphere 2 is an American Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. It has been owned by the University of Arizona since 2011. http://biosphere2.org/ 

Saguaro National Park (U.S. National Park Service). Its two sections are on either side of the city of Tucson. The park is named for the large saguaro cactus, native to its desert environment. In the western Tucson Mountain District, Signal Hill Trail leads to petroglyphs of the ancient Hohokam people. In the eastern Rincon Mountain District, Cactus Forest Drive is a loop road with striking views of the desert landscape. https://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm 

San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. www.sanxaviermission.org/ 

Titan Missile Site is one of only a handful of Cold War missile silos left in the US. Many of the tours are led by some of the ex-military soldiers who lived in the silos 24/7. http://www.titanmissilemuseum.org/ 

Tumacácori National Historical Park is located in the upper Santa Cruz River Valley in Santa Cruz County, southern Arizona. The park consists of 360 acres in three separate units. https://www.nps.gov/tuma/index.htm 

Places of interest in further away from Tucson: 

Arcosanti is a projected experimental town with a molten bronze bell casting business in Yavapai County, central Arizona, 70 mi north of Phoenix, at an elevation of 3,732 feet. https://arcosanti.org/ 

Taliesin West
Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. http://franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west/ 

Bisbee is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States, 92 miles (148 km) southeast of Tucson. Bisbee is a city in the Mule Mountains of southeast Arizona. Both the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum and the Bisbee Restoration Museum chronicle the city’s copper-mining past. The vast Queen Mine offers underground tours. Homes that once belonged to miners run up Tombstone Canyon from Old Bisbee, the historic town center. The grand Muheim Heritage House has 19th-century furniture, plus gardens and mountain views. 

Grand Canyon National Park
Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm 

Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots. In addition to these well-known sights, there is terrific hiking and biking in and around Tucson.

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