CBAA Juried Members' Exhibition
Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography

Submissions are now closed. 

2018 CBAA Juried Members’ Exhibition
Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at The University of the Arts / Anderson Hall
January 2 - 12, 2018

CALL FOR ENTRIES
College Book Art Association Members are invited to submit work to Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography

There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.
— Josephine Hart (1 March 1942 – 2 June 2011). Irish-born British writer.

The landscape of book arts is ever expanding: technology and formation, language and voice, and audience and arena. A respect for the historical lineage and an understanding of the discipline serves as the foundation for this panoramic survey of works that challenge the common assumptions of the book. Fertile Ground: Artists Respond to a Collective Geography explores the diversity of the Book Arts. Within this exhibition, artists reflect and respond to an individual work selected from a collection within an institution of their choice. The premise of this exhibition is for artists to create a responsive work in dialogue with their own artistic voice, challenging them to interpret the intended content, format, materials or binding beyond the realization of the selected artists’ work. Artists are also encouraged to reconsider the definition of geography/terrain through the lens of a book artist surveying and excavating a collection in order to craft a work addressing landscape as content. An image of the work from a permanent collection which was selected by the artist to respond to, will accompany the work created by the artist. Additionally, information regarding the collection will also appear.

Submissions should explore the boundaries of the book using a wide interpretation, including artist’s books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, book installations, broadsides or book works that involve digital media. Works should reflect on and respond to an individual work selected from a permanent collection within an institution of their choice. The premise of this exhibition is for artists to create a responsive work in dialogue with their own artistic voice, challenging them to interpret the intended content, format, materials or binding beyond the realization of the selected artists’ work. Artists are also encouraged to reconsider the definition of geography/terrain through the lens of a book artist surveying and excavating a collection in order to craft a work addressing landscape as content. Thus, works can also be based on interpretation of an actual landscape.

Works will be displayed on open shelves, pedestals and in cases behind plexi-glass. “Please do not touch” signage will be included upon request.

The juried book arts exhibition occurs during the 2018 CBAA Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All practicing book artists, regular members and student members of CBAA are welcome to submit work. All entrants must be active members of CBAA; the membership fee may be paid with the entry fee.


JURORS
John Caperton and Mark Dimunation.

John Caperton is the Jensen Bryan Curator, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA. Caperton has curated more than forty exhibitions for The Print Center since 2007, which have included the work of Edna Andrade, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucas Foglia, Katie Grinnan, Demetrius Oliver, Justine Kurland, Hirsch Perlman, Emma Wilcox and Bill Walton. Recent publications include Emma Wilcox: Where it Falls, Edna Andrade: Color Motion.  He was on the curatorial team and in the publication of Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious, a citywide contemporary art festival. Caperton oversees a number of The Print Center’s public programs, including its Artists-in-Schools Program, which places teaching artists in classrooms in Philadelphia public high schools. He moderated the keynote panel for the 2010 Southern Graphics Conference and participated in the Curatorial Intensive program of Independent Curators International. Caperton received his BA in Art History at the University of Chicago and was the Exhibitions Coordinator at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia where he organized exhibitions with artists Virgil Marti, Polly Apfelbaum, Thomas Chimes, Eileen Neff and Clare Rojas. He has also held positions at the Association for Public Art, Philadelphia and the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA as well as guest curating exhibitions in Philadelphia. http://printcenter.org/100/

Mark Dimunation is the Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America. He acquires materials, develops programs of lectures and presentations, and oversees the operations of the Division. He came to the Library of Congress from Cornell University, where he had served since 1991 as Curator of Rare Books and Associate Director for Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, and taught in the English Department. Mr. Dimunation had his start with rare books when he was appointed the Assistant Chief of Acquisitions at The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He served in this position from 1981 until 1983, when he was hired to be the Rare Book Librarian and Assistant Chief for Special Collections at Stanford University.

Mr. Dimunation did his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following some course work at Christ Church College in Oxford, Mr. Dimunation entered the graduate program in American History at the University of California, Berkeley. It was the experience of doing his research at The Bancroft Library that prompted Mr. Dimunation to pursue a career in Rare Book Librarianship. He specializes in 18th and 19th century English and American printing and has considerable experience working with antiquarian materials as well as fine press and contemporary artists books. He has lectured extensively about book collections and has authored a number of exhibition catalogs, including a recent study of Andrew Dickson White as a nineteenth-century book collector. Mr. Dimunation is a member of the Grolier Club, IFLA, and the ESTC Board and is currently Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of ACRL/ALA.


ELIGIBILITY
Submissions by CBAA members are welcomed in any medium, any style. Preference will be given to work under 24” height and 18” in width. Wall-hung work must be ready-to-hang. Performance and/or installation art will also be considered. A special note on video submissions: the gallery can provide one video screen with sound. A series of videos from different members will be shown in a loop, each video should not exceed 3 minutes in length. The jury and exhibition committee reserve the right to decline work based on the venue’s ability to host the work due to limitations of space and/or technology. This exhibit is open to book arts related artworks created as either an edition or one-of-a-kind. 


PRIZES & AWARDS

  • Three regular member awards
  • Three student awards
  • Several institutional purchase prizes


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please note that the only way to submit artwork is through this online submission manager (Submittable). CBAA membership must be current to submit. In order to become a new member, or to renew your membership link here: http://cbaa.wildapricot.org/page-363225.

CBAA Members can submit up to 2 works for consideration. Each entry must be submitted separately so the jurors can select separate pieces. For a second entry, please select the SECOND SUBMISSION, ALL MEMBERS category. This will ensure that you do not have to pay the entry fee twice.


Categories & Fees

REGULAR MEMBERS — $30, includes up to 2 submissions

STUDENT MEMBERS — $10, includes up to 2 submissions

A non-refundable entry fee ($30 Regular Members/$10 Student Members) for up to two works must accompany each submission. When entering online you will pay via PayPal or any major credit card.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This is a blind jurying process. Please do not include your name or press name in the image, image file name, image file description or supplemental information (see IMAGES below for information on how to format your image file). You will be asked to enter your name only in the appropriate sections of the submission form. 

You will be asked to submit the following information when prompted by the online submission manager for each entry separately:

  • Member’s address
  • Member’s phone number
  • Member’s institution
  • Brief Bio (100 word limit)
  • Title of work
  • Year completed
  • Medium/technique
  • Dimensions when closed (inches)
  • Dimensions when opened (inches)
  • Edition size (if applicable) 
  • Insurance value (required) 
  • Sale Value (this is not a sales event, but this is required for purchase awards)
  • Short Description (see SHORT DESCRIPTION below) 
  • Collective Geography (see COLLECTIVE GEOGRAPHY below)
  • Collective Geography link (see COLLECTIVE GEOGRAPHY below)


IMAGES

CBAA Members can submit up to 2 works for consideration and up to 5 images per entry. Include at least one full view and at least one detail. Images should be saved as jpg files, at 300 ppi, the smallest dimension should be no less than 1200 pixels, files no larger than 5MB each. Images will be used for jurying, and if piece is selected, images will also be used for the exhibition publications. NOTE: This is a blind jurying process. Please do not include your name or press name in the image, image file name, or image file description. If needed, blur identify information. Un-blurred images will be requested for exhibition publications.


SHORT DESCRIPTION

Include a short description of the work, 250 words or less. NOTE: This text, including its name and contents should NOT include the member’s name or press name. This text may be used in exhibition publications and should address the work conceptually and visually.


COLLECTIVE GEOGRAPHY

Include information about the work selected from a permanent collection and describe how your work addresses or responds to this work, 250 words or less. Include a link to an actual image of this work.

NOTE: This text, including its name and contents should NOT include the member’s name or press name. This text may be used in exhibition publications.


SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Entries MUST be received no later than the entry deadline. Entries received after this date will not be considered for acceptance.

09/10/2017: Submissions deadline

10/27/2017: Notification of acceptance or rejection of each entry

12/01/2017: Work should arrive between December 1-8, 2017, all shipping responsibility of the artist

01/2/2018: Exhibition Opens / Reception for Member’s Exhibit

01/12/2018: Exhibition closes

01/18/2018: Return of work


SHIPPING

All shipping and reusable packaging is the responsibility of the artist. Details for shipping and return shipping will be sent with acceptance letter. 


CONTACT

For questions about the submission process or content-related questions about entries for the exhibition:

Lauren McDonald, 2018 Philadelphia CBAA co-host

lmcdonald@uarts.edu





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