Call for Members' Juried Exhibition

CBAA Members’ Juried Exhibition
Intersections: Book Arts as Convergence
January 2 – Feb. 6, 2020
Carroll Gallery, Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University

The desire to go home that is a desire to be whole, to know where you are, to be the point of intersection of all the lines drawn through all the stars, to be the constellation-maker and the center of the world, that center called love. To awaken from sleep, to rest from awakening, to tame the animal, to let the soul go wild, to shelter in darkness and blaze with light, to cease to speak and be perfectly understood. -Rebecca Solnit


College Book Art Association Members are invited to submit work to Intersections: Book Arts as Convergence. This exhibition seeks to explore areas of convergence, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality through the Book Arts. The CBAA conference itself is an intersection of many diverse voices and approaches, with a rich variety of cultures, individuals and institutions represented. In addition to the academic tradition of the CBAA, this year’s conference in New Orleans celebrates the non-traditional, the outsider/outlier, the expression of our culture in our lives and in our artwork. Whether it is an exploration of the intersection of text and image, structure and content, or artist and viewer, through exhibiting these works, we celebrate the crossroads, overlaps, conversations, and potential for shared experience and expansion.

Submissions should explore the boundaries of the book using a wide interpretation. These include, but are not limited to: artist’s books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, broadsides or book works that involve digital media, performance, or installation.

Works will be displayed on open shelves and pedestals, and viewers will be invited to carefully handle the books with clean, dry hands. Wet wipes and dry towels will be provided.

The juried book arts exhibition occurs during the 2020 CBAA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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.


Submissions by CBAA members are welcomed in any medium, any style. 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 two video screens with sound, and headphones will be provided. A series of videos from different members will be shown in loops, 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.


Multimedia artist Lee Deigaard lives and works in New Orleans and rural Georgia. Her work investigates sensory processing, nonverbal communication, and the ways our bodies intersect with our environment, as well as the boundaries and thresholds of shared experience. She graduated from Yale University and holds graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan. A member of the New Orleans artist collective The Front since 2010, she curated the group shows Calamity Jane, Latin for Crab, Enscribe, Standing Heat, and PhotoBomb among several others. She has taught courses in the history and practice of curation, sculpture, photography, drawing, literature, and writing most recently at Tulane, University of New Orleans, and Loyola. Deigaard exhibits and presents her work nationally and internationally. She has had solo shows at the Ogden Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center and been recognized with an artist residency at the Joan Mitchell Center.

Bob Snead is a native of Charleston, SC where he founded Redux Contemporary Art Center in 2002 and remained founding director of the organization until 2005, when he left to pursue graduate studies at Yale University School of Art. After receiving his MFA in 2007, he helped form the traveling artist collective Transit Antenna and spent the next two years developing community-based art projects across North America. Since 2010, he has lived and worked in New Orleans, continuing a rigorous studio practice as well as helping grow Antenna in various capacities as Executive Director, where he founded Paper Machine, a center for creator-driven publishing, as well as the Platforms Fund, a granting program for community focused art projects. His work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions across the country, and you can see his artistic practice in process on the PBS series, Art Assignment.


  • Three member awards 
  • Three student member awards 
  • Purchase prize by Tulane University Special Collections, plus possible other purchase awards.


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:

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.

#1 FIRST Submission

#2 SECOND Submission


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.


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)


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 dpi, 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 may also be used for exhibition or conference 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.


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.


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

Submissions deadline: Friday, Aug. 16

Notification of acceptance or rejection of each entry: Friday, October 25, 2019

Work should arrive between December 2 – 9, 2019. All shipping is the responsibility of the artist.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 – exhibition opens / reception for members’ juried exhibition

Exhibition will be on display through Thursday, February 6th at 4:00 pm.

New Orleans: Feb. 21, 2020 – Return of work


Shipping both ways is at the expense of the artist. Return pre-paid shipping label must be included with the submission. Packaging must be reusable, or a second set of packing material for return shipping must be included. Shipping methods are: FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Further shipping details will be sent with the acceptance letter.


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

Laura Richens

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