The College Book Art Association (CBAA) invites you to submit work for consideration to Rising Together | an Exhibition of Zines, Artists’ Books and Prints with a Social Conscience, a juried, traveling book arts exhibition scheduled from 2018 - 2021 with four to six locations throughout the country. Work included in the show will demonstrate how artist books give activism a visual voice, and can serve as powerful agents in effecting positive social change on issues encompassing social justice, power, politics, the environment and more. At each location, the exhibit will be accompanied by participatory programs and public education initiatives.

Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, zines, altered books and broadsides created as either an edition or one-of-a-kind are welcome. The exhibition is open to current CBAA members, both regular and student members.

Artist books, prints and zines with a social justice focus.

2018-2021 at four to six different CBAA member locations. Three confirmed locations are Mills College in conjunction with the San Francisco Center for the Book (CA), University of Iowa Center for the Book (IA), and the University of Utah, with two to three additional locations TBD.

October 29, 2017 by midnight PST

This exhibition will be juried by Amos Kennedy, Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary.

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
Amos Kennedy, Jr. is a descendant of the enslaved peoples of theseunitedstatesofamerica. At 40 years of age, Kennedy embraced his humanity and abandoned the commercial dream that defines this civilization. Unsatisfied with the illusion of a comfortable, middle-class life, Amos traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for overalls. The subject of the Brown Finch Films documentary “Proceed and Be Bold!”, his letterpress work raises emotionally charged questions about race, individuality and the false narrative of this civilization.

Jessica Spring & Chandler O’Leary
In 2008 Spring and O’Leary collaborated on the “Dead Feminists”, a letterpressed series of broadsides featuring quotes by historical feminists, tied in with current political and social issues.

Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press, where she designs, prints and binds unique artist books, broadsides and ephemera, incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-crafted editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. Jessica has a MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and the proprietor of Anagram Press, a studio specializing in hand-lettering and illustration. Her work is housed in over 50 public collections, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, Harvard College, Stanford University, and the Newberry Library. In addition to collaborating with Jessica Spring on the Dead Feminists series, Chandler is also the author and artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again. Her next book, an illustrated atlas of the West Coast, will be published by Sasquatch Books in spring of 2019.

CBAA will publish a complete online and print catalog illustrating this exhibition. Entering this exhibition constitutes agreement that images may be used for publicity purposes.

CBAA will strive to show all selected works with the protection of a glass vitrine or gallery security guard. While there are no guarantees, CBAA takes full responsibility for maintaining a safe viewing/display environment for the artist books included in the show. Because of the variety of venues that will host the show, acceptance of your work does not guarantee that it will be displayed at every location.

CBAA welcomes the donation of selected work to become part of the CBAA archive and/or to include in fundraiser raffles at future CBAA conferences. Willingness to donate your submission is not required and will not affect selection in any way.

Contributors must submit their application via Submittable by October 29, 2017. Artists whose work is selected will be notified by December 15, 2017. You will receive a confirmation email including further instructions for shipping your work to the exhibit organizers. Limit two entries per person.

Please read through the guidelines below completely before accessing the online submission form here.

This exhibit is open to handmade book and paper arts related works created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines, and broadsides are all encouraged.

Book works are limited to a page size of 12x18” or less (dimensions of book when closed) or 24x18” or less when an open/spread is displayed. One exception to this rule is long accordion books, which may extend longer (though when displayed might be shortened up assuming it does not compromise the impact of the book). Broadsides can be up to 24” in any direction/dimension, but must be submitted framed (with plexi-glass) and ready to display. It is important to note that unwieldy sizes/formats may restrict books from being shown at certain venues.

A maximum of two works may be submitted per artist. Work must have been created within the last five years. Entries must be received online no later than the deadline listed above. All artists submitting to this exhibition will be notified via email. CBAA reserves the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality is other than represented in the electronic entry. All submissions will be made online.

A $25 non-refundable entry fee covers up to two works and is payable upon submission. When entering online you will pay via Paypal or any major credit card. You do not need a Paypal account to pay via credit card.

Artists residing outside of the United States are welcome to enter this exhibition. The exhibition entry fee of $25 must be paid in US funds via Paypal.

All artwork accepted into this show must be shipped to California, the location of the first stop of the show. Shipping and shipping insurance costs to this initial location are the responsibility of the artist and complete instructions will be provided upon acceptance into the show. (CBAA and host institutions will cover the shipping of works between exhibit locations).

You may submit up to three photographs for each piece you are entering in this show. Photographs will be used not only for curating the show but in a high-quality, printed catalog, so make sure they are high quality photographs.

You may upload up to four views each of your three works submitted. Please:

  • Name your files as yourlastname-1-a.jpg, yourlastname-1-b.jpg, yourlastname-1-c.jpg, yourlastname-2-a.jpg, etc. Your last name is followed by a HYPHEN and then the artwork number, which corresponds with the entry number on the online entry form. Another HYPHEN and then the a, b, or c letter are the additional views of that work.
  • All JPGs must be 300 ppi, sized to 7 inches (or 2100 pixels) wide or tall in the longest direction. Images should be print quality RGB files.
  • Composite images are not acceptable. One view per image submitted only.
  • Black backgrounds on photographs are not acceptable. Please shoot your photos on a neutral gray or white background.

CBAA will insure the work for the full period of the exhibition in an amount not to exceed $800.00 per individual artwork.

Click here to access our online entry form for Rising Together | an Exhibition of Zines, Artists’ Books and Prints with a Social Conscience.

Camden Richards
CBAA Board of Directors, Communications Committee

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