The College Book Art Association (CBAA) has organized Rising Together | an Exhibition of Zines, Artists’ Books and Prints with a Social Conscience, a juried, traveling book arts exhibition scheduled from 2018 - 2021 to stop at six locations throughout the country. Work included in the show demonstrates 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.

CBAA's mission is to support and promote academic book arts education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship, and criticism. Rising Together manifests this mission by giving our members a platform to respond to the exhibit's themes and by opening up dialogue both within and between the exhibit’s multi-regional institutional hosts. The vision behind Rising Together is nonpartisan, and the works included encompass a range of viewpoints and voices, demonstrating to the broader community that artist books and zines are powerful agents in effecting positive social change.


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


2018-2021 at six different CBAA member locations as follows (as the exhibit launches at the various host/sponsor locations, we will link to exhibit specific events below):

  • Fall 2018 - University of Utah
  • Spring 2019 - Center for Book Arts
  • Fall 2019 - University of Iowa
  • Spring 2020 - HMCT/ArtCenter College of Design
  • Fall 2020 - University of Puget Sound
  • Spring 2021 - Mills College and SF Center for the Book


This exhibition was 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.


Here is a link to download the exhibition catalog.

Here is a link to download the exhibition press kit.

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