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CFP: William Birch and the Complexities of American Visual Culture: A Symposium Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Visual Culture Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia 
Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., October 5, 2018

“This country is new and flourishing. The mechanical arts are at their highest pitch, but the fine arts are of another complexion. They are the last polish of a refined nation… From an insignificant conceit of merit we have generally no knowledge of or feeling for, our imitations of nature, however beautiful, are mechanical altogether. But [these limitations] may be considered as the first lesson necessary for the fine arts... I do not profess myself a member of the fine arts; I am a copyist only, but from my knowledge of them [I] have been allowed judgment and taste, which is competent to give me a relish for them …” --William Birch 

In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Visual Culture Program at the Library Company of Philadelphia (VCP), a one-day symposium on Friday, October 5, 2018 will explore the visual, cultural, and social themes elicited from the work of Philadelphia artist William Russell Birch (1755-1834). Inspired by the Library Company’s 2018 exhibition about Birch and his art, the symposium aims to promote discussions that reflect broadly on the continual resonance in American visual culture of the work of this premier enamel miniaturist, aspiring gentleman, and artist of the first American viewbooks. 

While British-born Birch’s Views of Philadelphia (1798-1800) was enormously successful, his second, smaller plate book, The Country Seats of the United States (1808), in essence failed. Yet both, promoted through subscription, remain cornerstones of Philadelphia iconography and American visual culture and its complexities. Birch’s body of work includes some of the earliest American visual records of the new nation’s preeminent city as well as expressions of picturesque landscape crucial to 19th-century American makers of art. At the same time, his work evinces political and cultural propaganda, aesthetics of the ordinary and the everyday, and innovation in design. 

We invite proposals that will foster broad and interdisciplinary discussions about the aesthetic, political, social, cultural, economic, material, and technological themes in Birch’s art, in his own time and in the two centuries that followed. We will ask: What can be learned from works conceived and executed by a non-native artist parallel to constantly (and infinitely) evolving fields and definitions of art, and means of art production, distribution, and appreciation? Submissions from a wide range of scholars, practitioners, and specialists are encouraged. We seek proposals from art historians, historians, artists,* curators, conservators, emerging scholars, and other voices within the humanities, arts, and cultural communities.

Possible topics might include:

  • • The “novel” in graphic art, in material and literary constructs
  • • Collaboration in graphic arts production
  • • Interpretations and re-envisionings of  the theory of liveliness in Philadelphia prints (Martin Snyder, Philadelphia Printmaking, 1976)
  • • Urban aesthetics in popular art
  • • Political optics
  • • Art of the fail, failed artists and projects, and failures that became successes and vice versa
  • • Myths about William Birch and Philadelphia
  • • Miniature and moving art in the literal and figurative sense

Submissions Guidelines:

Proposals should include a 300-word abstract and two-page CV or resume. 

*Artists are also welcome to submit abstracts or artist’s statements about their own original works of art to complement or in place of traditional works of scholarship and research.

Please email your proposals with the subject line “Birch 2018” as word or pdf documents to Submissions should be received by Monday, January 15.
Selected participants will be notified via email by early March 2018. 

Any questions may be directed to Erika Piola or Rachel D’Agostino

Minnesota Center for Book Arts 
Artist-in-Residence Call for Entry

The deadline to apply is November 1. 
For more information please visit:

The Paper is Part of the Picture: Contemporary Paper and Book Arts
Presented by the Anderson Gallery @ Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa 

In this day and age of digital immediacy, the allure of handmade and tactile qualities of paper continue to draw interest. This exhibition seeks to bring the use of paper to the front and center of the artwork created.

Seeking works on (or of) paper that celebrate the medium of paper. Accepting paper art, artists’ books, letterpress, screenprint, printmaking, paintings, photograph prints, digital works on paper, installations, fashion, drawings and sculptures. 

The competition and exhibition is open to emerging as well as established artists, 18 years of age or older, working in the continental US.

Sarah McCoy (Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Drake University)  and Mary Jones (Professor Emeritus of Art & Design, Grandview University)

January 19 – February 25, 2018
Opening Reception Friday, January 19, 2018, 5 – 7 pm

*Submitted work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

The Anderson Gallery @ Drake University reserves the right to exclude from the exhibition any works that do not arrive in sturdy condition, or are deemed too fragile to be successfully exhibited. Work that has not been suitably prepared will be hung at the Anderson Gallery’s discretion.

Please only submit work that will be available at the time of the exhibition and will remain for its entirety. No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition.

Please refer to the prospectus for full details regarding eligibility, deadlines, and details posted on the Anderson Gallery website at:

November 27, 2017  Deadline for emailed entries
December 8, 2017  Artists notified by email
January 4 – 10, 2018   Work must be received by the Anderson Gallery
January 19 – February 25, 2018 Exhibition dates
January 19,  5–7 PM, Opening Reception
March 1, 2018  Work returned to artists


  • Artists may submit up to (3) pieces of work, 1-2 images per entry are allowed.
  • Digital images are the only accepted form of submission.
  • Images must be JPEG, 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution), 600-900 pixels on the longest side of the actual print image.
  • Email submissions to, subject: call for entries.
  • Title images “ArtistLastName_Image1,” etc.
  • Include caption sheet with corresponding image numbers.

Please include in your application a one page Artist Statement.

Accepted entries will be notified by email by December 8, 2017.

Shipping/Delivery instructions will accompany email notification of acceptance. Shipping to the Anderson Gallery is the responsibility of the artist. Return shipping via FedEx or UPS for accepted artworks will be provided by the Anderson Gallery for most work with a pre-printed Return Label.  Any larger submissions or packages that weigh more than 15 lbs. must be sent with a pre-paid return shipping label or shippers’ UPS or FEDEX account number to charge to artists’ account.

Works will be insured for the duration of the exhibition while the work is on-site to the extent of 100% of the artist’s stated retail value.

Submission to Paper is Part of the Picture: Contemporary Paper and Book Arts constitutes an agreement with all conditions of this show. The Anderson Gallery @ Drake University reserves the right to photograph accepted work for publicity purposes. The Anderson Gallery @ Drake University reserves the right to reject any work not resembling the submitted entry or work that is not ready to be shown according to the aforementioned specifications.

The Anderson Gallery, a non-profit exhibition space on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, was founded in 1996 to exhibit and support innovation in art and design. Part laboratory, part showcase, the Gallery’s main goal is to promote the growth and understanding of art through exhibitions, programs, and publications.

The Anderson Gallery is not simply a place to see exhibits, but also serves as a cultural force in Des Moines and beyond.  The Anderson Gallery is a site for critical discourse, professional and social engagement, learning, and aesthetic experience.


The UCF Libraries Special Collections & University Archives invites Florida undergraduate and graduate students to submit their artist books for the 12th Annual Book Arts Competition. All accepted entries will be included in the Book Arts exhibit featuring past winners at the John C. Hitt Library.

All entries must be original work completed by any current undergraduate and graduate Florida student during the Spring 2017, Summer 2017, or Fall 2017 terms. Entrants are asked to submit artist books created in edition or one-of-a-kind. Books drawn, painted, printed with letterpress, printmaking, screenprint, and/or digital techniques will be considered. Construction of the book must be handmade. No limit of entries.

We invite you to submit your entry by December 15, 2017

For further information please go to


Announcing the second edition of For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors & Students.

The revised and expanded book, written by Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis, and published by Bloomsbury LLC (London), is expected in late 2018. In response to comments and suggestions from the letterpress community, the co-authors are planning to include a selection of hands-on letterpress assignments given by instructors across the globe.

The intent is to make the second edition even more useful for letterpress practitioners, stimulate inspiration within the letterpress media, and provide a window into the spectrum of teaching/learning approaches occurring within studios internationally.

We invite you to submit your letterpress project briefs and student solutions for possible inclusion by September 10.

If you are not familiar with For the Love of Letterpress, please check out–

You can submit your letterpress assignments here–

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