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Call for Applications: CURRENT Books 2018
Hosted at Studio Two Three
1400 Mactavish Ave
Richmond, Virginia 23230

Application Deadline: January 5th, 2018
Jury Selections Announced: January 19th, 2018
Main Event: March 31, 2018

CURRENT Books is a new CURRENT Art Fair event featuring independent artists’ book makers, zine makers, and small independent publishers of artist monographs and other book-based art objects. The inaugural art book fair will be held March 31, 2018, in the special event space at Studio Two Three in Richmond, Virginia.

Artists’ book makers, zine makers, and independent publishers of art books and artist monographs are eligible to apply. All applicants must be based in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, or North Carolina. Individual artists may form collectives to split a table or half table, but table fees must be paid in a single payment.

Further details can be found in our exhibitor prospectus and application, which can be accessed through our website at

Please direct all inquiries to


31st Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition
McNeese State University
Department of Visual Arts
Box 92295
Lake Charles, LA 70609

Juror: Benjamin Hickey, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions,
Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, Louisiana 

Eligibility: Work in any medium using paper as a component part

Size Limit: 40” in any dimension, including frame

Entry Deadline: February 9, 2018


Fee: $35 for one to three entries 

Awards: $3,000 in purchase awards

Exhibition dates: March 22- May 10, 2018

Entries accepted via CaFÉ:

To download full prospectus see:

Department of Visual Arts office: (337) 475-5060
Heather Ryan Kelley,

The Printed Page III
Spring 2018, Denver, Colorado
an international juried exhibition
of contemporary artist book works and broadsides featuring printmaking technique as primarily element.

Curated by Abecedarian Artists’ Books, The Printed Page III, is a multi-venue series of exhibitions held in conjunction with Denver’s Mo’Print (Month of Printmaking).

Submission deadline January 7, 2018 via online upload.

A discount is offered to artists enrolled full-time in a degree program. To receive the discount, coupon code must be entered during submission process. email for discount code.

Full online prospectus here:

Eligible are any artist bookworks or broadsides that utilize the more hands-on forms of printmaking as primarily element. Included in this are relief, silkscreen, pochoir, intaglio, lithography, letterpress, monotypes and new technologies. Disallowed are photographic or offset litho books. Books may be editioned or unique, sculptural or more traditionally bound, interactive or passive. Books that measure more than 20 inches (closed) in any dimension are ineligible. Both wall and 3D work is acceptable.

Maximum of 3 artworks may be submitted per artist.

Submission Deadline January 7, 2018

It is expected that all work exhibited be for sale.  Abecedarian Artists’ Books retains 40% on all sales.

There will be a print and online color catalog in conjunction with the exhibition. Print catalogs will be for sale after the exhibition. The online catalog will remain online during and after the exhibition.

3D works will be exhibited in glass display cases. 2D works will be displayed either unframed in cases or framed (depending on venue). Exhibition visitors will not be able to handle the work while on display. There will be open-case talks throughout the exhibition during which select works will be removed from cases to allow visitors a closer look during the presentation.


January 7, 2017 -  Final deadline for entry forms, images & payment to be received.

January 17, 2017 - Announcement of accepted works via email.

February 15, 2018 - Deadline for work to be received.

week of April 9, 2018 -  Unsold work returned to artists.

Special events TBA

List of Venues

Anderson Academic Commons, University of Denver Libraries

Regis University, Dayton Memorial Library, Hartman Gallery and Fireplace Lounge Gallery

Tallyns Reach Public Library (Aurora Public Library District)

Ross Barnum Cherry Creek Library (Denver Public Library District)

Contact Alicia with any questions.

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 Applications

The deadline to apply for the Summer residency is February 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.

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