Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern

Saturday, JANUARY 29
Whitman, Esherick, and Song of the Broad-Axe

The University of Pennsylvania invites you to the book release of a new facsimile edition of Wharton Esherick’s hand-lettered and illuminated version of the Walt Whitman poem

10:30am-12:30pm Special Tour of the Exhibition
by Wharton Esherick Museum Director and Curator Paul Eisenhauer.
Tour begins in the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
RSVP requested (Click here to RSVP)

2-4 pm Book release, reading, and reception
Book release of a new facsimile edition of Esherick’s hand-lettered and illuminated version of the Walt Whitman poem, with remarks and a reception. Darrel Blaine Ford will perform Song of the Broad-Axe in the persona of Walt Whitman. Ford’s impersonation celebrates the poet and seeks to introduce him and his work to a new generation.
Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, first floor
RSVP requested (Click here to RSVP)

These events are part of the programming for the exhibition Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern, which is on display through February 13, 201l.
at the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street, first floor, Philadelphia, PA
Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, Lower Level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am-5pm
Click here for more information.

Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Marbled Papers and Chinese Lantern Box

Steve Pittelkow will travel to the Cheltenham Center for the Arts as a visiting artist from Minnesota. As a bookbinder, Steve Pittelkow’s interest in marbled designs stems from a longtime desire to personalize his own books with distinctive papers and cloth. Steve especially enjoys teaching the craft and revealing the secrets for successful marbling. He is one of the best marbling instructors in the country and we are thrilled to have him come to teach. Over the years, Steve has experimented with a wide variety of paints and papers in his quest for materials that allow students a rich and successful marbling experience. Students will spend the first day of class creating marbled papers. Steve will teach four or five traditional marbled patters, explain color and pigment placement ‐ giving individual attention to each student. The second day of class will be spent using the papers created to construct a Chinese Lantern Box. The Chinese Lantern Box is a simple hexagon box on the inside and a beautiful, yet sturdy lantern shape on the outside. Easy to construct and cover, this box will become a favorite. All materials will be supplied by the instructor. Bring your lunch and your creativity!

Instructor: Steve Pittelko
Day/Time: Saturday, January 22, 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday, January 23, 9 am to 4 pm, Class#: W19, Room A
Tuition: $200
Cheltenham Center for the Arts – 439 Ashebourne Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012
Phone: 215.379.4660
To register, call Lisa Heller at the Center or email:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Keyholder Residency
8230 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Deadlines: Summer 2011 Residency: May 16-August 12
Application deadline (POSTMARK): March 4, 2011
Notification: April 4

Fall 2011 Residency: September 12-November 11
Application Deadline(POSTMARK): July 1, 2011
Notification: August 8

A program that provides concentrated work time for artists to explore new ideas in one of Pyramid Atlantic's studio disciplines.

Pyramid Atlantic is proud to offer a two month residency opportunity for artists working in the field of printmaking, papermaking, book arts, or digital media. Artists of all career stages are encouraged to apply for this residency. Two artists per session are selected by Pyramid Atlantic’s artistic staff. Resident artists work in a productive community atmosphere alongside other artists, and are expected to be in the studio at least 15-20 hours per week. Technical assistance is not included in the residency, but is available at an additional cost.

Keyholder Resident Artists receive:
•A $200 artist’s stipend
•24-hour studio access
•Storage space
•Inclusion in Pyramid Atlantic’s permanent collection
•Promotion through Pyramid’s e-newsletter, blog and website

Keyholder Resident Artists are expected to:

•Care for equipment and tools
•Provide their own consumable supplies (paper, ink, newsprint, and the like)
•Give one artist’s talk or public demonstration
•Share the studio with other artists; working around workshops and outreach

Application Requirements:
•The application form
•Project Description-A one page letter of intent explaining your project, the studios you would like to work in, and your level of experience
•10 images of recent work with a slide script, which should include title, media, dimension, and date.
•$20 Application Fee (includes one year of membership to Pyramid Atlantic)
•S.A.S.E. for return of materials

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Books . . . beyond words evolution
August 6 to September 3, 2011
Deadline (RECEIVE): 5th April 2011

East Gippsland Art Gallery
2 Nicholson Street
Bairnsdale, Victoria 3875

“Looking for entries which explore the idea of books evolving beyond their conventional physical and conceptual boundaries”

Entry to the Books...beyond words evolution Award is via a pre selection process.
Artists may enter up to three works, each of which must:
* Be the original work of the Entrant
* Have been completed within the two years prior to the closing date
* Not infringe copyright, and
* Not have previously shown at East Gippsland Art Gallery (EGAG)

The Artist must submit on a CD formatted for PC
* A completed entry form for each work.
* 4 views of each work entered 10cm x 15cm, formatted as TIFF files (300 dpi), or high resolution JPEG files.
* A statement of not more than 1500 characters (approx 250 words) about each of the works, and how the Award theme is interpreted. This statement should not include any information which identifies the artist.

Fee: $A25 non refundable

Works may be in any medium but living matter will not be accepted unless the written agreement of EGAG has been obtained by the Artist.

Overseas artists should consider Australian Customs & Biosecurity requirements prior to despatching their works.

Major Award $5,000
Innovation Award $1,000
Acquisitive Award $1,000
People's Choice Award $500

Download Conditions of Entry: Click here.

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Upcoming Call For Artists:
City Hall -- The French Connection

For Art Gallery at City Hall space: art and documentation photography inspired by City Hall's French Second Empire architecture.
For 2nd and 4th Floor display cases: Frenchness, Frenchy, French fries...Anything French! Jusqu'a vous...
Contact: for "calls for artists".

Friday, January 7, 2011

Call for Entries: Curriculum - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 14

Philadelphia Center for the Book is seeking member artists to participate in an exhibition of artist books entitled Curriculum at Springside School, an all-girls K-12 private school located in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, in the northwest section of Philadelphia. Curriculum will take place from the first week in February through mid-April, 2011. The exhibit will consist of large recessed wall cases with locking glass doors, located at the intersection of the main corridors of the school. The PCB Exhibitions Committee, in concert with the School's Art Department Director, Patricia Moss-Vreeland, will make selections. Due to the size of the cases, works shall be no larger than 12" deep x 21" wide x 48" high.

The theme of this exhibition is related to the basic building blocks of a secondary school curriculum, including, but not limited to, science, math, language arts, and history. PCB is looking for book works that explore the ideas of school subjects, to be exhibited within an educational institution.

PCB members are invited to submit new or existing work. Artists working in both traditional and non-traditional book arts are encouraged to apply. While submissions are open only to members of Philadelphia Center for the Book, anyone may become a member upon submission. There is no fee to
submit. For details please click here.

January 14, 2011 (If hand-delivered, they can be dropped off from 9 AM to 2:30 PM)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

"Can a Book Transform the World? Can a Book Transform a Life?” Sustainable Bookmaking Workshops at the PMA

Sunday, January 9, 2011
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. OR 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Half-day workshops are offered. Register for one only.
Instructors: Book artists from the Philadelphia Center for the Book
Location: Education Studios I and II at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Paid reservations required (contact the PMA to reserve)
$40 ($32 PMA members); includes Museum admission
Enrollment limited to 20 participants for each half-day workshop.

Learn to make handmade books using your own recycled material. Bring packaging of all kinds, leaflets, rubber stamps, and so on, and an inspiration, wish, or thought on how to transform the world (or even one life) to hand-letter as the text within. At the end of the workshop, we’ll visit the exhibition Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte for a conversation about art and social transformation, using our handmade books as inspiration.

Call for Entries: "Good Eats: An Exhibit About Food"

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (KBAC) announces a call to artists for the juried exhibition Good Eats: An Exhibit About Food which will be held in the KBAC Gallery, April 1–29, 2011.

From Dutch still-life paintings to Campbell’s soup cans, our obsession with food is a readymade subject for art! Open to all emerging and established artists, this exhibition will feature two-dimensional works of art—fine prints, paintings, and collages—that incorporate food in their subject. There is no charge to participate.

Artists may submit two entries for consideration in the exhibit. Submissions must be sent as jpeg files via email to by February 25, 2011. Digital files must be limited to 72 dpi jpegs with a maximum pixel dimension of 1200 in either direction. Please submit artist’s name, dimensions, media, email address, and phone number with emailed entry. The maximum dimension for framed work is 36” in either direction. KBAC Director Jeff Abshear and Studio Coordinator Katie Platte will choose the works for the exhibit. Artists will be informed of the decision by March 4, 2011.

This exhibit will share it’s grand opening with the KBAC Sixth Annual Edible Book Festival on April Fools Day, 2011. This is one of their largest events and typically draws up to 500 people guaranteeing an excellent audience for the “Good Eats” opening. Click here for details.

Works selected for the show must arrive at the KBAC via mail or hand delivery by March 25, 2011. Work delivered late will not be included in the exhibit. All work must be framed and ready for hanging. Expenses for shipping and return of work are the responsibility of the artist. All work must be shipped in a reusable carton, and must include stamps or a personal check to cover return postage. Make checks payable to the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Work without sufficient postage may not be returned.

Although care will be taken in the handling and display of the work, the KBAC is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft during transit and exhibition. The KBAC reserves the right to reproduce images of submitted work for publicity purposes. A 20% commission will be charged for all sales made through the KBAC Gallery.

The opening for the exhibition will be April 1, 2011 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Work will be returned by mail, or available for pick up, after April 29. Hand delivered work not picked up by May 31 become the property of the KBAC and may be disposed of at our discretion.

For more information please call the KBAC Gallery at 269-373-4938 or email Please include the following form when shipping selected entries for the exhibit.

All entries must be received by Friday, March 25, 2011, at 5 p.m., by mail or hand delivery.

State: Zip Code:

Ship selected work to:
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center
326 W. Kalamazoo Avenue, Suite 103A
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Book: A Contemporary View

Exhibit Dates: Dec 22, 2010 - Apr 17, 2011
Location: Carole Bieber and Marc Ham Gallery
at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts

This exhibition addresses the themes of the book as object, subject, and concept. Stretching the definition of book, the show includes artist-made books, deconstructed books, and book installations. In an age where the printed book may soon be an anachronism, artists remain fascinated by the subject and materials of the book.

There are graduate programs devoted to the art of making books, guilds and organizations both national and regional around bookmaking that support the activities of small presses, artist-made books, and collectors of limited edition and one-of-a-kind books. Additionally, there are a number of artists who use books as a medium for their works. They carve books into sculptures and deconstruct books, turning the spines and pages of books into works of art. Some artists are fascinated by the printed page and concentrate on the lettering and language of books to create one-of-a-kind two- and three-dimensional works. Others are inspired to create installations and works that suggest book forms. The show also includes a boxed collection of paintings, a tradition used by artists for making “books” with removable pages, and an accordion book of prints by a group of Cuban artists. J. Susan Isaacs, PhD., Curator of Special Projects, has organized this exhibition to take into account all of these approaches.

Participating artists include Blanka Amezkua (manipulated Mexican adult comic book), Melissa Jay Craig (wall installation of book forms), Colette Fu (pop-up books), Jody Alexander (book installation), Buzz Spector (artist-made book), Brian Dettmer (altered book), Doug Beube (altered book), and Ula Einstein (the deconstructed “book”). The exhibition will present, through the work of 48 nationally-known artists, various conceptual and formal approaches related to the idea of the “book.”

There will be a symposium on the theme of the exhibition with presentations by artists Buzz Spector, Brian Dettmer, Doug Beube, Melissa Jay Craig, and the Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Mark Dimunation on Friday evening, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th at the DCCA.

Learn more about the Gretchen Hupfel Symposium: The Art of the Book in the 21st Century

The exhibition will later travel to Towson University in Maryland where it will be on display in the Center for the Arts Gallery from September 8—November 5, 2011.