Sunday, April 10, 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Libro Curio: Reconstructing the Book

Libro Curio: Reconstructing the Book

Philadelphia Center for the Book and the National Archives and Records Administration at Philadelphia (NARA) are seeking PCB member artists to participate in an exhibition entitled Libro Curio: Reconstructing the Book incorporating book debris (mostly book spines and fragments) found when renovating a stack area. Libro Curio: Reconstructing the Book will open on September 27, 2011. The PCB Exhibitions Committee in concert with NARA archivists will make selections based on project proposals. Participants must be PCB members, but membership is open to all. There is no entry fee.

PCB members are invited to attend a Salon at NARA at 900 Market Street (entrance on Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th Streets) on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. At the Salon, members will view and learn about the book spine pieces, see the exhibition space, and be advised of research opportunities. There will be a lottery system for participants to choose a book spine or fragment, which is to be incorporated into an artist’s book. Depending on the number of participants, it is possible that artists will be able to choose multiple artifacts. Please note that the Salon is mandatory. If you cannot attend, you must send someone to represent you and make your selection(s).

Artists must submit a project proposal by May 18, 2011. Artifacts that will not be used shall be returned to NARA at that time. Artifacts incorporated into the artist’s book (as well as the book itself) will belong to the artist. NARA may decide to purchase a “staff favorite” piece for their collection. The exhibition may travel to other NARA Regional Centers, following a four to six month exhibition at the Philadelphia location.

Click here for application forms.

Mandatory Salon: April 27, 2011, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Proposals Due: May 18, 2011
Selection notification via email: May 29, 2011
Projects Due: September 9, 2011
Opening reception: September 27, 2011


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