Sunday, August 30, 2009

Building by the Book: Book Artists Reminder: Respond to Architecture and Design--Call for Entry

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, in collaboration with Philadelphia Center for the Book, invite artists to submit proposals for a book that they will create in response to selected works from the Athenaeum's legacy research collection of architecture and design.

View the complete Call for Entries on the PCB website, or view the Call and the books online at the Athenaeum website.

Reminder: "Show and Bestow"--Call for Entry

“Show and Bestow”
The Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists’ Books

Call to donate artists’ books to a new collection at Oberlin College

Preceded by an exhibition at
the Free Library of Philadelphia,
November 20 – December 30, 2009

Books due by November 13th.
Send to:
Alice Austin
c/o The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Please include name, email and mailing address.
Also, include a short description of your book.

For more information, email

Cancer affects everyone. Recently Ruth found out
that her life will be cut short by cancer.
You can help to celebrate life by donating an artist’s book in
her honor to a collection that will become a part of the Special
Collections at her alma mater, Oberlin College.
Your art work will be exhibited first in Philadelphia and
then at Oberlin College.

Call for Tracts--Call for Entry

Charles Darwin is the inspiration for  Lisa Anne Auerbach’s  
The Tract House: A Darwin Addition,
commissioned by the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum in conjunction with its exhibition  Dialogues with Darwin and with Philagrafika. For this special incarnation of The Tract House, we are specifically seeking tracts that have to do with the ideas, themes, and life of Charles Darwin!  The call for entries and a full description of the projects is available here

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut

For those of us who love books, who doesn't find paper fascinating?

Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut shines a light on the beautiful world of paper art, fashion, and design. From the traditional art of origami and paper cutting through to contemporary experiments in conceptual paper installations and modular folding, Paper celebrates one of the world’s oldest and most widely used materials in all its visual glory, providing an analogue remedy to the digital world.

For more information visit: black dog publishing
For more amazing pictures visit: design*sponge online

The NY Art Book Fair

Save the Dates:

Printed Matter, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to publications made by artists, presents the fourth annual NY Art Book Fair. It will include contemporary art books, art catalogs, artists' books, art periodicals, and 'zines offered for sale by over 200 international publishers, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, and independent artist/publishers.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
Long Island City, Queens
Admission to the fair is FREE.

For more information please visit:

Miniature Book Fair

Maria G. Pisano will be exhibiting her work at the Miniature Book Fair as
part of the Miniature Book Conclave, a celebration of miniature books.

Sunday, August 30 (1- 4:30 PM)
Free and open to the public

Please come and visit the Fair at:
Wyndham Conference Center
900 Scudders Mill Road
Plainsboro, NJ
(just north of Princeton)

For additional information on the Conclave and Fair please contact:
Jim Brogan

Maria's book works are in numerous private and public collections including the Library of Congress, The American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Princeton University, Harvard University, Stanford University, the New York Public Library, and many more. To see some of Maria's work
please visit:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Book Bombs

Book Bombs is a site-based zine project to be held in conjunction with
Philagrafika 2010. Michelle Wilson of Rocinante Press and Mary Tasillo of Citizen Hydra Projects join forces to pepper public spaces of Philadelphia with a series of prints and zines examining the park bench as social space, home, and art gallery. Locations will include Christ Church Park, Washington Square Park, Logan Circle, and more.

Papermaking from invasive weeds in local empty lots is now underway.
Documentation can be found on the project blog.
for information as the project develops.

Racism: An American Family Value

July 8, 2009 - September 12, 2009
"Racism: An American Family Value", curated by friend of the PCB, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., can currently be viewed at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.

Defining Books: Multiple Perspectives

If you're traveling out of the Philadelphia airport soon (and are not running for your airplane) be sure to check out this exhibit between Terminals A and B. The exhibit includes book forms by four Philadelphia area artists: Carol Barton, Hedi Kyle, Tom Leonard, and Mary Phelan.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Book Paper Scissors--Logo Contest

The Philadelphia Center for the Book is sponsoring a contest, open to members and non-members alike, to design a logo for Book Paper Scissors. BPS is an artists' book fair, free and open to the public, featuring prints, artists' books, handmade paper, zines, origami, blank books, and paper sculpture and jewelry.

Please submit your jpeg entry to by Friday, August 28th. Logo must include the words "Book Paper Scissors" and must be able to be reproduced on a 4-color postcard. The winning entry will be selected by September 9, 2009, and the winner must then submit camera-ready artwork by September 23, 2009. The prize is a free table at this year's Book Paper Scissors event (not to mention bragging rights!)