Sunday, September 27, 2009

Poem Posters: An Exhibition of Broadsides & Indie Press Festival

Opening: September 29, 2009
6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe and Dining Room
Kelly Writer's House
September 14 - October 30, 2009

In conjunction with the broadside exhibition Poem Posters, comprising letterpress work from small printshops around the country, KWH Art will present a small press fair to showcase a number of press projects from San Francisco to Brooklyn. There will be a selection of complimentary printed matter and a limited edition of take-away posters for the show. A reception will follow.

Poem Posters presses include:

Ugly Duckling Presse of Brooklyn, NY
The Common Press of Philadelphia, PA
Littoral Press of Oakland, CA
Dead Skin Press of Portland, ME
Hermetic Press of Minneapolis, MN
New Lights Press of Oakland, CA
Phylum Press of New Haven, CT
Propolis Press of Northamton, MA
Axel & Otto of San Francisco, CA
Intima Press of New York, NY
Auto Types Press of New York, NY
C&C Press of Pajaro, CA
Punch Press of Buffalo, NY
Poltroon Press of Berkeley, CA
Small Fires Press of Memphis, TN

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Building by the Book--Reminder (proposals due this week!)

As part of Philagrafika 2010: the Graphic Unconscious, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Center for the Book, issued a call for entry for book artists to respond to selected works from the Athenaeum’s legacy research collection of architecture and design.

The deadline for proposals is quickly approaching: September 25, 2009.
For more information please click for details here.

Members Meeting--Reminder (this week!)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Hahnemann Library
New College Building / 245 N. 15th Street

Join Philadelphia Center for the Book at our next Members Meeting, hosted by Hahnemann Library, where we will view the exhibition of artists' books currently on display, Stretching the Spine: Books on Health and Healing. The exhibition explores medicine, health, and healing as interpreted through the form of the artists' book. Presented within the context of a working medical library, the books and book-inspired objects embody a range of approaches to this theme.

Several of the artists will be at the meeting, and will present commentary to the group about their design and production processes. Stay for refreshments courtesy of Hahnemann Library, and a discussion of PCB news and events. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Members meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about Philadelphia Center for the Book.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Werner Pfeiffer (censor, villain, provocateur, experimenter): Book-objects & Artist Books

Exhibition Opening:
Thursday, September 17, 5:30 PM
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)
Join the University of Pennsylvania for the opening of this exhibition when Werner Pfeiffer will discuss his work.

Reservations appreciated but not required
Visit the exhibition Web site for more information.

September 8, 2009 - February 12, 2010
Werner Pfeiffer, a sculptor, printmaker, and painter renowned for his insightful and moving book-objects and artist books, masterfully constructed and beautifully printed, is collected by private and institutional collectors around the world. This exhibition highlights two distinct groups of works commenting and reflecting on the place and role of the book in the twenty-first century.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Un(bound): An Altered Books Competition

Feeling creative? So get in the act! Grab one of those unwanted books and turn it into a work of art. The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to announce its first ever Altered Books Competition.

An altered book is any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. They can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned. Altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page, or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

All entries to the competition should be received no later than 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. Prizes will be awarded to the top three altered books. The top 15 altered books will be on display at the Central Library during the month of October.

You can also join the Pratt Library at the Baltimore Book Festival on Friday, September 25, 6 to 8 pm, and make your own altered book. The library will provide old books and supplies for free.

Support for the Pratt’s Altered Book Competition comes from Art for Life, Atomic Books, Bowerbox Press, Creative Alliance, Doubledutch Boutique, The Helmand Restaurant, Joe Squared Pizza, Landmark Theatres, Mr. Yogato, Post Typography, Tag Galleries, Tapas Teatro, Squidfire, Urbanite Magazine, Utrecht Art Supplies, The Wine Source, and Zeke's Coffee.

For more information, guidelines and a registration form for the Pratt’s Altered Books Competition, visit our website at