Friday, February 12, 2016

Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2016

Mark your calendar for April 1 & 2, the dates for the second Philadelphia Art Book Fair.
In addition to book artists, you'll get to see, talk to, and buy from
& zine makers,
as well as see the latest from art and photo publishers.

Presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and The Print Center

For more details:

If you're interested in exhibiting, check out the web site above. Deadline for applications: Feb. 13.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Northwestern University Libraries Conservation Fellowship

This fellowship sounds like a good opportunity for someone interested in a  conservation career.

Northwestern University Libraries

Position:           Conservation Fellowship

Department:      Preservation and Conservation

Reports to:        Chief Conservator

Northwestern University Libraries offer an advanced post-graduate conservation fellowship for a two-year appointment, September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2018. The conservation fellowship provides practical experience in a busy academic library conservation lab balancing treatment responsibilities with professional research activities.  There will be the opportunity to gain bench experience, develop skills in treatment decision making, and research a topic of interest.

Northwestern University, established in 1851, is one of the leading private research universities in the United States with an enrollment of approximately 15,800 students.  Northwestern University Libraries hold over 5 million volumes with collections of international standing in Music, Transportation, and African Studies. The Libraries’ conservation lab is located on the Evanston, Illinois campus just north of Chicago.

Description of Duties:  Working under the supervision of the Chief Conservator, the Conservation Fellow evaluates and treats special collections materials.  The Conservation Fellow performs a broad range of conservation treatments on rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps, and other unbound archival and special collections materials. Treatment includes the preparation of condition and treatment reports with an appropriate level of photo documentation. Anticipated projects for 2016-2018 include treatment of a book by Buckminster Fuller, 19th century watercolors, and the repair of a Victorian scrapbook filled with chromolithographic illustrations.

The Conservation Fellow stays current with new developments in the field of library conservation and conducts research related to an area of interest. Topics may include treatment techniques, materials identification, or historical studies.  Research should be of a quality that could result in a
paper, poster, or presentation.

The Conservation Fellow may assist other professional staff in the department with surveys, preservation education and outreach initiatives, exhibits-related projects, and disaster response initiatives.

Qualifications:  Master's degree in library science or associated field, with an emphasis on conservation training, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.  Knowledge of current conservation principles and practices, material science, and the history of bookbinding and conservation. Demonstrated ability to perform high quality conservation treatments on special collections materials, primarily book and paper, and to communicate effectively about treatment options and decisions.

Salary: Annual stipend of $48,000 plus benefits.  Northwestern University offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including health care and otherbenefits.

To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references, to

Tonia Grafakos
Chief Conservator
Northwestern University Libraries

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to submit a portfolio of recent conservation treatments.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Employment eligibility verification is required upon hire.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Victor Hammer Fellowship - Wells College

The Wells Book Arts Center is pleased to begin accepting applications for the tenth Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts.

The fellowship is named for Victor Hammer, an Austrian printer, book designer, typographer and portrait artist, who fled Europe to come to Wells College in 1939. The Hammer Fellowship is a two-year book artist-in-residence program that was founded in 1998 designed to help emerging book artists establish their name in the field. The Hammer Fellow’s expertise and various activities enhance the educational mission of the Book Arts Center and Wells College and increase awareness of the book arts as a field of study and practice both at Wells and in the community at large.

The Book Arts Center teaches introductory courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, calligraphy and various upper-level courses in binding and printing. In addition to courses taught in the academic year, the Book Arts Center offers two week-long series of workshops in the summer at Wells College.

The successful candidate for the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts will hold the position for two years, Fall 2016 through Summer 2018. The position includes teaching two courses each semester, one of which will be Hand Bookbinding I. Duties include production of work for Wells College Press, maintenance of Printing, Bindery and Papermaking studios and assisting the director.  The fellowship includes an apprenticeship at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler in nearby Skaneateles and producing an independent body of work.

Applicants must have extensive experience in binding, letterpress printing and papermaking, experience teaching, and a MFA in Book Arts or a certificate in a related field. Applications should include a CV, 15 digital images of the candidate’s own work, 7 digital images of the candidate’s students’ work, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Since the Fellow will assist in the design and production of poetry broadsides for the Creative Writing Program, as well as announcement posters for Book Arts events, images of any such work would be helpful to the search committee.

Applications are due by March 1, 2016, and are to be submitted as PDF files via an email to with Victor Hammer Fellow noted in the subject line.   Wells College actively seeks to diversify faculty and encourages candidates to apply who can further expand the program through multicultural approaches and is an equal opportunity employer.  No phone calls please.

Richard Kegler - Director
Wells Book Arts Center
Morgan Hall
Wells College
170 Main St
Aurora, New York 13026