This area is a clearinghouse for fellowships, projects, and exhibitions open to book artists, including painters, printmakers, and binders. Please submit new entries to Garrett Queen for posting.

Fellowships and Residencies

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowships

VCCA offers a rotating selection of fully-funded fellowships at Mt. San Angelo in Amherst, Virginia, and the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France.. Applications are accepted three times a year: January 15, May 15, and September 15. Fellowships currently under consideration will occur between January 2 and April 30, 2023. Deadline: May 15, 2022

Calls for Entries

EntryThingy, a clearinghouse for artists’ calls for entries

International Bookbinding Competition 2022 
Submission Deadline: May 20, 2022
This Society of Bookbinders competition showcases the art and craft of bookbinding, attracting entries from around the world. The five competition categories are fine binding, book arts, case binding, restoration, and historic binding. Fill in and submit your entry form online.PaperWorks 2022 International Juried Art Competition 
Submission Deadline: May 22, 2022
The B. J. Spoke Gallery in Huntingdon, NY runs two national juried competitions each year open to non-members only. The winners’ exhibitions are held in March (“EXPO”), in August (“Paperworks”), and in November (“Harvest of Artists”). Eligible works are made on, with or about paper by artists who use paper as their primary substrate. $35 entry fee.

“PULP: Book & Paper Arts” Exhibition
International juried exhibition sponsored by Sebastapol Center for the Arts (CA)
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2022, through EntryThingy
A call for innovative or traditional explorations of Book Arts, Paper Arts, and Paper Sculptures, including paper objects, book art-related objects, altered books, and sculptural and wall-mounted pieces, as well as more traditional artists’ books, letterpress printing, and bookbinding.

Beyond the Pale: Call-out for printing 2022
Submission Deadline: August 01, 2022
From September 2022, the Bodleian Libraries plan a display of contemporary printed black squares or rectangles.
The Bodleian Bibliographical Press is inviting contemporary book artists and printers to create printed works that respond to, and engage with, black shapes on printed pages. 

“Looks Good on Paper” Exhibition
Juried exhibition sponsored by Pyramid Atlantic. Application deadline June 24, 2022. 
A call for 2D and 3D works on, in, and of paper. The exhibition (Aug 19-Oct 2, 2022) will showcase diverse practices and concepts in paper arts including trends and advances in the art of hand papermaking, politics of paper/papermaking, and explorations of the materiality of paper itself. Any artist working in paper is welcome to submit work.

*RECOMMENDED* RESOURCES

An exhaustive list of vendors, organizations, instructional videos, exhibitions and artists would be very long indeed! Our page offers links to various sites specifically recommended by members of the VCB Book Arts program. Please submit new entries to Garrett Queen for posting.

Online Instruction

Fold-Alongs from Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Archived videos made during the pandemic for family-friendly projects that require minimal materials and tools.

YouTube channel of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Currently weighted toward papermaking, but KBAC intends to include letterpress and binding as they continue to develop their video library.

Partners in Print (PiP)

A group of young printers in Seattle who lost their printshop and turned their energies to social media. Their popular “Long Distance Letterpress” classes have two-tiered tuition.

On-Site Instruction (in or near Virginia)

Studio Two Three

Richmond studios and public workshops

Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

Continuing-education in the history of written, printed, and digital materials with leading scholars and professionals. Summer intensive courses and public lectures.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

VisArts offers classes, exhibitions, community outreach programs, camps, workshops and special events. More than 125 instructors teach for the organization. The focus of its public gallery is on materials and processes of contemporary artists.

Cattail Run in Winchester

This custom bindery’s workshop division, The School for Bookbinding Arts, is devoted to teaching the art of bookbinding and its allied crafts. 

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Pyramid Atlantic offers studio space, classes and workshops in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Design/Style

Globe at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)

A serious teaching program built around a classic letterpress sign shop.

Hatch Showprint

A classic letterpress sign shop that has become a Nashville tourist attraction.

Letterpress Educators for Art and Design (LEAD)
Young printers from around the world sharing their enthusiasm and unique perspectives.

Printing History

AMERICAN PRINTING HISTORY ASSOCIATION 

https://printinghistory.org/

A group of letterpress printers, academics, librarians, curators, and book collectors. Fabulous conferences, active local chapters, peer-reviewed journal.

HAMILTON WOOD TYPE AND PRINTING HISTORY MUSEUM

https://woodtype.org

Manufacturer of wood type and printers cabinets now a museum and education center. It is experiencing a boom in popularity due to the power of social media.

Book Arts Associations

College Book Arts Association, a membership organization that supports and promotes academic book arts education. Sponsors a juried traveling exhibit and regional print exchanges. Publishes the open access, peer-reviewed journal, Openings.

Collections

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia

A reference archive especially strong in the book arts, including fine press books, pop-up books, artists’ books, and typography.

Richmond: repository for the Women’s Studio Workshop—largest publisher of hand-printed and hand-bound artists’ books in the U.S.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA)

BIMA’s ongoing video series, “Artist’s Books Unshelved,” explores selected pieces from the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection page by page. New videos are released on the first and third Saturdays of each month on BIMA’s YouTube channel.

Online Vendors

Boxcar Press, polymer plates and bases, letterpress supplies (including inks and paper)

Cave Paper, a handmade paper production studio dedicated to making decorated and unusual sheets of high quality

Colophon Book Arts Supply, tools and materials for bookbinding, marbling and paper-making

Concord Engraving, polymer plates, free same-day turnaround

McClain’s Printmaking Supplies, offering service, tools and printmaking materials for relief printmakers

NA Graphics, letterpress supplies, press parts

Talas, high-end bookbinding tools and materials

Book Arts Centers

Briar Press

“A letterpress community” providing a clearinghouse for equipment, supplies, and information exchange.

San Diego Book Arts Group

A member organization ($50 annual fee) representing the myriad book arts. Membership is not necessary to participate in their monthly meetings, which include mini workshops and demonstrations. Members receive a monthly newsletter with local and national book arts information.

Santa Fe Book Arts Group.  

Santa Fe BAG provides resources for book artists of all levels to learn, expand, and share skills and ideas. Supports ongoing art swaps (members only) and an annual residency. provides a list of resource on its website

Listservs

LETPRESS, a letterpress discussion list of some 1,000 subscribers, including printers and enthusiasts from around the world. The Letpress web archives contain years of messages easily searched and browsed.

BOOK _ARTS, a mailing list based at Syracuse University and managed by Peter Verheyen. It currently claims almost 3000 subscribers worldwide, among them practicing bookbinders, book-artists, marblers, papermakers, printers, collectors, and library curators.