Dear Chicago, please allow me to let my nerd flag fly today. The entity known as Columbia College apparently has a Center for Book and Paper Arts, which is already pretty cool, but on top of that they are accepting proposals for two $10,000 commissions. This reminds me of the NMWAâ€™s Fellowâ€™s artist program, which then reminds me of the Womenâ€™s Studio Workshop residency. On the other hand, maybe you donâ€™t make books but live in Brooklyn. In that case you should participate in Brooklyn Museumâ€™s new community-based initiative.
Letâ€™s talk BKLYN.
GO: a community-curated open studio project
Artist registration ends on June 29!
GO is a new project from the Brooklyn Museum, taking place in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. During GO, Brooklyn-based artists are asked to open their studios to the community on September 8-9, 2012. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012. Â Visit the GO website to learn about how you can take part in this borough-wide project.
In book news…
Columbia Collegeâ€™s CBPA Commision
Deadline: September 15th, 2012
The Center for Book and Paper Arts, a program of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, recently received a $50,000 Arts in Media grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of a new electronic publishing initiative, Expanded Artistsâ€™ Books. Â This grant will support an award of two $10,000 commissions for new artworks for the iPad. These will have physical counterparts that intersect, modulate, or inform the digital components of the artwork.
Super boring downside: â€œIn addition to the quality of the concept, the criteria for selection of proposals will include the artist’s demonstrated facility with the digital tools (prior iPad development experience highly valued)â€
Silver lining: You have more than 2 months to master the â€œfacilityâ€ of the iPad.
Brief nerdy mentions if you are a book artist or have made a book or like artistâ€™s books in general:
A while back I mentioned the Library Fellowsâ€™ Award from National Museum of Women in the arts. It exists in essence to encourage and support the creation of artistsâ€™ books and to benefit the Library and Research Center. Anyway, the deadline is June 30th and if youâ€™re a hardcore talented genius, I suggest you put in a proposal in the next four days. If youâ€™re maybe a little more humble about yourself, itâ€™s a biennial sort of thing and so there is always the year after next to apply.
In the same vein of identifying as a woman and being a book artist, there is of course the Womenâ€™s Studio Workshopâ€”a visual arts organization with specialized studios in printmaking, hand papermaking, ceramics, letterpress printing, photography, and book arts. P.S. WSW is the largest publisher of hand printed artists’ books in the country. They offer grants, fellowships, residencies, internships and studio space in a pretty dreamy part of New York state.
Last but not least, one of my favorite websites to spend time on is The Independent Photobook. And, I think heâ€™s douchebag, but Alec Sothâ€™s LBM website has a great list of resources to check out for the emerging and well acquainted book-minded.