Artist opportunities


Minnesota Center for Book Arts provides this listing of calls for art, residencies and artist opportunities as a resource for our artist community. Unless otherwise noted, MCBA is not affiliated with these calls or the host institutions, and cannot provide additional information about the opportunities; please contact the host institution.


Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift
ENTRIES DUE April 7, 2017

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) seeks art for inclusion in Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift — a juried exhibition of artists’ books that explore one or more of three related themes: the politics of control; alternative methods of public discourse; and the ever-shifting nature of social norms and values. This exhibition continues the tradition of the “Reader’s Art” exhibitions organized for many years by the Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. At the Susan Hensel Gallery “Reader’s Art” explored the broad theme of narrative in the arts. As the new home of these popular shows, MCBA is dedicated to continuing Hensel’s tradition of supporting new voices, emerging artists and students. The exhibition will be presented June 9 through August 13, 2017 with a reception on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Readers Art: Control/Alt/Shift will be on view during MCBA’s Book Art Biennial, and will be incorporated as a visual resource to inform discussion during the event’s symposium on July 22-23, 2017. For more information regarding the Book Art Biennial, visit
All media and formats are welcome. There is no entry or participation fee. Selected artists will be responsible for all shipping costs. While on view, all work will be fully insured and presented in secure cases.

To be considered, email the following to by April 7, 2017:

1. No more than two digital images per work. Images should be attached as low resolution JPEGs. Multiple entries are allowed but each entry should be sent as a separate email.

2. In the body of the email, provide the following information:
Artist name(s)
Mailing address (no postal boxes)
Email address
Telephone number
Title of work
Year of completion
Insurance value
Special installation instructions (if applicable)
Other descriptive information you feel is necessary

3. Place “ENTRY” in the subject line of your email. Entries must be received by April 7, 2017.
Work will be juried by Susan Hensel (artist and curator) and Jeff Rathermel (MCBA’s Executive Director). Selected artists will be notified by April 14, 2017. Selected artists’ works must be received/delivered to MCBA no later than May 19, 2017. Work will be returned by September 8, 2017. More specific shipping information will be provided to selected artists.

Questions regarding this exhibition may be sent to; please place “QUESTION” in the subject line.

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Ongoing opportunities and residencies:

Residency opportunity

Women’s Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY)

Women’s Studio Workshop has a variety of funded and subsidized residency opportunities for artists, including several specifically for book and print artists. Program requirements and additional details are available on the WSW website at the link below.

  • Artists’ Books Residency Grant, a 6-8 week residency for an artist to produce a limited edition artist’s book. Deadline: November 15.
  • Art-in-Education Book Arts Residency Grant, an 8-10 week residency focused on creating a limited edition artist’s book, while also working with students during our Art-in-Education program. Deadline: November 15.
  • Studio Residency Grant / Legacy Artists Residency Grant: 6 weeks working in WSW’s printmaking, papermaking, book arts or ceramics studios to create a new body of work. Deadline: April 1.

Deadline: Applications are reviewed annually at the deadlines mentioned above.
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Residency opportunity

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE)

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided. Approximately 60 residencies are awarded per year. $35 application fee.

Deadline: March 1 and September 1 of each year
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Residency opportunity

Lawrence Arts Center (Lawrence, KS)

The Lawrence Arts Center offers two artist residency programs, to help support, sustain, and foster growth in local arts and artists by providing material support for development of special projects, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary works, helping local artists to create works competitive on a national scale.

Year-long printmaking residency:
The Printmaking Artist in Residency program is designed to provide a creative environment for emerging artists and to broaden the center’s students and faculty awareness of new approaches and techniques. These year-long residencies begin on August 1 and end on July 31. The ideal candidates should have an MFA in printmaking and be self-directed and able to work independently. Preference is given to candidates who have demonstrated artistic excellence as well as interest in experimentation and innovative techniques. The resident will be provided studio space, housing, a monthly stipend of $1,000, and 24 hour access to all studios, including print, ceramics, drawing and painting, metal, photography, and digital media. These 12-month residencies provide a multi-faceted experience that includes teaching, community outreach, interaction with other artists, and studio care, and culminate in an exhibition of new work. Application fee $35.

Deadline: April 15 of each year.

Project-based residencies:
Individual artists or teams are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that show innovation and a desire to develop new work. Preference will be given to proposals that imagine the space in new ways and can benefit from the extensive studios and creative resources at The Lawrence Arts Center. Selected artists will receive a stipend of up to $300 per project, use of studio space at Arts Center established times, and up to 8 hours of private instruction in any studio space or medium. Housing will be provided, and the duration of the project based residency is 2 weeks – 4 months. Application fee $15.

Deadline: Proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
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Call for papers

Openings: Studies in Book Art
College Book Art Association

Openings is the CBAA’s peer-reviewed journal publishing critical, historical and theoretical articles, reviews and interviews about book art and its pedagogy.

Deadline: Contributions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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