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Book Arts: Organizations


The Guild of Book Workers: This organization promotes interest in and awareness of the tradition of the book and paper arts by maintaining high standards of workmanship, hosting educational opportunities, and sponsoring exhibits. The Guild publishes many resources including The Guild of Book Workers Journal, GBW Blog and Newsletter that are available to members.  The web page provides links to resources and many useful handouts.

The Center for Book Arts: The Center for Book Arts, located in New York City, is committed to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object while invigorating traditional artistic practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974, it was the first organization of its kind in the nation.

Book Arts Guild: This organization was started in 1979 and includes many Seattle and regional book artists.. BAG has hosted hundreds of lectures by major artists from all over the world, coordinated many workshops with master artists and craftspeople, supported exhibitions, and been active in regional book fairs throughout the group's history. Many of the events are held at the University of Washington library.

College Book Arts Association: The College Book Art Association is a non-profit organization fundamentally committed to the teaching of book arts at the college and university level, while supporting such education at all levels, concerned with both the practice and the analysis of the medium. It welcomes as members everyone involved in such teaching and all others who have similar goals and interests. The association aims to engage in a continuing reappraisal of the nature and meaning of the teaching of book arts.  

Puget Sound Book Artists: Centered in the South Sound, this organization hosts a number of exhibits, events, and workshops for members and the local community.  Collins Library has hosted the annual members’ exhibition for the past nine years.   The calendar provides up to date information on events.