Book Artists Respond to Architecture and Design

As part of Philagrafika 2010: the Graphic Unconscious, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Center for the Book, is issuing a call for entries for book artists to respond to selected works from the Athenaeum’s legacy research collection of architecture and design.

Entry & Submission Summary:
Athenaeum curators have chosen ten books from their collections that are available to view both on site and online. Artists residing in the United States are invited to submit proposals for a book that they will create in response to one of the selected books. The proposed books may be editioned or one-of-a-kind, artist books, book objects, altered books or zines. The proposal must be for newly created work, directly responding to a specific book from the Athenaeum collection. Six of the proposals will be chosen, and these six artists will make their proposed books, which will be exhibited in the Athenaeum gallery in March and April during the Philagrafika 2010 festival. A generous grant from the Beneficia Foundation underwrites this competition and exhibition and will provide these six artists with a stipend of $500 to help offset the cost of the book production. The artists’ books will be exhibited along with their Athenaeum counterparts. The Athenaeum books are available to view by appointment during regular Athenaeum hours and online. Athenaeum staff are available in person and at 215-925-2688 to consult with artists about the books to which they are responding.

Visit the Athenaeum’s website for project details and to view books.
Deadline for proposals is September 25, 2009.


“Show and Bestow” – The Ruth Hughes Collection of Artists’ Books
A call to donate artists’ books to a new collection at Oberlin College
Preceded by an exhibition at the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street
November 20 – December 30, 2009

Cancer affects everyone. Recently my friend Ruth found out that her life will be cut short by cancer. Help celebrate life! Please donate a book in her honor to a collection I am assembling that will become a part of the Special Collections at her alma mater, Oberlin College. Your art work will be exhibited first in Philadelphia and then at Oberlin College.

Books due by November 13th to:
Alice Austin
c/o The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Please include name, email and mailing address for recognition.
Also, include a short description of your book.
Questions? Ask ALICE


Another Fast, Friendly, and FREE Workshop

Michelle Dauberman will teach:

Insect Pamphlet:
This insect inspired structure is a fun, simple and elegantly designed 2-hole pamphlet. Utilizing a creative approach to sustainability you can reuse found/scrap materials like wallpaper, Mohawk paper and wax thread to create this organic book/pamphlet structure. Pamphlet materials will be provided. You will need to bring the following tools to the workshop: Knife, sewing needle, scissors, Japanese hole punch and awl.

Cube and nested triangle structure:
Inspired by Platonic solids and the geometry of 3-D space, this form uses a clear medium (ink jet transparency) to expose the elegant simplicity and beautiful relationship of shape and structure as it relates to the cube and nested triangle. Pre-printed ink jet transparencies/templates will be provided. You will need to bring the following tools to the workshop: Knife, bone folder and metal ruler.

Saturday, September 12, 2009
9am – 12pm
Held at the Library Company
1314 Locust St.

RSVP by clicking HERE!