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.

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