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[BKARTS] CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for Reading: A Selection o f Artists’ Books--Deadline 2/1

Reading: A Selection of Artists’ Books

Artist's books are greater than the sum of their parts: they are unique – at once a book, an art object, a texture, a sculpture. They are not just read; they are experienced, and there is nothing less enjoyable than being separated from a book you want to read by a plexiglass box and getting only a notion of what the book experience in total would be. Without the images, typography, design, and construction, the words read aloud are only a small part of experiencing this bookwork. One solution is artists’ books presented by the book artists themselves in an effort to give a book experience through various performance strategies.

Are you a book artist? Are you tired of being excluded from traditional readings, traditional, galleries, and traditional bookstores because your work is ‘difficult to present’? Do you have a unique solution for presenting your artists’ book?

Reading: A Selection of Artists’ Books is scheduled during the Southern Graphics Conference in Chicago, Saturday March 28, 2009, at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute, from 10am to 3pm.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for "Reading: A Selection of Artists’ Books"


Dates and Deadlines:
– All submissions must be made electronically to artistbookreading@xxxxxxxxx by February 1, 2009
– Artists will be notified by e-mail of the jury’s decisions by March 1, 2009.
– The reading will take place at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection in Chicago on March 28, 2009 from 10 am to 3pm.

The jury will be made up of Chicago artists. They will be looking for unique, well-crafted book works as well as good solutions to presenting these works which will best communicate their content and uniqueness.

What to send
For each submission include:
1) A Word or PDF document including in this order:
– your name
– your e-mail
– your phone number
– an artists’ statement specifically about this work and it’s content
– a detailed description of your proposed reading presentation including any special technical or other needs (projectors, audio equipment, lighting ...)

2) A Word or PDF document of the text that you will read:
– Each reader will have 6-10 minutes to read/present. Please be sure that your presentation fits into this time frame.
– If you are proposing to read a portion of a larger work, include all or enough of the larger work, with the section that you plan to read highlighted, so that the jury can better understand the entire work and your presentation.

3) Images of the bookwork:
– Images should be jpeg, 5”x7”, 150dpi.
– Include up to 5 images of the bookwork clearly showing the content, structure, and how they are related to and will be a part of your proposed presentation of the work for this reading.

4) Send all submissions to artistbookreading@xxxxxxxxx by the February 1, 2009 deadline. We will e-mail you to confirm receipt your submission.

5) Questions? E-mail us at artistbookreading@xxxxxxxxx and we’ll do our best to respond quickly and completely.

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