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Ever wonder where to see book arts books?

August 23rd, 2009

This past July, 2009, in the BOOK ARTS listserv, Cathy DeForest, a book artist and owner of DeForest Gallery (, started the question of where to see book arts books, and the answer includes locations all over the world.

Here is the list:

From:    Sophie BLACHET <sophie@ARTVITAM.COM>

For France, you have different public and private places:

*Le CNEAI located in Chatou,

*Centre des Livres d’Artistes,

*Page(S). It is an association which is organizing every year a “salon” in Paris, generally last weekend of November.

*Florence Loewy

*Atelier Vis-a-Vis.  Association with workshop and collection. They are organizing every year a big event in Marseille. This year October 10 and 11th.

*Bibliotheque Municipale de Lyon has a full department of artists’ books.

*Quai de la Batterie, located in Arras, north of France; they organize a Biennale

*Galerie Schumm Braunstein art gallery located in Paris zith a specialisation in artist book

*Livres des artiste de la Mediatheque, Ville de Voiron

*Les Abattoirs located in Toulouse

From:    “Huttner, Sidney F” <sid-huttner@UIOWA.EDU>

The University of Iowa Libraries

The University of Iowa Libraries has a large collection of artists’ books housed in our Special Collections department. Individual items are available to the public on request for perusal in our reading room during regular service hours (generally 8-5 M-F).

Since we have some 4,000 titles in the Charlotte Smith Collection of Miniature Books, we may have a somewhat larger number of artists’ books in miniature formats than most collections.

From:    Elissa Campbell <erscampbell@HOTMAIL.COM>

The University of Vermont has an amazing collection of artist books. You don’t need an appointment to see them either – just show up at Special Collections during their regular hours and they’ll take care of you.

Dr. Carol Pulin, American Print Alliance,, a non-profit consortium of printmakers’ councils

If you’re looking for places where students can regularly see artists’ books, don’t forget the museums and libraries that collect them AND are open to artists and regular people — not just “credential-holding academics.” Our list at the American Print Alliance includes only those that answered us that they allow the books to be studied even when not on display; note that you usually have to make an advance appointment. Go to the Library section of our website ( and pick Print Study Rooms, then scroll down or pick the state or province you’ll be visiting. I’m never sure if the direct-to-page link will work, but here it is:

This is a free resource from the Print Alliance.

Mindy Belloff, Studio On The Square: An intimate setting for learning Book Arts & Letterpress Workshops


Tel: 917-412-4134

The Musuem of Modern Art – book & paper gallery

the Morgan Museum & Library

the Grolier Club

& Printed Matter – all in NYC.

The Metropolitan Museum & the Cloisters always have illuminated manuscripts on display.  And, the NY Public Library exhibitions change often.

NJ, the Newark Public Library.

Columbia College Chicago

Center for Book & Paper Arts

1104 South Wabash Avenue, 2nd floor

Chicago, IL 60605-2328


Visual Studies Workshop has a gallery that exhibits artist books; a resource library with around 4,000 artist books; classes in artist books; an MFA Program in Visual Studies; and publishes Afterimage.

31 Prince Street

Rochester, NY 14607

From Cathy DeForest

Cathy DeForest

Gallery DeForest and Jubilation Press, 1067 Emigrant Creek Rd., Ashland, OR 97520  (541) 690-6976


Donna Seager Gallery; Donna Seager, owner; 851 4th St.,  San Rafael, CA 94901 (416) 494-4229

San Francisco Center for the Book

300 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA,  94103-5144, (415) 565-0545


Abecedarian Gallery; Alicia Bailey; 910 Santa Fe, Unit #101, Denver, CO  80204

phone: (720) 282-4052 or (303) 340-2110, fax: (303) 479-9556


Minnesota Center for the Book

Open Book Building, 1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (612) 215-2520

New York

New York Center for Book Arts; 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor; New York, New York 10001; (212) 481-0295


23 Sandy Gallery,Laura Russell, owner and book artist

623 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97232 (503) 927-4409


Wessel & Leiberman, 208 First Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98104 (206) 682-3545

Museum Collections that Feature Artists’ Books, USA

Museums Collections of artists’ books are a plethora of inspiration. Here are favorites to fill you with awe and wonder.

East Coast

Museum of Modern Art, Franklin Furnace Collection

11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-708-9400

Museum of Fine Arts, The William Morris Hunt Memorial Library, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115


National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20005-3970

202-783-5000, 1-800-222-7270

America’s Heartland

The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404, 312-443-3600

West Coast

The Getty Museum, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California 90272, (310) 440-7300

From:    MelissaJay Craig <craigmjay@SBCGLOBAL.NET>

In Chicago, there is the Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection at the School of the Art Institute, 37 S. Wabash. Thousands of books and multiples that can be handled.

Also, Vespine Gallery, an artist-run space at 1907 S. Halsted, regularly (though not exclusively) features artists’ books, prints and broadsides.

From:    John Cutrone <jcutrone@FAU.EDU> Programs Coordinator, JCBA: Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library,  Boca Raton, Florida

I suppose we’ll each be blowing our own horns until the list is ultimately compiled… here in South Florida, the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University always has book related exhibitions up and running. We’re in Boca Raton, about 40 miles north of Miami.

From:    Paul McCann <polm@DAMPFKRAFT.COM>

As a matter of at least related interest, there’s the Karpeles Manuscript Museums:

From:    “Freeman, Brad” <bfreeman@COLUM.EDU>

Maurizio Nannucci in Firenze has an artist book archive that may be open to the public.

Zona Archives / Box 1486 / 50121 Firenze / Italy / Telefax 39.55.679378 /

The Center for Book & Paper Arts has a gallery that regularly exhibits artist books; workshops in book arts (letterpress printing, bookbinding, papermaking); an MFA program in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper; and publishes JAB – the Journal of Artists’ Books.

Richard Kegler, Western NY Book Arts Collaborative, Western NY Book Arts Center,

468 Washington St.,  Buffalo NY 14203,  (716) 903-6875

There are 2 Karpeles Museums in Buffalo.  If anyone gets by this way to visit us at the WNY Book Arts Center, be sure to try and fit in a visit to one of the Karpeles Museums.  I think someone had asked a little while back what was book-related to be found in Buffalo. I had posted something in a travel brochure mode for last year’s TypeCon conference, aimed at typophiles and bibliophiles.

From:    “Herbert, Teri Lynn” <herbertl@MUSC.EDU>

Subject: Re: Karpeles Museums

We have one of the Karpeles Museums in Charleston and the exhibits are

wonderful!  Currently here is the Florence Nightingale letters, reports,

documents – she had a beautiful handwriting.  These museums are a

treasure.  All of the exhibits are fascinating – the last one here was

on stereoscope pictures and you could borrow the glasses and look

at the old photos of presidents, famous people, houses, etc.

Go visit one!   It is hard to find a better free resource!

Teri Lynn Herbert

Charleston, SC

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