2012 Juried Members' Exhibition: BiblioTech

January 5, 2012 - March 11, 2012
Skylight Gallery, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA

THEME – The College Book Art Association (CBAA) invites you to submit work to BiblioTech, a juried book arts

exhibition held during the 2012 CBAA Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. To illuminate one aspect of the

conference’s theme, "Time, Sequence and Technology," this exhibition will feature the broad range of technology 

in artists books. This show is open to both regular members and student members of CBAA.  Non-members are 

welcome to submit work if they pay the membership fee as well as the entry fee. 

Technology can be interpreted as any mode of making in artist’s books including but not limited to: books 

involving older technologies such as handbound books, letterpress printed books and broadsides, and books involving 


technologies such as laser cutting, digital printing and books that exist in purely digital form (video). Members 

are also 

encouraged to enter works that combine old and new technologies in innovative ways.

MEDIA - This exhibit is open to book arts related artworks created as either an edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist 

books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, videos of artists books, digitally produced books or broadsides



Any medium, any style. Size is limited to 20 inches maximum in any direction. Wall-hung work 


be unframed.

Special note on video submissions: The Library has two video kiosks--one with sound and one without. A series of 

videos from different members will be shown in a loop and each video should not exceed 3 minutes in length. The 

Library promotes 

educational programs, so process videos or videos with an educational component are encouraged, 

as well as books that exist 

purely in digital form, such as animations.

JURORS - BiblioTech will be juried by Ruth Rogers and Emily McVarish.

Ruth Rogers is Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College, in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she teaches

and administers a collection of over 40,000 items, including rare books, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, modern

fine press books, and contemporary artists’ books.

Emily McVarish is a writer, designer, and book artist. She has operated her presses, Axel & Otto, in both commercial 

and experimental ventures since 1990. She is on the Faculty at California College of the Arts, in Oakland, California.

Two student conference travel assistance awards for $400 given jointly with $100 exhibit awards

Three member exhibit awards for $100

One additional student exhibit award for $100

Several institutional purchase prizes

EXHIBITION DISPLAY - This exhibition will be displayed at the Skylight Gallery at the San Francisco Public Library

All books will be in locked, enclosed cases. 

SALES - All work entered in this exhibition will not be for sale, but there will be a checklist available for buyers to 

contact members directly for purchasing.

ENTRIES - A maximum of two artworks may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received online no later 

than AUGUST 15, 2011Artists accepted for the exhibition will be notified via email. The curators reserve the right

to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery 

if the condition or quality are other than represented in the electronic entry. 

PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR WORK - You may submit up to five photographs for each piece you are entering in 

this show. Please include one full view, and several details showing at least one closeup of the binding and/or craftsmanship.

All jurying for both inclusion in the show and for awards will be completed through slides. Please make sure your images are of high

quality and that they honestly represent your work.

PREPARING YOUR IMAGES FOR ENTRY – You may submit up to five views each of your two submitted books. 

Name your files as book title-1-a.jpg, book title-1-b.jpg, book title-1-c.jpg, book title-2-a.jpg, etc. 

Your book's title is followed

by the artwork 

number, which must correspond with the entry number on the slide list


will provide.

The a, b, or c letter 

are the additional views of the corresponding book. You could be submitting

up to ten images total.

Please submit 

JPG (or JPEG) images

All JPGs must be 72 ppi sized to 1000 pixels in the longest direction. 

HOW TO SUBMIT: All submissions must be made via the online submission manager. Please follow the detailed instructions.

Regular members click here to submit.

Student members click here to submit. 

FEES – A $20 non-refundable entry fee for up to two works must accompany each submission (this fee is waived 

for students with current and valid ID) When entering online you will pay via Paypal or any major credit card. You 

will also have the option to pay CBAA membership 

fees at the same time. The Entry Form will have complete instructions.

SHIPPING – All shipping and shipping insurance costs to and from the designated location are the responsibility of the artist 

and complete instructions and the shipping address will be provided upon acceptance into the show.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS – Artists residing outside of the United States are welcome to enter this exhibition. The 

exhibition entry fee of $20 must be paid in US funds. Return shipping of all artwork will be handled via the carrier of 

your choice but you must provide pre-paid, 

ready-to-ship shipping labels and customs documents.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE – The San Francisco Public Library is insured and shall be responsible 

for the safekeeping of all consigned artwork while in the Skylight Gallery’s possession. The Library shall be strictly 

liable to the artist for their loss or damage 

(except for loss due to earthquake, flood or damage resulting from flaws 

inherent in the artwork), to the retail value of the artwork.

AGREEMENT – By submitting to this show, the artist agrees that images of selected artworks can be used to promote 

the show including publicity, catalogs and web site promotions. Copyright credit will be given to the artist. Submission 

of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this Call


for Entries and the Entry Form. 

THE NECESSARY LEGAL STUFF – Representations and Warranties of Artist. Artist hereby represents and warrants 

to The Sponsors of this exhibition, the San Francisco Public Library and the College Book Arts Association (hereafter 

noted as The Sponsors) that she or he is the creator 

of the Artwork; and is the owner of all rights to the Artwork and 

their use as granted to The Sponsors in this Agreement, and has not assigned, 

pledged or otherwise encumbered the 

same; that the Artwork is original; and she or he has the full power to enter into this agreement and to make 

the grants 

herein contained. Artist further warrants that the Artwork does not, in whole or in part, infringe upon any copyright or 

violate any right 

to privacy or other personal or property right whatsoever, and does not contain any matter of a libelous 

or scandalous nature and/or any matter 

otherwise contrary to law. Artist hereby agrees to indemnify and hold The 

Sponsors harmless from any and all claims, including but not limited to, 

all third party claims, demands, suits, actions, 

judgments, losses, costs, damages (direct, indirect or consequential), attorney’s fees and expenses The 

Sponsors might 

sustain or incur as a result of The Sponsor’s participation in this Agreement. 


Aug 15, 2011-Online entries due    

Oct 15, 2011-Notification of acceptance

Nov 15, 2011-Shipped work due at Cal State – Hayward

Jan 5, 2012-Show opens, reception, awards

Mar 11, 2012-Show closes

April 15, 2012-Return shipping to members


Macy Chadwick, CBAA 2012 Conference Exhibitions Chair

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