Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program

Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program Deadline: 7 November 2011


proudly announces the in coordination with the for Spring Semester 2012. JCBA is located at Florida Atlantic University’s . The center revolves around a core collection of artists’ books and its educational mission focuses on all aspects of the book arts, including hand papermaking and paper decoration, letterpress printing and alternative print techniques, and bookbinding in its traditional form as well as .

Income from this endowed fund, established in 2011 by poet and artist Helen M. Salzberg, will enable artists working in the Book Arts to come to the Jaffe Center on a semester basis to work and teach at the center. While here, the artist will produce a creative project using JCBA studios and also teach a workshop for FAU students and the general public and mentor FAU students as his or her schedule allows. We are excited about the opportunity for our students to work alongside highly talented and creative book artists.

Two residencies will be awarded each academic year: one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. The Artist in Residence (AIR) selected each semester will get his or her own office at JCBA and full use of the JCBA studios (papermaking, letterpress and ). The artist’s residency will last for 12 weeks, though shorter or longer residencies may be accommodated as needed. In the application process, if an artist has a particularly ambitious creative project in mind, the artist may apply for a residency that would encompass two semesters. Should the be awarded in this case, the artist would be expected to teach one workshop in each semester.

The AIR will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the semester. The artist is responsible for transportation, housing, parking, meals and materials for his or her creative project. JCBA will provide materials for workshops.

The residency for the Spring Semester 2012 is expected to take place within the period of January 7, 2012 through May 4, 2012.

The AIR is expected to complete a Creative Project while in residency at JCBA. If the project is an editioned one, one copy of the project will be given to JCBA for addition to the Jaffe Collection and a portion of the edition shall be given to JCBA for fundraising purposes. The percentage of the edition given by the AIR to JCBA will be negotiated with each artist, based on the complexity of the project, but need not exceed ten percent of the edition (unless the artist desires to donate more of the edition to JCBA).   We are open to all Creative Project ideas, but the project should include some aspect of the book arts. A limited edition book is a logical Creative Project, but we will gladly consider other projects that somehow incorporate paper or print or creative approaches to the book arts. We have a very broad definition of the Book at JCBA, and we welcome each artist’s unique approach and perspective. If you think there’s a connection, there probably is.

The AIR will teach a workshop, and depending on the nature of the workshop, it may be one that meets for one or two intensive days or it may be one that meets over the course of the semester. The workshop would most likely be one that covers some aspect of the book arts in handmade paper, paper decoration, print or binding, but again, we are open to other concepts, too.

JCBA studios will be open and available for the AIR’s use and for the workshop taught by the AIR. To help with your creative project and workshop planning, here is a list of available equipment in each studio:   The Letterpress Studio includes a Vandercook 4 proof press, a Potter proof press, a Wesel Washington style iron handpress, a small platen press, and a hand operated guillotine, as well as a small but growing collection of metal and wood types. A photopolymer plate maker may be installed in time for the first AIR program.   The Book Studio includes board shears, Kutrimmer paper cutter, job backer, various book presses (including five nipping presses and two smaller versions of standing presses), a sewing frame, finishing presses, tanks for marbling paper, foil stampers with type, and various tools for tooling. A signature punch and precision plow may be installed in time for the first AIR program.   The Papermaking Studio is slated to open during the Fall Semester 2011. Equipment includes a Renna Hollander beater, a large vat, horizontal drying system and a vacuum table. We are not exactly sure at this point what types of moulds and deckles are available, but a donation of more equipment has been pledged and we are exploring the possibility of acquiring at least one handmade copper mould and deckle in time for the first AIR program.

Artists who wish to compete for consideration for this prestigious opportunity must submit their application and support materials for review by a JCBA panel comprised of book artists and book arts enthusiasts. Your application packet must be submitted via post or delivered in person to JCBA and should include the following:

1. Completed application, or suitable cover letter that supplies the same information requested on the pdf.
2. Brief narrative of the creative project you envision.
3. Brief narrative of the workshop you would like to teach.
4. Current resume.
5. Any support materials you care to include: we welcome images of your work, sketches for the creative project, video… be creative and have fun.

All applications will be weighed equally by our panel. Deliver your completed application packet or send via post to:
John Cutrone
Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program
Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Florida Atlantic University Libraries
777 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431

The deadline for applications to be considered for the Spring 2012 AIR program is Monday, November 7, 2011. Completed applications and support materials must be received by 4:00 PM that day. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. The board will make its decision by the end of November. We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2012 AIR program in February 2012.

Florida Atlantic University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access employer. Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3058.  TTY/TDD 1-800 955-8771)

The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Wimberly Library, Room 350/ 3rd floor east
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Telephone: 561.297.0226.

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:


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