San Diego Book Arts
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.”
—Leonardo da Vinci
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Current & Upcoming Events


SDBA Quarterly Potluck

Dear SDBA Folks,
We are continuing our Quarterly Potluck Series with a hosted drop-in event on New Year’s Day


January 1, 2015

Noon till 4 pm.

Begin the New Year with your creative SDBA friends! Kathy will be making a nurturing hot soup as part of her "Beginnings" ritual. Friends and family are, as always, VERY welcome to attend.

SDBA will provide paper goods, utensils and drinks (beer, wine, iced tea & lemonade), you bring a dish to share. Please let us know what you will bring when you RSVP.
Send us an email to sandieogbookarts@gmail.com. Please put Potluck as your subject.

Prepare to meet, chat and mingle with others you might have seen only in passing, or whose work might have intrigued you. Start the year off right by spending Thursday afternoon with people you are getting to know better, our SDBA crowd!

Hope to see you all there!

Announcing Salon - UnFinished Object (UFO)

1 pm to 4 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

We, SDBA Programs have wanted to start small special interest groups called Salons where our members can meet informally and connect on various topics of interest for some time. The time is ripe and to that end we are starting a Salon- ‘UnFinished Objects’. The purpose of this group is for members to bring unfinished art projects to a casual setting and work on them. These projects can be from prior workshops, or anything else you are working on. To start off this group will be meeting once a month. We are also looking for other people who can host the salon. To kick things off Laurel Moorhead has agreed to be our first host. She can comfortably host 8 people on a first come basis, first served basis. Her house is in the Bay Park area of Clairemont and is wheelchair accessible. Feel free to bring a snack to share.

So, if you are interested please RSVP to her as soon as possible: MoorheadL@gmail.com. please put Salon – UFO as your subject.

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2014 Workshops

Visit the Workshops page for the complete listing for the 2014 season!

The current issue of End Papers is now available in pdf format. Click here to view or download the latest issue.

Catalogs Available for Purchase

San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Exhibition
May 5-June 22, 2014
UC San Diego, Geisel Library, Special Collections


Fifth National Juried Exhibition 2014 catalog

The full color, 9 x 7 inch, 69-page Fifth National Juried Exhibition catalog is available now; it includes an introduction by the juror, Sue Ann Robinson. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, 1624 Forestdale Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Catalog, Fifth National Juried Exhibition, Geisel Library, $20 plus $4 shipping

San Diego Book Arts Members' Exhibition
April 2 – May 30, 2013
Cerritos Library, 18025 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703

One of the most modern and architecturally innovative libraries in the country hosted this exhibition of the work of 28 artist members of SDBA. Forty-five artist’s books showcased the wide range of structure, media, and imagination that characterize the art of the book.

For a list of exhibitors, visit our Exhibitions page.

Cerritos Library Members' Exhibition Catalog CoverA full color, 7.5 x 7.5 inch. 27 page catalog is available. It includes a brief introduction about the Cerritos Library and its special collection of artist's books. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $20 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Catalog, San Diego Book Arts Members' Exhibition, Cerritos Library, $20 plus $4 shipping

San Diego Book Arts
Fourth National Juried Exhibition
May 26-July 8, 2012
UC San Diego, Geisel Library, Special Collections

San Diego Book Arts Fourth National Juried Exhibition CatalogThe show is over, but the full color, 9 x 7 inch, 65-page Fourth National Juried Exhibition catalog is available now; it includes an introduction by the juror, Carolee Campbell. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Fourth National Juried Exhibition Catalog, $20 plus $4 shipping

SDBA 2012 Workshops

SDBA Members' Exhibition: An Artist Trading Card ABC

An ATC ABC catalogTwenty-seven Artist Trading Cards, one for each letter plus the question mark, have been bound into 27 unique structures. Although the exhibition has passed, a catalog, itself an ABC book, is now available. Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $15 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

An Artist Trading Card ABC Catalog, $15 plus $4 shipping

San Diego Book Arts
Third National Juried Show
May 29-July 4, 2010
Geisel Library, UC San Diego

Of the over 200 books submitted for this exhibit, Juror Kitty Maryatt selected 61 pieces by 54 artists. The quality of work was outstanding, which will make for an excellent exhibit, but this made the judging process extremely difficult. Although the show is now closed, you can still order the catalog, below.

Juror: Kitty Maryatt, Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College and Director of the Scripps College Press, and principal owner of Two Hands Press, a book arts design studio specializing in the design and fabrication of both handmade and production books. Kitty has an MFA from UCLA and lectures and gives workshops all over the country.

The full color, 9 x 7 inch, 67-page Third National Juried Show catalog is available; it includes an introduction by the juror, Kitty Maryatt. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of most books. The price is $20 plus $4 shipping.

Use the Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Third National Juried Show Catalog $20 plus $4 shipping

Note: the catalog for the Second National Juried Show, held in 2008, is also available on our Exhibitions page.

Edge to Edge CatalogEdge to Edge
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park
March 1-31, 2010

Although the exhibition has closed, a full color catalog is still available. Use Add to Cart button to order your copy with a major credit card, or send a check for $15 plus $4 shipping to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Edge to Edge Catalog $15 plus $4 shipping

San Diego Book Arts Second National Juried Show
October, 2008
UCSD, Geisel Library

A 65 page, 9 x 7 inch, full color catalog of our Second National Juried Show is available. Each artist’s book in the show is on it’s own page, with 2-3 images of the book. The price is $20 plus $4 for shipping.

Second National Juried Exhibition Catalog

To order your copy, send a check for $24 to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, CA 92169. Or, click the "Buy Now" button below to pay with a major credit card using our PayPal shopping cart.

Second National Juried Show Catalog $20 plus $4 shipping

Please allow up to two weeks for delivery.

Book Artist Members—We Need Your Work

We have members exhibitions scheduled almost continuously in the coming year, and we need your artist's books to show. Please fill out the online submission form to let our Exhibitions Chair know what you have. You will be contacted to make delivery arrangements when your piece has been scheduled for an exhibit.

Click here to enter your book in the ongoing member’s exhibitions.