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—Leonardo da Vinci
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Current & Upcoming Events



Announcing Salon - UnFinished Object (UFO) in April

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, from 1-4 pm

What better way to spend Tax Day, than doing art with friends? You have another opportunity to work on your projects at 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. Laurel has kindly agreed to be your host and can comfortably host 7 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. Please note we are also looking for other people who can host the salon.

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


SDBA Members Quarterly Potluck

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1– 4 PM

Hey, SDBA Folks

The next in our quarterly SDBA Potluck Series has been established. Mark your calendars! So far we’ve visited with Karen Nyman in Point Loma, Al & Josie Rodriguez in Mission Hills, and most recently at Pnina Gold’s Normal Heights home on New Year’s Day. Each experience has been SO much fun, and interesting, totally reflecting the diversity and creativity of our SDBA community. The food people share tends to be beautiful and delicious, and appreciated by all. The community is lovely. Connections are made, ideas shared, friendships become enriched.

WELL! Fran Watson is opening her lovely, art decorated home in Rancho Bernardo for the event, upcoming in April.

Come join us as we continue the attitude of play. Bring anyone you might care about, anyone who might be interested, all are invited. If you missed the last one, remedy your loss by attending THIS one.

Reserve the date, April 28. Prepare to meet, chat and mingle with others you might have seen only in passing, or whose work might have intrigued you. Pass a good time on a Sunday afternoon with people you are getting to know better, our SDBA community!

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.

Look for the email to RSVP or send us an email to sandieogbookarts@gmail.com. Please put April Quarterly Potluck as your subject.


All SDBA Members Exhibit

October 1–November 1, 2015

Women’s Museum, Liberty Station

VIP Opening Reception: October 1, 2015; Opening Reception: October 2, 2015

The deadline to enter the All members Show is August15. All images must be sent to Nancy Walter by that date to be put into the Catalog and for the names of artists to be in the invitation. The pick up dates are September 19 - 20. The pick up location will be announced at a later time.

The SDBA Members Exhibit general opening reception will be held during First Friday at Liberty Station, which attracts big crowds. Generally our exhibits are in libraries, so this is an excellent opportunity to show book arts to an audience less familiar with artists’ books and the SDBA.

Our themed show is about a woman or women. The interim title is Cherchez la Femme, or Look for the Woman. It’s a big concept that you can have fun with. To the men in our community, please don’t be shy. I know that some of you already have great books for this show. We like everyone to take part. Please keep the theme in mind as you take workshops and make new books or complete ongoing ones. More details coming soon.

—Fran Watson, Exhibitions Chair


2015 Collaborative Art Project (CAP)

Dear SDBA Folks,


The SDBA Collaborative Art Project is on it’s way! Forty-five, or so, of our member-artists have chosen to respond artistically to one of the Moon Haiku series by San Diego Poet Diane Gage, serendipitously a long time San Diego Book Arts member: Haikus. Each artist will produce a single, large, page of art, on watercolor paper, using any chosen medium, but including a part of the text of the chosen haiku.The full 45 pages, the collaborative book, will be displayed as a single collection at an exhibition early next year, part of SDBA's 20th Anniversary celebration.

I have a vision of these large pages hanging, as on a clothesline, in a gallery setting, with light shining on them from above. I want to see that, says Orchestrator Kathy Przekopp, echoing the vision of project Artistic Guide, Viviana Lombrozo.Ultimately, a container will be created for these donated pages and the total book will be available for sale to a collector. Smaller copies of the images will be made and our participating artists will create their own book-structures of the images, showcasing the talents of the full group.

This is an ambitious project with lots of moving parts that is being done as a full collaboration, with each member of the group creating not only their art but also volunteering in the various tasks that will make this experience so memorable for San Diego Book Arts. The purpose of the project, beyond the glory to be seen in the exhibition, is twofold: First, helping to increase the sense of community and belonging within San Diego Book Arts and second, to be a source of fund-raising to support the project and SDBA as a whole.

This project IS off the ground.In order to get it flying, funds are needed for supplies, photography, printing, facility space and more. Our goal is to that the net gain from the sale of the full collection and the various artists' books will far exceed the costs for the project so that ultimately SDBA’s coffers will be made healthy again.In order to do this we are asking for (tax-deductible) donations of services and supplies, along with funds. If you would like to help this project move forward and can help in anyway, please do so.If you can donate or know of someone who can donate, please contact us via email sandieogbookarts@gmail.com, putting Collaborative Art Project as the subject, or click on the Donate button below.Off, off and AWAY!

SDBA CAP Steering Committee


Show Opening:

[UN]BOUND Book Arts Exhibition
Public Library Brings the Athenaeum’s Artists’ Books to New Audiences
San Diego Central Library 9th Floor Art Gallery

January 31-April 26, 2015
Reception: January 31, 2015, 12 noon–2pm

Both the exhibition and the reception are open to the public.

In 25 years of collecting artists’ books, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has developed an important resource for artists, researchers, and presses. Parts of the Erika and Fred Torri Artists’ Books Collection are typically on display for visitors in the Athenaeum’s North Reading Room and are available for use by appointment. But the [UN]BOUND exhibition at the San Diego Central Library will provide unprecedented public access to more than 50 books from the collection.
The one-of-a-kind books, fine-press limited editions, and book-objects included in the [UN]BOUND exhibition were created by 36 San Diego–area artists, working solo or in collaboration. SDBA book artists included in the show are: Judy Christensen, Mary Ellen Long, Jim Machacek, Kathy Miller, Al Rodríguez, Sara Rosenbluth, Sibyl Rubottom, Genie Shenk, and Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The books vary greatly in form, materials, and bookbinding methods, and they explore an equally wide range of subjects, from personal to public.

Coinciding with the exhibition, SDBA member Judy Christensen will offer a series of free book arts workshops in the Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center at the Library: one for preschoolers, one for teens, and several for adults.


Call for Submissions:
What is a Book? Curated by René Gehr

March 2-31, 2015

Mission Valley Public Library, 2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2015 (email thumbnail image & text)
Books Deadline: February 15-20, 2015

The exhibition will be located in the main lobby of the Mission Valley Library.
Books made by children and adult students will be considered.
Content: While the content is up to each student, please keep in mind that the exhibit case is adjacent to the Children’s Section of the library. Explicit adult content would not be appropriate. Bright colors and light-hearted subjects would be best. Anything related to Earth Day, Spring, growth, or nature—but that is a general theme. Please submit whatever you like!

Format: A variety of formats is encouraged.

Each student submission must be accompanied by the following information: Thumbnail Image. General measurements. Label information: Title, Artist, Date and a brief (1-3 sentences maximum) answer to the question: “What is a Book?” This sentence will be displayed in the case. The idea being that each artist will have a unique answer to that question which will expand the notion of “Book” for the viewer. If it is a juvenile artist, please include age. Optional: Biography. Professors only: René would be happy to promote your Book Arts class, your other projects and you next to your book.

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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. Sorry, SOLD OUT!

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.