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 Art Collaborative Project: Happening!

Dear SDBA Folks,
And it’s a GO! At last Sunday’s Annual Meeting, Viviana Lombrozo announced our Art Collaborative Special Project, and invited members to sign up to be involved. There were 24 sign-ups after the meeting, including people who volunteered to help with different aspects of this collaboration. This is important because we’re in this together, People, we need to SHARE the work involved for a maximum of pleasure! We are assuming that more members who were not at the meeting will want to be involved, as well, and are accepting new sign-ups for one month, till February 18th. This is good news, as the Project itself will be composed of large pages, 22” X 15”, each participant creating a page. The more people involved, the more pages, the more interesting the work! (If you’re interested in being involved, send an email to sandiegobookarts@gmail.com, putting Art Collaboration as the subject.)

There are two poems we are considering using, one a Moon Haiku series by SDBA resident poet, Diane Gage, the other “Pilgrim” by David Whyte. Participants will vote for one at the first meeting, March 1, 2015. Each completed page of art must include a piece of the chosen text, a letter, a word, a phrase. A bonus for involvement will be a free workshop on Gelli printing by graphic designer, Nancy Walter and/or veteran artist, Viviana Lombrozo. How each participating artist approaches their page will be up to the them, and any material or method may be used to convey what they intend. The print-making workshops are mostly to give each participant the same arrows in their quiver, to use, or not. The free workshop allows us to get to know each other better, as we join to make some- thing larger than ourselves.

We’re going to have two large group meetings during the process, making sure questions are answered and progress is being made. The final page will be due June 21st. Our plan is to have each of the original pages submitted professionally photographed and reproduced. The originals will be donated to SDBA, to be exhibited, have a case created, and sold to a collector as a fund-raiser. Each participant will end up with a complete set of photographs of the entered pages, and will then create a book structure of their choice containing all pages, these books to be a part of the ultimate (anticipated) exhibition. Additional copies of the completed books will be put together by Project volunteers, be sold as a fund-raising tool. We are also looking toward documenting our collaborative creative process to be published, optimally, in an appropriate magazine or journal. WITH pictures! Published, my Friends, published! Looks so good on the resume! Join us!

(Being involved in this Project is a member benefit. Participants must be current members of San Diego Book Arts.)

A Free lecture by Kumi Korf

February 13th, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Women's Museum of California
2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego 92106


Announcing Salon - UnFinished Object (UFO) in February

1 pm to 4 pm on Wednesday, February 4th, & 25th, 2015

Yes, folks you will have two opportunities in February 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 for both Salons in February. She 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.

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2015 Workshops

Hole in My Heart: Movable Blocks with 4 Small Booklets

There is still room in Kumi Korf's, Hole In My Heart Workshop: Movable Blocks with 4 Small Booklets on February 16 & 17th, 2015

Visit the Workshops page for the complete listing for the 2015 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.