Shows To See

Exhibitions serve a dual purpose of presenting art works to the community and offering a means of opening a conversation between the artist and the audience. Since its inaugural exhibition in 2003, San Diego Book Arts has presented 20 exhibitions in various locations in Southern California, including five national juried exhibitions and a traveling series of displays that visited community libraries throughout San Diego County.



San Diego Book Arts Collaborative Project: Postmark, San Diego

with PaperWorks Project:  What I Love About Tucson 

Postal History Foundation Library 

920 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719

November 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020

Opening Reception: Sun. Nov. 3


We are pleased to announce that our most recent collaborative project Postmark, San Diego will be joining PaperWorks, the Sonoran Collective for Paper & Book Artists, project What I Love About Tucson for a joint exhibit at the Postal History Foundation in Tucson.  This opportunity was coordinated by Krista Neis, a joint member of both SDBA and PaperWorks.


California Natives


Exhibition Dates: Nov. 11, 2018 - Jan. 5, 2019
Location: Front Porch Gallery
2903 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Here is a video of the exhibit

and here are a few photos from the opening.




January - February 2019 @ Point Loma Library

See Upcoming Events for details.

A Collection of 29 postcards created, mailed and recreated into artist books by members of San Diego Book Arts
Celebrating art, creativity, book making and San Diego! The work will be on display  January 8 - February 28, 2019.

Previous showings:

September 2018 @ Cardiff Library

San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery
7250 Mesa College Drive
(D101 directly across from LRC)

Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 19, 2018 5pm - 8pm

Note: Parking is free during the Opening Reception in Lot 10, which is closest to the Art Gallery. The most direct access is from Genesee Avenue onto Marlesta Drive and then enter the campus on the first right. Follow the entrance road to the right up the hill and around a curve to Lot 10.

An Exhibit Catalog is available for sale. 

Gallery hours are Tues, Thurs, Sat 11- 4pm. Evening hours on Thurs 4-8 pm and by appointment, by calling the school (619) 388-2829

Ann Schwartzwald

Ann Schwartzwald

Gretchen Hiegel

Gretchen Hiegel


Return Appearance

Over the Moon will be on display at Escondido Arts Partnership from April 7 to May 6, 2017. The original pages in their elegant clam shell will be shown along with other artist's books in an exhibition titled All About the Book, juried by SDBA member Viviana Lombrozo.  Also showing will be works by SDBA members Yvonne Perez-Collins, Helen Shafer Garcia, Viviana Lombrozo and Barbara Ruys.

Opening reception:
Saturday, May 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Escondido Arts Partnership
262 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido CA 92084

Collaborative Book Project

The extraordinary exhibition of Over the Moon, a collaborative effort spanned 2 years and involved 40 SDBA book makers. Responding to a selection of haiku by SDBA member Diane Gage, the participating artists each created a unique page, which conformed to size, paper, and some content guidelines. These works were photographed, reduced, and printed, giving each member the materials to create a unique binding of the images.  Original artwork was showcased as well as individual hand-bound artists' books.

The exhibition had its inaugural showing at the Mission Valley Library from July 5 to September 29, 2016.

For more information about Over the Moon, click here and scroll down the page.

Over the Moon

Opening Night at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, January 6, 2017


Annual Members' Exhibition

This fall 30 SDBA members showcased their work at the James Alan Rose Gallery of Frances Parker School in an exhibition titled If I Call It a Book.

The question:
If I call it a book, does that mean it is a book? What makes it so? Does it need to have pages? And what, exactly, counts as a page? Is it a piece of paper or can it be a piece of glass? A board? A box? Some other found object? To be a book, must it have text? Does it need images? Must there be a narrative?

The works in this exhibit reflected a plurality of contemporary methods and attitudes towards the question of what makes a book. Ultimately, a bookwork is judged by the vision it presents through its content,  its physical presence, and how they interact to create meaning. Each of the artworks binds together ideas, images, and structure to present the artist’s unique perspective. At its core, the book arts movement is about making books by hand.

Participating artists included Rhiannon Alpers, Elaine Antoniuk, Charlotte Bird, Britta Brice, Lark Burkhart, Linda Bussell, Judith Christensen, Mary Lynn Dominguez, Nancy L. Fisher, Gretchen Hiegel, Christina Larkin, Evelyn La Rosa, Viviana Lombrozo, Rhonda Luongo, Bhavna Mehta, Pamela Marrett, Laurel Moorhead, Yvonne Perez-Collins, Helen Petre, Gina Pisello, Kathy Przekopp, Janis Reeser, Al Rodriguez, Josie Rodriguez, Sibyl Rubottom, Barbara Ruys, Jim Stiven, Nancy Walter, and Shelley Watkins.



Earlier Exhibitions

2016       If I Call It a Book, Members' Exhibition, Rose Gallery at Francis Parker School, San Diego, CA

2016         Over the Moon, SDBA Collaborative Art Project, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA

2015         Cherchez La Femme, Members’ Exhibition, Women’s Museum of California, San Diego, CA

2014         SDBA Fifth National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Sue Ann Robinson, book artist and educator

2013         SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA

2013         SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA

2012         SDBA Fourth National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Carolee Campbell, Ninja Press

2011         SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA

2011         An Artist Trading Card ABC: A Collaborative Project, Dove Library, Carlsbad, CA

2010         Edge to Edge: Artists’ Books at the Japanese Friendship Garden, Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

2010         SDBA Third National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Kitty Maryatt, Director of the Scripps College Press

2009-12    LinC (Look in the Community) Traveling Exhibition, Benjamin/Allied Gardens, Cardiff by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Central Library, Clairemont, College-Rolando, North Clairemont, North University, Oceanside, Point Loma, Rancho Penasquitos, Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa, and Tierrasanta Branch Libraries, San Diego County, CA

2008         SDBA Second National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Erika Torri, Joan & Irwin Jacobs Executive Director Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

2008-09    SDBA Miniature Books, a traveling exhibition: Miniature Book Society Conclave, University of San Diego, Kensington Branch Library, San Diego and the International Printing Museum, Carson, CA

2007-08     cARTalog, a traveling exhibition: San Diego Public Library, Dove Library, Carlsbad, Love Library, San Diego State University

2006     SDBA First National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, La Jolla, CA, Juror: Lynda Claassen, director of UCSD’s Mandeville Special Collections Library

2006         SDBA Members’ Exhibition, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA

2005-06    Artists’ Books on a Japanese Theme, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego, CA

2004         San Diego to Santa Fe, Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA and Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003         The River, members’ exhibition at the Mission Valley Library, San Diego, CA and traveling to the Durango Arts Center, Colorado