Archive for May, 2009

The Next Question

May 24, 2009

To encourage a continued intellectual inquiry within the MAPC community we are introducing “The Next Question” segment to the Journal. Here we will pose a question to you, the reader, relating to the contextual theme of the next issue and invite your responses.

On Democracy and Printmaking
I would say that art is for the masses… we must bombard the masses with art.
-Emory Douglas, Art for the People’s Sake, Lecture at Fisk University, Oct. 2nd, 1972

In the fall/winter 2009/2010 issue of the MAPC Journal we will feature the theme, “On Democracy and Printmaking.”  In this upcoming issue we will explore ideas of politics, economics, and identity.

How do you define democracy and what, as an artist and printmaker, are you doing to help redefine and clarify your position?

Please post some of your own thoughts on the topic of “On Democracy and Printing” in this, The Next Question, section of the MAPC blog.

In addition, we would like to encourage you to consider “On Democracy and Printmaking” by submitting your own ideas for articles or reviews.  Please send an abstract or draft of your article to by Aug. 15th, 2009.  Please keep word count to approximately 1,000 words for articles/essays and 500 words for reviews.


Letters to the MAPC Journal Editors

May 24, 2009

MAPC Journal co-editors Mary Hood and Erik Waterkotte invite your feedback on the journal.  Please post your thoughts on the MAPC Journal here.
Beginning in the Fall/Winter 2009 issue of the journal we hope to print some of your feedback in a Letter to the Editors section.

Grabhorn Fellowship Application Due May 15

May 1, 2009

College Book Arts Association

Grabhorn Fellows

Each year, student members of the College Book Art Association have the unique opportunity to apply for the Grabhorn Fellows Program. Up  to a maximum of 12 students, undergraduate and graduate, will be selected to visit the widely-respected Arion Press for a week during which they will observe as a group the operations of the Press. The program is jointly sponsored by the CBAA and the nonprofit Grabhorn Institute. The M&H type foundry, letterpress shop (composing room and pressroom), and bindery operations will be explained in detail as current projects are executed. Presentations on project development, text selection, rights, editing, collaboration, design, typography, and other elements of publication will be made by members of the Press. Selections from the archives of over eighty Arion Press books will be viewed. In addition, visits will be arranged to the Logan Collection of Artist

Books at the Legion of Honor, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, and Special Collections at the San Francisco Public Library. Scholars (and/or their institutions) will provide transportation to San Francisco for the week’s visit. The Arion Press and the Grabhorn Foundation will provide lodging as well as most breakfasts and lunches.  Participants are expected to fund travel, dinners, and incidental expenses, including transportation from and to the airport. Participating students will be expected to mak presentations about their Grabhorn Fellows experience at their respective institutions during the semester following the visit.

Fellowship dates:
August 10-14, 2009

-Full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are current
members of CBAA
(2009 graduates are eligible)
-For membership information, go to

To apply, submit:
-A letter of intent addressing interest in book art/publishing

-Expectations of the Arion experience, and commitment to cover
travel expenses through personal resources or application to
institutional sources

-Letter of support/recommendation from a faculty member

-CV with all relevant course work and experience

-Portfolio of visual work or other supportive materials illustrating
experience in book art and/or related areas of study. Portfolio may
include a maximum of 10 images (book work shot from several
perspectives), academic papers, reports, interviews, publication
studies, exhibition curation, etc. A list of images must accompany
the portfolio.

All Materials must be:
-Submitted on a CD and saved in a single folder labeled with
entrant’s last name, portfolio in a single folder within the
entrant folder

-Accessible on both Mac and PC

-JPEGs, PDFs or Word documents only

-JPEGs maximum 300 dp/i and 10MB, labeled NAME-1.jpg, NAME-2.jpg,
etc. to match the image list provided. Image list must have title,
dimensions, media, date, edition, and other pertinent information.

Send CD with cover letter to:

Marnie Powers-Torrey
Book Arts Program
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

***Applications must be received by May 15.***

*Applicants will be notified via email on June 1.