The Center for Book Arts

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Founded 1974
New York, United States


The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974 and still located in Manhattan, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world.

Local Information

The Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 11am to 6pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Class hours vary according to the course schedule. The Center is closed on Sundays. Admission is free. *Please note The Center will be closed Monday, August 26th through Monday, September 2nd. The Center welcomes all and makes every attempt to be a sanctuary space. Accessibility The Center’s building has an elevator, with a backup elector, which are both accessible from street level. Our galleries and studio space are wheelchair accessible with an ADA-compliant bathroom. Large type programs are available on request. Please call ahead if you have questions or special needs. Finding the Center The Center for Book Arts is located on the 3rd Floor of 28 West 27th Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway. Broadway is east of 6th Avenue in this neighborhood.

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