Call for Entries: Dreams, an International Juried Exhibition of Book Art

Dreams is Presented by 23 Sandy and the Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound

On view August 20-November 17, 2023, at the Collins Memorial Library, Tacoma, Washington

Call for Entries

Dreams allow us to experience worlds beyond borders, barriers, and binaries. They are narratives that grow out of our waking experiences into the fantastical, unexpected, and strange. Sometimes vivid, other times elusive, dreams can immerse us in hope and beauty. Their meaning and mechanics are a mystery. In dreams, we can encounter the impossible. This call for entries invites artists to submit book and paper art about the cognitive, sensory, and emotional nature of dreams, your personal dreams, or dreams you hold for others.


This exhibition is open to handmade book and paper arts and related works created as either an edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines, and broadsides are all encouraged.


Dreams will be juried by Jane Carlin, Library Director at the Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Sha Towers, Librarian and Associate Dean for Research & Engagement at the Baylor University Libraries, and Erin Mickelson, owner and director of 23 Sandy.

Deadline for Submissions

June 9, 2023, at 11:59 pm MDT; visit

Call For Submission: Westwart Bound II

Westward Bound II | August 17 – September 10, 2023

This is a national juried exhibition, open to artists at least 18 years of age. Eligible are artists’ book works either created by artists living/working in The American West or artists’ book works with content relevant to The American West.

Westward Bound II will be on view from August 17 – September 10, 2023 at Spark Gallery in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.

Important Dates

  • March 5, 2023: Online submissions open.
  • June 18, 2023: Deadline for submissions & payment to be received.
  • July 3, 2023: Announcement of accepted works via e-mail.
  • July 31, 2023: Deadline for work to be received by Abecedarian Artists’ Books.
  • August 17, 2023: First day of exhibit at Spark Gallery.
  • September 10, 2023: Last day of exhibit at Spark Gallery.
  • Week of September 11, 2023: Unsold work returned to artists.

Details about artists’ reception + other events TBA

Submit work at

Eligibility and Media

This exhibition is open to any artist 18 years of age or older. Artists living outside the United States should email prior to submission so that additional non-US exhibitor guidelines can be discussed.

Eligible are any artists’ book-works (editioned or unique) created by an artist working in The American West OR with content that relates to The American West.

What is The American West?

Virtually every part of the United States except the Eastern Seaboard has been “the West” at some point in American history, linked in popular imagination with the last frontier of American settlement. For purposes of this exhibition, The American West refers to that vast stretch of plains, mountains, and deserts west of the Mississippi and so includes states now considered the mid-west (such as the Dakotas, Kansas, Nebraska, and so forth).

Before submitting, please note that book works that are larger than 16 inches in any dimension when closed may be challenging to display fully open.

Please also note that the number of protective cases is limited – most works will be displayed on open pedestals or shelving.

Maximum of 2 works may be submitted per artist.

Selections will be made by Anna Bernhard, Director, Stanley G. Wold Resource Center and Library, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Anna is also Director and co-founder of CABIN (Center for Artists’ Books and Inclusive Narratives).


Entry fee for this exhibit is $18 for each submission. Full-time students and/or those identifying as BIPOC or LGBTQ can opt to pay a lesser fee of $12 for each submission.

You needn’t enter your submissions all at the same time. Submission for this exhibition is by file upload only.

Each book submission must include 2-6 images. Links to short videos showing the work are also encouraged.

Please send gallery quality images without background clutter or text. DO NOT send composite images or images with embedded text. If your work is accepted for exhibition, the images you submit, along with the text you provide will be used for print & digital publicity.

Please note that you will not be able to change any information submitted at time of entry, including the price, after the submission process.


It is expected that all work exhibited be for sale. The prices you submit during the submission process are the retail prices Abecedarian Artists’ Books will adhere to throughout the duration of the exhibition. Abecedarian retains a 40% commission on works sold by Abecedarian during and following the exhibit.


There will be an online catalog which will remain online during and after the exhibition.

Accepted Entries

Works must be delivered ready for installation/display. Curator reserves the right not to exhibit any work inaccurately represented by the digital entry, that arrives damaged, is not properly prepared for exhibition or is deemed too fragile for effective display


Book works will be exhibited on pedestals or shelving. On acceptance to the exhibition, a consignment agreement, insurance agreement and delivery guidelines will be sent to each participating artist, along with any additional information or updates.

Artists are advised to provide their own insurance coverage and will be asked to complete and return an insurance waiver.

Insurance in transit to and from Abecedarian Artists’ Books is the responsibility of the artist.

It is expected that submitting artists are not violating any stated or implied relationship with another gallery or dealer by submitting work for this exhibition and that the artist/creator of the work is not in violation of any copyright laws.


Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this prospectus. The artist agrees that images of selected artwork and the submitted text can be used by Abecedarian Artists’ Books and Spark Gallery for promotions and publications.

* Instructions for submission fee payment will be sent via e-mail on receipt of submission.

**Detailed image preparation and naming guidelines can be found on the online entry form.

Call for Entries: 2023/24 International Biennial for Paper Fibre Art

The National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) is pleased to announce the next biennial celebration of paper art: Beginning March 1, 2023, artists around the globe can apply to be a part of this truly international exhibition that will be featured in the halls of the NTCRI Campus from November 2023 through March 2024. With the support of the NTCRI, artists are invited to re-examine historic and contemporary paper art processes, exploring the material deeply and allowing it to speak on its own terms.

Artists are invited to submit recent works produced since 2021 that are closely aligned with the theme, Earth Speak: Giving Voice to Paper.

What is our fragile planet telling us?

What are the myths, images, and stories that will help us understand what is happening in this moment in time: good, bad, beautiful or unsightly?

What messages can be revealed that can help us see things differently ?

What can inspire us to become agents of change?

What are the messages we want to share with the future?

For more information:

Call for Entries: Anything Goes, July 7-15, 2023

Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild and Santa Fe Book Arts Group are having a joint show, “Anything Goes,” at the Tortuga Gallery in Albuquerque.

The show will be held Friday, July 7, through Saturday, July 15, 2023. The show is open to members in good standing only. This is a collaborative show and any member from either group is encouraged to enter. Click here to download the application.

APPLICATION: The deadline to submit application, photo, and NON-REFUNDABLE of $5 fee per piece is May 15, 2023. Each piece entered must be submitted with its own application, photo, and $5 fee. Any type of artwork that is made by a Libros/SF BAG member is allowed, not just artist’s books. All work must be made by the member. All entries will be reviewed by jury for appropriateness and size (due to space). There is no commission fee taken on the sale of any artwork; all sales will go directly to the artist. There is no limit to the quantity of pieces an artist can submit; however, if we get an overwhelming response and space becomes limited, we may have to put a limitation of quantity in place. If pieces submitted require a unique or specialized display prop then the artist needs to provide it. We would like to use the photos submitted for marketing purposes so, if you don’t want your photo used check the box on the form. Note: if any Libros/SF BAG member wants assistance in the application process (whether with photos, forms, or computer assistance), you may contact Susan Wright at or 678-899-0509 to receive help. We truly want all members to have the opportunity to submit.

In addition to works of art by members, we will allow some selling of materials such as handmade cards, hand-mixed paints or dyes, or handmade papers or packets of interesting ephemera, papers, etc. All materials must have professional-looking packaging. Each artist wanting to sell materials will pay a $5 fee and then a 10% commission on all sold items. Each type of item to be sold must have its own application. There is no commission taken on the sale of any art piece, only on material packets/cards.

We will have the ability to take credit card sales and any transaction fees will be deducted from the artist sales amount. All applicants will be responsible for paying their own gross receipts tax and responsible for reporting the income to the IRS. Libros and BAG take no responsibility for either item. There will be no tax added to the sales price at the gallery. So, sales price must include everything and the artist will be responsible for gross receipts tax (sales tax), income tax, and credit card fees. Send entry applications, photos, and fee to Susan Wright by mail or drop off to 4612 Eastern Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 to arrive no later than May 15, 2023. Make checks out to Susan Wright.

ARTWORK INTAKE: The intake of all artwork and materials to be sold will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2022 from 10 am to 12 noon. Artwork and materials must be dropped off during these hours or contact Susan Wright to make special arrangements. If you live out of the area and want to mail your entries in then send them to Susan Wright, 4612 Eastern Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 to arrive no later than July 1, 2023. Susan will make arrangements to get them back to you if unsold; shipping fees will be due once assessed.

SHOW HOURS: The opening reception of the show will be on Friday, June 7, 2023, from 4 pm to 7pm. The show will run through Saturday, July 15, 2023 during the hours of 11 am to 5 pm each day except for the last Saturday because we will take down the show starting at 4 pm on July 15.

OPENING RECEPTION: The opening reception will take place on Friday, July 7 from 4 to 7pm.

SHOW TAKEDOWN: All artists MUST pick up their unsold work/materials on Saturday, July 15, 2023, from 4 pm to 5 pm.

SITTING THE GALLERY: We will need a large team of gallery sitters comprised of the Libros/SF BAG members to sit the gallery all the hours the show is open. Please check the box below if you are willing to help sit the gallery.

LIABILITY: Libros, BAG, and Tortuga Gallery accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or theft of artwork submitted. However, we will be as diligent as possible in caring for the artwork. Libros, BAG, and Tortuga are also not responsible for any accidents. Receipt of your application assumes you agree to this policy.

2022 “Anything Goes” Challenge Monthly Themes

BAG President Linda Zwick has given us a challenge. Create a piece of art of any kind (no limitations on size or structure), send to friends and family if you like, and send a photo to (for posting on the website and social media, and inclusion in a likely future slideshow at a BAG membership meeting). The themes are just suggestions; create whatever suits your fancy!


January 30 is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.


February 8 is Hari-Kuyo in the Kanto region of Japan. It is the Buddhist and Shinto Festival of Broken Needles (celebrated in December in the Kyoto and Kansai regions) and is a memorial to sewing needles broken in their service during the past year. It is also an opportunity to pray for improved skills. Suggestion: Create something in honor of your favorite tool or tools or about your intentions to learn new skills of any kind.


March 18 is National Quilting Day. Suggestions: Create a quilted design, a quilted fabric block, a book containing quilted designs, or anything that incorporates the essence of a quilted item.


April 17 is International Haiku Poetry Day. Suggestion: Create one or more haiga, a style of Japanese painting that incorporates haiku, usually about nature or the natural world, with the painting more suggestive of the subject of the haiku rather than a direct image of that subject. Check out Matsuo Basho, a great master of haiku and haiga, if you are interested.


The second Saturday of May (in 2022, May 14) is World Collage Day, initiated by Kolaj Magazine in 2018. Celebrate collage this month!


June 8 is Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth anniversary. You likely know about his houses and his graphic designs for home furnishings and windows. But did you know that in 1927 Wright created 12 graphic designs based on seasonal themes that were projected to be the covers each month on Liberty Magazine the following year? Sadly, the magazine never used the designs he created, but you can find examples by searching the internet for Wright’s September Desert, December Gifts, The Flag, Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers, and May Basket. Suggestion: Using colored pencil as Wright did (or whatever tool you prefer), create an abstract design of a favorite object.


Alexander Calder’s birth anniversary is July 22. He is famous for both mobiles and what he termed stabiles. Suggestion: Create an engineered 3D artful object that interests you.


The second Wednesday of August (in 2022, August 10) is World Calligraphy Day. Calligraphy is art in written form. Suggestions: Practice calligraphy styles you know and love, create your own calligraphic alphabet, or play with an illuminated or doodled letter.


In Great Britain, Epilepsy Action designates an annual National Doodle Day to garner financial support for its efforts to improve the lives of those with epilepsy. In 2022, September 3 is designated as National Doodle Day. Suggestion: Create one or more doodles this month.


October 24 is the feast day of Saint Anthony Mary Claret. He is the patron saint of, among others, weavers. While many think of weaving as a yarn-based art, paper can be woven, too.


Georgia O’Keeffe’s birth anniversary is November 15. Many of us are familiar with her oeuvre. Suggestion: Create a piece of art in honor of O’Keeffe.


Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth anniversary is December 16. Suggestion: Create a piece of art with a component related to music.

Artist Trading Card and Rolodex Card Swap

Five Artist Trading Cards
Artist Trading Cards by (clockwise from top left) Cynthia Leespring, Joyce Wood, Ruth Anna Abigail, Julie Filatoff, and Elayne Karickhoff. Click image to enlarge.

Hey, BAG members! Let’s swap Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and Rolodex Cards (Rolos)!

  • ATCs are 2.5” x 3.5” (vertical or horizontal—your choice)
  • Standard Rolos are 4” wide x approximately 2.5” high (depends on the die you’re using, etc.)
  • Large Rolos are 5” wide x 3” high

Sign up by the last day of the month (i.e., March 31, 2022). Ruth Anna Abigail will put you in a group of 3 or 4 people, and you will make one card for each person in your group. Mail your cards so that they arrive before the end of the next month. You will get back cards from all over!

To sign up, email Ruth Anna at (please put BAG in the subject line) and indicate which cards you want to trade (one, two, or all three):

  • ATCs
  • Standard Rolos
  • Large Rolos