Salzberg Artist in Residency

Due to uncertainties posed by Tropical Storm Elsa, the postmark deadline is extended to July 9.

After a hiatus last year due to the uncertainties wrought by a global pandemic, the Jaffe Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce that applications for JCBA’s Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program for the 2021/2022 academic year are now being accepted. The residency has been retooled this year to offer flexibility in residency: you could be our next Salzberg Resident without leaving your home studio (wherever it may be).

Artists working in the book arts (and other media, too, as long as the creative project can be thought of as book arts related) are encouraged to apply. Poet and artist Helen M. Salzberg established the Salzberg Residency in 2011 to encourage artists from all over the world to come to JCBA to be inspired and to inspire. This year, the Salzberg Resident is not required to physically come to JCBA, but we do expect the inspiration aspects to continue.


Salzberg Resident responsibilities:
• Complete a creative project by August 6, 2022.
• Teach a virtual workshop through the JCBA Zoom platform during the course of the yearlong residency.


The Salzberg Resident receives a stipend of $8,000 (paid in two installments: $4,000 at the beginning of the residency; $4,000 upon completion). The Salzberg Resident is responsible for all expenses related to his or her creative project.


Anyone, anywhere, with the exception of students and employees of Florida Atlantic University.


The Salzberg Resident is expected to complete a Creative Project as a product of the residency. If the Creative Project is a one-of-a-kind artists’ book, the book will be given to JCBA for addition to the Jaffe Collection. If the project is an editioned one, one copy of the project will be given to JCBA for addition to the Jaffe Collection and a portion of the edition shall be given to JCBA for fundraising purposes. The percentage of the edition given by the Salzberg Resident to JCBA will be negotiated with each artist, based on the complexity of the project, but need not exceed ten percent of the edition (unless the artist desires to donate more of the edition to JCBA). We are open to all Creative Project ideas, but the project should include some aspect of the book arts. A limited edition book is a logical Creative Project, but we will gladly consider other projects that somehow incorporate paper or print or creative approaches to the book arts. We have a very broad definition of the Book at JCBA, and we welcome each artist's unique approach and perspective. If you think there's a connection, there probably is.


While so much about the upcoming academic year remains uncertain, we have decided to make this year's residency a virtual one, and the Salzberg Resident for 2021/2022 does not have an obligation to come to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. This presents an ideal opportunity for artists who have access to studio equipment where they are. Should JCBA be open, however, the Salzberg Resident would of course be welcome to come to JCBA and would have full use of our studios. Access is subject to the health & safety policies of Florida Atlantic University Libraries, which are guided by those of Florida Atlantic University and the CDC.


Please include:
• Completed application (download and print pdf here)
• Brief narrative of the creative project you envision
• Brief narrative of the workshop you plan to teach
• Current resume
• Any support materials you care to include (images, sketches, dummies, video, audio––support materials will not be returned)

All applications will be weighed equally by our panel, comprised of John Cutrone (Director, Jaffe Center for Book Arts), Victoria Thur (Head of Special Collections, FAU Libraries), and Jeanne Jaffe (Coordinator of International Programs, Jaffe Center for Book Arts). Your completed application packet must be sent via post to:

John Cutrone
Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program
Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Florida Atlantic University Libraries
777 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431


Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, July 6, 2021. All mail to FAU Libraries undergoes a quarantine process upon delivery. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application once the quarantine period is over and the application is received on the JCBA desk. (If you send your application on July 6, you should expect an email acknowledgment of receipt by the final week of July.) The board will make its decision for the awarding of the 2021/2022 Salzberg Residency by August 13, 2021.

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Helen M Salzburg, Arthur Jaffe, FAU Libraries