JCBA’s Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program is back and better than ever with a new increased stipend, a full academic year to complete your creative project, and a flexible residency schedule!

The Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program funds a working residency for one artist each academic year at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. 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 AIR Program in 2011 to encourage artists from all over the world to come to JCBA to be inspired and to inspire. Please note that students and employees of Florida Atlantic University are not eligible to apply.


Salzberg Resident responsibilities:
• Complete a creative project by August 6, 2019.
• Teach a workshop at JCBA.
• Mentor students as his or her schedule allows.
• Spend a minimum of 30 days in residence at JCBA throughout the course of the academic year.


Salzberg Resident receives:
• An office at JCBA.
• Full use of JCBA studios and equipment.
• Access to office and studios during open hours of the Wimberly Library.
• 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: transportation, housing, parking, meals, and materials for his or her creative project and any other creative projects that come about as a result of the residency. JCBA will provide materials for the artist’s workshop.


The Salzberg Resident is expected to complete a Creative Project as a product of the residency at JCBA. 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.


The Salzberg Resident will teach a workshop, and depending on the nature of the workshop, it may be one that meets for one or two intensive days or it may be one that meets over several sessions. The workshop would most likely be one that covers some aspect of the book arts in handmade paper, paper decoration, print or binding, but again, we are open to other concepts, too.


JCBA studios will be open and available for the Salzberg Resident's use and for the workshop taught by the AIR. The Letterpress Studio includes two Vandercook 4 proof presses, a Potter proof press, a Wesel Washington style iron handpress, a small platen press and a hand operated guillotine, as well as a growing collection of metal and wood types. The Bindery includes board shears, Kutrimmer paper cutter, job backer, various book presses (including five nipping presses and two smaller versions of standing presses), a sewing frame, finishing presses, foil stampers with type, and various tools for tooling, as well as a Timothy Moore Signature Punch. The Paper Lab includes a Renna Hollander beater, two large vats, a horizontal drying system and a vacuum table, and moulds and deckles and felts.


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), Jeff Sundquist (Assistant Dean for Research & Collections, FAU Libraries), and Jeanne Jaffe (Coordinator of International Programs, Jaffe Center for Book Arts). Deliver your completed application packet or send 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


The deadline for applications is Monday, August 20, 2018. Completed applications and support materials must be received by 4 PM that day. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. The board will make its decision for the 2018/2019 Salzberg Residency by August 29, 2018.

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