Boston University School of Visual Arts Hosts Artist’s Book Symposium


Boston University School of Visual Arts is delighted to announce Multiple formats: Contemporary Art Book Symposiuman event that weaves conversations related to artists ‘books and higher education, educational practices involving artists’ books, the defense of artists ‘rights and the distribution of artists’ books. Organized by Associate Professor Christopher Sleboda, co-founder of Draw Down Books and organizer of the Yale University Art Gallery Odds and Ends Art Book Fair, the symposium is intended to be an elastic and inclusive forum for discussions about the publishing of artist books, with particular emphasis on publishing by graphic designers, the use and creation of artist books in visual arts programs and other subjects of interest. The symposium – which is free and open to the public – aims to build community and strengthen creative networks, create a forum for sharing resources, and provide in-depth discussion on maintaining a practice that includes books of interest. ‘artist.

The symposium will be held February 25-26, 2022, with a main conference scheduled for Thursday evening February 24. The keynote speaker will be Sonel Breslav, Director of Fairs and Publishing for Printed Matter, Inc. An organizer and program director with over a decade of experience in production, editing and curation, Breslav is currently responsible for the development and production of the annual New York and Los Angeles Art Book Fairs. She is also the founder of Blonde Art Books (2012-2017) and the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair (BABZ Fair), an event that brought together over a hundred small press publishers and individual artists from 2013 to 2017.

The symposium is sponsored by the Boston University School of Visual Arts. The BU School of Visual Arts comprises graduate and undergraduate degree programs, with programs comprising graphic design, painting, sculpture, and art education. Two new programs – an MFA in Visual Storytelling and an MFA in Print Media and Photography – will launch in fall 2022.

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Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, students have immediate access to the Hessel Museum of Art and the CCS Bard Library and Archives. Apply before February 1, 2022.


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