OPEN CALL: Printed Matter’s Emerging Artists Publication Series


Printed Matter is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a new Emerging Artists Publication Series. Five selected artists will work with the support of Printed Matter and a dedicated designer to realize individual projects. Books will be published in a loose serialized format and share a common dimension, spine and colophon, but the content will otherwise be left to the artist. This Emerging Artists Publication Series is made possible by the support of the Jerome Foundation, and is open to individuals with a legal address in the five boroughs of New York City.

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Submissions are open to emerging artists whose practice has demonstrated a commitment to experimentation within the artists’ book medium in unusual and exciting ways.

We would like to see proposals that give attention to the detailing of a strong concept, show an interest in process and technique, or that touch on the social, political, democratizing possibilities of the book as a form. We are interested in receiving projects we haven’t previously seen and that feel innovative to the artists’ book field.

Broadly speaking, Printed Matter is interested in publications that have been conceived as artworks in their own right, rather than books that document work created in another medium. Proposals should not be a conventional catalog of artworks, traditional artists’ monograph, chapbook, or other straightforward works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, as these fall outside our scope.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by a committee made up of Tauba Auerbach (Artist), David Senior (Bibliographer, MoMA Library), Garrick Gott (Consulting Design Director, Printed Matter) and James Jenkin (Executive Director, Printed Matter).

Selected artists will have the option of working with designer Garrick Gott, who is available to help ready artworks and files for print. He will also assist with logistical considerations for production, including questions around paper stock, printing process and binding, and ensure the completion of the project within budget.

In addition to aiding the production of the book, Printed Matter is committed to offering full organizational support for the project beyond the publication date. This will include a press announcement, a launch event, the opportunity for an in-store and window exhibition at Printed Matter, and wholesale/institutional offerings to bookstores and libraries, as well as other support (see below).


Your proposal should include work that best represents the intended project. Publications need not be in finished form, though we would like to see submissions that are carefully considered. While we have deliberately given some latitude, proposals should feel coherent and persuasively demonstrate to the panel how the project in formation will make a great book.

You might consider submitting the following at your discretion: a detailed project summary, examples of previous published or applicable work, images (with captions where appropriate), composed or found text, other source material and fragments. We ask that you please do not overwhelm the judges, and that your proposal focuses on quality and not quantity. Be sure to include contact information, including full name, address, telephone number, and email address.

All items should be sent as attachments in a single email to, with the subject line EMERGING ARTISTS_[YOUR NAME]. Emails should not exceed 10 MB.

Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of submissions, we will not be able to acknowledge the receipt of applications, and will only be able to notify selected applicants.

All book proposals must be sent by Monday, August 10, 2013. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered. Selected applicants will be notified by September 10, 2013 with the expectation that work on the first two scheduled projects will commence in the following weeks. The five books in the series will be published over the course of a year.

• $1,500 artist fee

• Printing and design costs paid (within project budget)

• Optional access to a designer, who will aid as needed in readying publication for print

• A launch event at Printed Matter or at our NY Art Book Fair or LA Art Book Fair, or possibly another major fair attended by the organization, including Frieze NY, Basel, Miami Basel, LA Contemporary, Independent, NADA, and Chicago Expo

• Press announcement of publication via Printed Matter’s social media

• Opportunity for in-store exhibition and window installation

• Inclusion in Printed Matter’s distribution program and offerings to libraries and institutions

Our goal is to define a modest identity component throughout the series, while maintaining the integrity of individual publications. Specifics will be discussed with selected applicants, but a few considerations include:
• A modest trim size (5 x 7 to 7 x 9 inches), which will be determined by Printed Matter and will be consistent for all publications in the series

• The edition size will be limited to 250-500 copies and we may need to adjust the print run for some publications to conform to budget

• A page count of approximately 64 pages or less, which can vary from publication to publication and may need to in some cases, in order to conform to budget

• An economical binding method, which may be limited as part of the series identity but would include only softcover formats such as perfect binding (cold glue) or saddle-stitched (stapled) binding. Hard cover books will not be within the budget parameters

• Paper choices may be limited to a menu but we will make available a variety of basic paper types. Extra thick, textured, or colored papers (mill orders) will most likely not be available, but we can, for instance, print solid color to simulate a colored paper, which often can be both cheaper and offer a wider latitude with matching your color selections

• Our goal will be to offer a variety of printing processes (offset or digital offset, risograph, and xerox, for instance) as well as the possibility of mixing processes or papers, but in the end, these considerations will need to be balanced by budget constraints for your publication and the series as a whole

• Limitations around the ink and printing process may be informed by the 5 projects as a whole, after we have chosen the submissions to be published. Full color (cmyk) printing will be an offering but every publication may not require this and keep in mind that mono or duotone printing may allow for other customization options with your publication. Custom ink colors such as metallics or fluorescents will be considered but may result in other trade-offs to conform to budget

Among the various non-profit services and activities provided to book artists, Printed Matter has a long history of working to support artists in the production of new books. The launch of the Emerging Artists Publication Series is one of three streams in a newly revised publishing effort that strives to offer new opportunities to a diversity of artists. A second branch will embrace works with a strong social or political conscience, including overlooked classics, and other projects that are important to the field of artists’ books as a whole. Lastly, the program will undertake a series of more ambitious projects aiming to showcase some of the exciting possibilities with regards to technical production of editioned book works, including our pop-up book with Tauba Auerbach, [2,3], and Sam Falls’ STUDIO SPACE PRINT / TIME.

Please note that outside of this particular call for submissions Printed Matter does not take unsolicited book proposals.


Printed Matter has received funding in support of our publishing activities from the following: Harpo Foundation, Furthermore Foundation, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, Gesso Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts and Individuals

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