Rules & Regulations // 40th Anniversary Exhibition

40th Anniversary Exhibition

In May of 1966, a gathering of members from the Guild of Book Workers met in Boston at the home of Captain and Mrs. George M. Cunha. The president of the national Guild, Laura Young, began a discussion about how this informal group could retain an identity within the Guild.

Twelve years later the momentum of this group was still going strong. Largely Boston-centric, the members would meet to discuss techniques and supplies, help organize workshops within New England and to simply socialize to build the community. As the group spread to Vermont and Connecticut, it became very clear that this small faction could benefit from the support of the national Guild.

In 1980, the New England Regional Chapter was officially formed, giving them the full support and financial assistance from the Guild. This paved the way for the formation of other regional chapters.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the New England Chapter, a traveling exhibit of our member’s work will showcase the past and the present. Members are invited to submit all forms of book work (bindings, artist books, calligraphy, printmaking, paper making, etc). There is no theme for the show. We encourage members to submit work displaying their highest level of craftsmanship.

Entrants must be members of the Guild of Book Workers – New England Chapter and carry a membership throughout the entire run of the exhibition. Entrants are limited to one submission. Exhibition entry fee is $60.00 and is non-refundable. This fee will be used toward transporting items between venues and other promotional costs. Submitted works must have been created since 2017 and must not have been exhibited previously in a GBW show. An Intent to Enter form must be submitted in order to be provided a link to the online submission form.

Click here for the Intent to Enter form

Click here for the Submission form

Submissions will be accepted from September 1 to September 31, 2020. Works will be juried in person. Artists will be notified of selection in November 2020. Entries not selected for exhibition will be returned to the binders after judging. Please do not sign your binding and refrain from posting your work on social media prior to judging. Jurors will be Anne Bromer, Sam Ellenport, and Nancy Leavitt.

Protective Boxes
All work must be submitted in a sturdy, custom-fitted clamshell box. Broadsides must be framed and ready to hang – we require robust frames (metal preferred) and plexiglass (no glass).

Size Limitations
Books should be no larger than 18” x 18” and no thicker than 7.5”. Flat or two-dimensional work must be framed and no larger than 18” x 18”. We reserve the right to disqualify any work that becomes too difficult to display due to weight, fragility or size. We cannot accept any work that requires special attention, such as electricity or complex set-up.

We regret that there will not be insurance at the venues or special insurance for transporting from venue to venue. Please keep this in mind when submitting work for the exhibit. Transportation between venues and oversight of exhibition installation will be done by Guild members at each location. We have arranged for items to be in closed cases where available and work will not be handled by the general public. All works will be photographed and condition noted upon receipt.

All works selected by the jurors will be stored by a Guild member until a date for a physical exhibition can be determined. Items can be collected or shipped back to exhibitors at any time.

Exhibition Duration
The show will open Fall 2020 (online) and close the following year in Fall 2021. Once a work has been selected, it must remain in the show for the full duration. Participants should inform the Exhibitions Chair ( of any changes of address or other contact information while the show is in progress.

Entrants are asked to provide (1) a short bio, (2) a description of materials (3) length of your membership. These are due at the time of submission.
GBW and the New England Chapter, in conjunction with the associated venues, may use statements, biographies, and images of all accepted works for promotional purposes. This may include a catalog, online or printed, and posts to the Chapter’s social media accounts.

(due to COVID-19 some dates have changed from original timeline)
December 13, 2020 // Exhibition Announcement and Request for Intent to Enter
February 28, 2020 // Intent to Enter closes
April 30, 2020 // Confirmation of entrants and schedule, submission form and shipping details
September 2020 // Work delivered to Guild Member in Belmont, MA and form submitted through supplied link
November 2020 // Jury selections announced
Fall 2020 // Exhibition opens online
January 2022 // Work returned to the exhibitors one month after close of last venue

Exhibition Schedule
(due to COVID-19 exhibition schedule has been impacted)
Fall 2020 // Online Exhibit
More information regarding dates and venues to come