The Assignment
A Juried Exhibition of Book Arts Organized in Conjunction with the Meeting of the College Book Art Association in Portland, Oregon

December 4, 2009 - January 9, 2010
23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

THEME – 23 Sandy Gallery and the College Book Art Association (CBAA) invite you to submit work to The Assignment, a juried book arts exhibition held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the CBAA in Portland, Oregon. To illuminate the conference’s focus on book arts teaching practice and pedagogy, this exhibition will feature work created by member artists generated directly from course assignments or from those assignments we generate for ourselves. This show is open to both teachers and students of the book arts. Work accepted into the show will be exhibited alongside a written description of the assignment. Non-members are welcome to submit work if they pay the membership fee on top of the entry fee. See the Assignment: Inspiration page for some exciting sample assignment ideas.

MEDIA - This exhibit is open to book arts related artworks created as either edition or one-of-a-kind. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zones or broadsides are encouraged. Any medium, any style, any size. Wall-hung work must be framed behind acrylic (not glass) and ready to hang.

JURORS - The Assignment will be juried by Macy Chadwick and Clifton Meador.

Macy Chadwick is an instructor at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. She is also the proprietress of In Cahoots Press, Oakland, California.

Clifton Meador is associate professor and director of the M.F.A. program in book and paper at Columbia College in Chicago. He is also the editor of the Journal of Artist Books.

CASH PRIZES & AWARDS - One book will be awarded the “Purchase Prize” and will be purchased and donated to the John Wilson Special Collection Room at the Multnomah County Library in Portland. In addition, the CBAA will give two $200 cash awards and several honorary awards will be given by the jurors.

ONLINE CATALOG - 23 Sandy Gallery and the CBAA will publish a complete online catalog illustrating this exhibition. The online catalog will include one photo of each work juried into the show plus the assignment description, an artist statement and artist biography.

EXHIBITION DISPLAY - This exhibition will be displayed at 23 Sandy Gallery. We feel very strongly that artist books need to be handled to be fully appreciated. Handi-Wipes and a viewing table will be provided for customers wishing to experience the entire book. All customer viewings will be supervised. No enclosed cases will be available, but the Gallery will be staffed at all times. If your book is an edition you are welcome to send a display copy. We will contact you for shipping of a fresh copy for any sales.

SALES - All work entered in this exhibition must be for sale and are sold on consignment. The Gallery keeps 30% of the sale price. The artist receives 70% of the sale price. Sale proceeds will be paid to the artist within 30 days of the close of the show.

ENTRIES - A maximum of two artworks may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received online no later than OCTOBER 24, 2009. Artists accepted for the exhibition will be notified via email. The curators reserve the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality are other than represented in the electronic entry.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOUR WORK - You may submit up to four photographs for each piece you are entering in this show. We are well aware that artist books are very difficult to photograph well, but it can be done. You might consider hiring a professional photographer to shoot your photographs. Remember, your photographs will be used not only for jurying the show, but they will also remain on the online catalog for over a year. Put your best foot forward as you never know who might notice your artwork.

PREPARING YOUR IMAGES FOR ENTRY – You may submit up to four views each of your two books submitted. Name your files as yourlastname-1-a.jpg, yourlastname-1-b.jpg, yourlastname-1-c.jpg, yourlastname-2-a.jpg, etc. Your last name is followed by the artwork number, which corresponds with the entry number on the online entry form. The a, b, c or d letter are the additional views. You could be submitting up to eight images total. Please submit JPG images. All JPGs must be 72 ppi sized to 1000 pixels in the longest direction.

TO SUBMIT ONLINE - Online submissions are fast and easy! Find our online entry form link at the bottom of this page.

FEES - A $25 non-refundable entry fee for up to two works must accompany each submission. When entering online you will pay via Paypal or any major credit card. You will also have the option to pay CBAA membership fees at the same time. The Entry Form will have complete instructions.

SHIPPING – All artwork accepted into this show will ship to 23 Sandy Gallery. All shipping and shipping insurance costs to and from the Gallery are the responsibility of the artist and complete instructions will be provided upon acceptance into the show.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS - Artists residing outside of the United States are welcome to enter this exhibition. The exhibition entry fee of $25 must be paid in US funds. Return shipping of all artwork will be handled via the carrier of your choice but you must provide pre-paid, ready-to-ship shipping labels and customs documents.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE – The Gallery is insured and shall be responsible for the safekeeping of all consigned artwork while in Gallery’s possession. The Gallery shall be strictly liable to the artist for their loss or damage (except for loss due to earthquake, flood or damage resulting from flaws inherent in the artwork), to the full value artist would have received from Gallery if the artwork had been sold.

AGREEMENT - By submitting to this show, the artist agrees that images of selected artworks can be used to promote the show including publicity, catalogs and web site promotions. Copyright credit will be given to the artist. Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this Call for Entries and the Entry Form.

THE BORING, BUT NECESSARY LEGAL STUFF - Representations and Warranties of Artist. Artist hereby represents and warrants to The Sponsors of this exhibition, 23 Sandy Gallery and the College Book Arts Association (hereafter noted as The Sponsors) that she or he is the creator of the Artwork; and is the owner of all rights to the Artwork and their use as granted to The Sponsors in this Agreement, and has not assigned, pledged or otherwise encumbered the same; that the Artwork is original; and she or he has the full power to enter into this agreement and to make the grants herein contained. Artist further warrants that the Artwork does not, in whole or in part, infringe upon any copyright or violate any right to privacy or other personal or property right whatsoever, and does not contain any matter of a libelous or scandalous nature and/or any matter otherwise contrary to law. Artist hereby agrees to indemnify and hold The Sponsors harmless from any and all claims, including but not limited to, all third party claims, demands, suits, actions, judgments, losses, costs, damages (direct, indirect or consequential), attorney’s fees and expenses The Sponsors might sustain or incur as a result of The Sponsor’s participation in this Agreement.

OCTOBER 24, 2009 - Deadline for Submissions
NOVEMBER 9, 2009 - Announcement of Accepted Entries
NOVEMBER 23, 2009 - Artwork Due at Gallery
DECEMER 4, 2009 - Exhibition Opens
DECEMBER 4, 2009 - First Friday Opening Reception, 6-9pm.
JANUARY 9, 2010 - Exhibition closes and unsold artwork will be returned or held for pickup.

Email: 23sandygallery@gmail
Phone: 503-927-4409

ONLINE ENTRY FORM - Once you have read all of the information on this page you may submit online using our Online Entry Form.

Thank you for your interest in The Assignment.
We look forward to seeing your work.