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Upcoming Events

Members and Friends Event
Fisher Fine Arts Library
220 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Thursday, April 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us at Fisher Fine Arts Library, part of Penn Libraries, to explore the breadth of its collections, from historical rare books about landscape architecture to contemporary artist books to a Materials Library and a letterpress studio. Come to be inspired, and learn about an upcoming opportunity for a Book Artist in Residence at the library - a collaboration of Philadelphia Center for the Book and Common Press. Attendance is strongly encouraged for potential Artist-in-Residence applicants.

The Fisher Fine Arts Library supports study, teaching and research in contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban design. Text and image collections, in analog and digital form, have a global reach and concentrate on the arts of the western experience, Islam, South Asia and East Asia, from prehistory to the present.

Learn more about Fisher Fine Arts Library at, including Common Press at
Artists' Working Group
May 19, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 PM
RSVP Required.

PCB offers members a chance to join a critical community of artists and peers, approximately every other month, to share ideas and feedback about works in progress or in conception.

University of the Arts
333 S. Broad St., 6th floor Bindery

Call for workshop proposals
Deadline May 15, 2019
Visit our website for more information

Philadelphia Center for the Book (PCB) and the Art Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) are looking for artists to give book or paper workshops to run at the FLP’s Parkway Central Library during the school year 2019-2020.

Send your proposal to
Please include:
– Workshop Title
– Workshop Description
– Short Artist Bio including link to website if you have one
– Two images of what will be made in the workshop*
– Two preferred months for teaching
*Photos should run in a horizontal or landscape orientation, preferably with a 2:1 ratio (twice as wide as tall). 2160 x 1080 px is a recommended dimension.  Pictures can be file types JPEG, BMP, PNG, or GIF and between 500KB and 2MB.

Book Artist in Residence Program
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Book-Artist-in-Residence at Common Press in collaboration with Common Press
Deadline May 24, 2019

View website for more details
Book-Artist-in-Residence Application Form

Philadelphia Center for the Book and Common Press invite applications for a book arts residency, supporting the creation of a new artist book edition inspired by the collections of Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

The selected artist will be asked to create an edition of 10 or more bound artist books that incorporate letterpress printing, with five copies remaining with the sponsoring organizations. These five copies will become part of the archives and collections of Philadelphia Center for the Book, Common Press, Fisher Fine Arts Library, Kislak Center for Special Collections at University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and the Print and Picture Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia. An honorarium of $1,000 will go to the artist towards covering expenses.

For the timeline, application requirements and eligbility, please visit our website. Applications must be submitted online.
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