This is a list of resources related to the book arts in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. It is not meant to be extensive, but we welcome any additions.
Book Arts Organizations
A national organization with a local chapter, the Chesapeake Chapter.
A local group of book enthusiasts who meet five times a year. Most meetings are not book art related, but there is typically at least one relevent lecture or event every year or so.
A national organization with a local chapter, the Potomac Chapter.
Book Arts Organizations Offering Public Courses
Offers workshops in letterpress printing and screen printing.
Offers workshops on book restoration, paper marbling, box making, and more throughout the year.
A non-profict located in Frederick, MD offering workshops on bookbinding, printmaking, photography, letterpress, and more throughout the year.
A non-profit dedicated to printmaking, paper making and bookmaking, located in Silver Spring, MD. Offers workshops, lectures, residency programs, equipment rentals, and more.
Offers courses related to the history of the book, printing, bibliography, illustration, artists’ books, and more. *Note: These are historical survey courses, not ‘how to’ classes and while they are open to the public, they do require an application.
Places to Purchase Book Arts Supplies
Bookmaking section features supplies for book artists.
Located in College Park, MD, the entire store is devoted to bookmaking supplies.
Located in Baltimore, MD, the store has a bookmaking section.
Book Arts Fairs
Hosted by Oak Knoll Books in Newcastle, DE and features private presses from around the country. It is held every other year in early October, with the next one in 2016.
Hosted by Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD and features book artists from around the country. It is held every other year in November, with the next one in 2016.
A fair for independent cartooning and comic arts. It is held yearly in Bethesda, MD, in September.
Features links to book arts-related websites, including educational opportunities, tutorials, professional organizations, and more.
Collection of artists’ books available to researchers for study and inspiration. To view an artist’s book, make an appointment directly with the individual branch of the Smithsonian.