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Monday, February 24, 2014


The Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) invites you to participate in its fifteenth annual exhibit to be held at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Bookworks XV will open on June 10, 2014, and run through September 7, 2014.

CBAS is seeking handmade, hand bound, unique and small edition artists' books, fine bindings and sculptural books, to portray a diverse and representational showing of the region's book arts. Bookworks XV is open to all CBAS members and non-member artists. CBAS makes every effort to include all submissions in the show. A digital catalog will be produced to accompany the exhibit.


To submit work send:
  • Two (2) copies of the completed entry form,
  • Your entry fee, and
  • Your book(s) to
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Genealogy & Local History Dept.
Attn: Jeanne Strauss-De Groote
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2071

If you (right) click on the Entry Form below and save it as a jpeg, you can print it out full size.

Books may be mailed or hand-delivered. You will receive an email confirmation that your work was received. Please DO NOT call the Library directly with any questions or concerns. All questions should be directed to CBAS at cbasinformation@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest and participation in Bookworks XV. CBAS appreciates your support and will be in touch regarding opportunities for artist tours of the exhibit.

Disclaimer: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Country is not responsible for any items loaned for exhibit. Any materials left at the Library more than four weeks after the exhibit closes may be disposed of by the Library. The Library is not responsible for theft or damage to items, nor does it carry insurance on exhibited items; insurance is the sole responsibility of the lender.

Note: Submission of Entry Form gives CBAS permission to photograph exhibited work for use in CBAS promotional publications and events.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Busy Hands, Talking Heads

On Saturday, February 8, the CBAS Study Group took on our most challenging book project to date—binding the exquisite corpse book TALKING HEADS. This collaborative effort was inspired by a visit to the Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. (See blog posts of 6/9/13 and 9/23/13.) Sixteen images and verses provided by members had been cut into three sections and then were assembled by members in this workshop.
Collage of images that appear in our book
A huge THANK YOU to Janice Kagermeier for the months of work in editing, planning, making prototypes, getting the printing done and problem solving with assistance from Margaret Rhein, Lou Kroner and Jo Diamantes.

To take a look at our book making process: