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Women's Studio Workshop

Women's Studio Workshop (WSW), in affiliation with Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, is pleased to unveil a brand-new opportunity: the BIMA Artist’s Book Residency Grant for Indigenous Artists. This is a 10-week residency for Indigenous artists to produce a limited-edition book work. Working intensively in Women's Studio Workshop’s Rosendale, NY studios, artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50.

Although their programmatic scope is broad, Women’s Studio Workshop is known for artists’ books. An early proponent of the medium, they have produced over 230 limited edition artists’ books since the publishing imprint began in 1979. Women's Studio Workshop’s artists’ books are held in over 200 collections worldwide. The publishing schedule includes 4-6 artist’s publications annually across three genres of focus, including handmade artists’ books, zines & print multiples, and their latest addition: research publications. These books can have a traditional book structure with a cover and sequential pages, they can be sculptural objects, or elaborately folded constructions. Hand printed and bound in the studios with the artist as the leading visionary for the project, the books are created onsite during the artist’s residency with artistic director Erin Zona and studio manager Chris Petrone overseeing the production process. The studio staff including interns work in support of all projects, as needed.

Pictured: Artwork by Stella Nall, 2022 Women's Studio Workshop grant recipient.

Pictured: Artwork by Stella Nall, 2022 Women's Studio Workshop grant recipient.

The BIMA Artist’s Book Residency Grant for Indigenous Artists includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $1000 for materials, full travel reimbursement, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. Women's Studio Workshop provides technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance. Artists who wish to be considered for this opportunity can find more information on WSW’s website. Applications will be accepted until November 15th, 2022. 

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The artists’ publications are chosen through an open application and panel selection process. All selection panels at Women's Studio Workshop include individuals from a diverse range of identity, experience, professional trajectory, and aesthetic perspective, and selection panels change annually. The open selection process is a vital element of WSW’s mission and has led to a publishing catalog that is innovative and dynamic. For those interested in learning more, artistic director Erin Zona will be holding a live virtual Q&A session about the artist’s book application process on September 22nd, 2022, at 7 p.m. EST. Register for this virtual event on WSW’s Eventbrite page.

Women's Studio Workshop (WSW) is a visual arts organization in Rosendale, New York. Since 1974, WSW has brought over 5,000 artists from across the globe to work in the printmaking, hand papermaking, letterpress printing, photography, book arts, and ceramics studios. Over 6,500 Ulster County youth have participated in WSW’s Art-in-Education program. Women's Studio Workshop’s artists’ book grant program has published more than 200 artists’ books, collected by special collections of major libraries and museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, and The Library of Congress, among others.

Women’s Studio Workshop programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Cowles Charitable Trust, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Agnes Gund, Klock Kingston Foundation, Ora Schneider Residency Grant, Sustainable Arts Foundation, Ulster Savings Bank, and Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is located a stone’s throw away from the ferry terminal in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is home to a growing Permanent Art Collection with a focus on artists and collections from the Puget Sound region. Since opening its LEED Gold certified building in 2013, BIMA has become the cultural living room for the local community. The Museum’s galleries, auditorium, Bistro, Store and plaza buzz with a variety of events covering the entire artistic spectrum.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s exhibitions feature recognized masters and emerging artists that are sure to leave you inspired by their striking work and thought-provoking themes. BIMA's Sherry Grover Gallery is the home of the Cynthia Sears Artist's Book Collection. With over 2,000 works in the collection (and growing), this special asset is one of the country's largest collections of Artists' Books. 

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