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We're excited to kick off our public programming by participating in Bay View Gallery Night: one of Milwaukee's largest and most beloved celebrations of local art.  We'll be hosting a curated showcase of book and print work in our beautiful gallery and sales area on June 25th, 2021 from 5pm to 9pm.

Please join us: details will be posted shortly on our social media (

The call for show submissions is now closed: thank you to all who contributed. If you are a book or print artisan interested in showing your work with us in the future, please be in touch: we will continue to host this type of showcase ongoing.



Book art, Artists’ Books, and Traditional Print work


For this showcase we are looking for art in book-like form that goes beyond the everyday expectation of what a book is.  Book art celebrates the entire book as an object, format, and experience: more-so than just a simple container for information.


Artists’ books are not just books that contain art: more often they are one-off pieces, or made in small, limited editions.  They are typically produced by hand with artistic intent and materiality in mind, with many techniques used from the traditional to modern.  They can be in codex format, or other experimental or historic layouts.  These are the types of works we would love to see at Gallery Night this season. 


We’d also like to showcase hand-created print work made by the artist, with a focus on traditional print practices: letterpress, lithography, engraving, screen print, lino/woodcut, (etc.) or any combination thereof.  These may be gallery-hung items like prints and broadsides (framed or unframed), or items to be shelf or table displayed.  (In the case of the former please provide your own means of proper display.)  

If you have questions on whether your work is appropriate to submit for this show (or any other thoughts) please reach out to


Please submit up to three pieces for review using the form linked below, keeping the following deadlines and terms in mind. All or some of your work may be accepted due to space and other curatorial considerations.  We will be prioritizing local works (Milwaukee County), and seek a diversity of voices, experience levels, and mediums.


  • Submissions (this form) due Wednesday, June 2nd at 11:59pm.

  • Selected artists contacted by Friday, June 11th.

  • Work due to The Bindery by Friday, June 18th.

  • Bay View Gallery Night: Friday, June 25th, 5pm to 9pm

  • Work remains on display until Friday, July 2nd with official open viewing hours 6/28, 6/30 and 7/2 from 5pm to 7pm.  (Artists may feel free to work with us to schedule additional private viewings).


The Bindery is excited to display, sell, and promote your work, both in conjunction with Bay View Gallery Night, and via our own networks and community throughout the region.


A small (20%) commission fee will apply to any sales made via this showcase, in addition to processing fees for credit card transactions should the artist wish to accept them through our system.  This fee helps support our budding community center for book and print arts!  Please price your work accordingly.

The Bindery will provide proper labeling, lighting, display, promotion and payment processing for your work, along with appropriate high fives, congrats and smiles when your piece sells.  The gallery area will be staffed during BVGN as well as during additional viewing hours.  Artists are encouraged to arrange private viewing appointments with The Bindery.  Work is to remain on site until the end of open viewing hours on Friday, July 2nd.  Artists may remove it at that time or the following week.

The Bindery will follow proper precautions regarding covid-19 as suggested by the CDC and mandated by local government at the time of the showcase.

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