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Candor Arts is a Chicago-based resource for the design and production of artist books.

 
 
 
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Working with Candor Arts

 
 
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Design & Production

We design, print, construct, and produce commissioned projects on a rolling basis. We are often asked to do things we have never done, and are excited to receive all types of new project requests.

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Opportunities in Publishing

We publish books about life, learning and healing. Our process for publishing begins with artists submitting a proposal to be reviewed by our selection committee. These projects are designed by Candor Arts and funded jointly by us and the artist.

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Learning with Candor Arts

 
 

Courses

Running two at a time, our courses are conducted as project-based intensives. The entire Candor Arts staff teaches and mentors throughout, and helps each participant develop their project as well as give them the tools to complete it.

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Residencies

We offer two residency programs: the annual Reading Residency in collaboration with The Liminal in Valencia, Spain, as well as ongoing Book Arts Residencies available in 1-week, 2-week, and 4-week sessions.

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Open Library

Every Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm, come in, relax, and spend time with books.

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Lectures

Coming soon: A series of public conversations that explore individual narratives of living and working in the arts. Providing context to how each person became who they are today, these talks are intended to highlight the paths they’ve taken.

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Our Story

In communication with new clients and artists, we often find that the scale and scope of our company is interpreted to be much larger or much different from what it actually is.

Candor Arts is a small business that began in a spare bedroom, now resides in its fifth location, and is in its third year of existence. Intending to be a point of clarity regarding who we are and how we got here, we chronicled our full story for you.

 
 
 
 
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Cecil McDonald, Jr. speaking beside collaborators avery r. young (far left) and Tempestt Hazel (far right) for the release of   In the Company of Black     hosted at Filter Photo.

Cecil McDonald, Jr. speaking beside collaborators avery r. young (far left) and Tempestt Hazel (far right) for the release of In the Company of Black hosted at Filter Photo.

 

Our Network

In this map below, you can see the libraries, special collections, and bookstores that have acquired our work (in red), as well as our co-publishing partners (in yellow), and people we have collaborated with on an event or program (in green).

 
 
 

Our Team

Candor Arts is run by four artists who make nearly everything by hand in our studio.

 
 
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