Book Arts Residency



Apply noW: residencies Start January 2020.

The Book Arts Residency is a program providing resources to artists engaged in book arts—

utilizing the Candor Arts studio, equipment, resources, and community.


  • Applicants select from one-week, two-week, and four-week sessions.

  • Applications are reviewed by the Candor Arts staff and scheduled on a rolling basis.

  • To apply: send us an e-mail with a letter of intent and a link to your work.


  • Have some experience in book arts.

  • Have a project in mind that you would like to work on.

  • Be respectful and open to people you interact with.

  • Fee Payment: 7 days ($250), 14 days ($500), 30 days ($1,000)—payments can be split in two (registration + before first day)

  • Optional: Residents are encouraged to host a talk, lecture, or workshop of their choice before the conclusion of their residency.

Candor Arts provides the following to studio residents:

  • 24/7 access to our spacious bookbinding studio in Chicago (with limited equipment usage/need for patience during work hours.)

    • Board shear (45” blade)

    • Paper guillotine (19.5” maximum trim length)

    • Two Kensol hot foil stampers (plate sizes 6.25 x 8.25” and 7.5 x 11”)

    • Small Kingsley hot foil stamper (plate size 1.5 x 3”)

    • Three nipping presses

    • Challenge Drill Press with array of hollow bit sizes

    • Epson SureColor P5000 inkjet printer

    • Risograph RZ390UI printer (with bright red, medium blue, and black drums)

    • Access to general supplies (book board, assorted bookcloths, PVA glue, foil, sewing and binding tools, etc.)

  • We share a building with Spudnik Press Cooperative (a community traditional printing studio with letterpress, etching, riso, and screen printing capability) and LATITUDE Chicago (a community photo digital lab.) We are happy to help residents navigate our printing and publishing community.

  • Residents are responsible for funding and providing any additional supplies for their projects, but may request assistance in ordering supplies from our vendors prior to, or during, their residences.

  • Advice, help, and mentorship from our team. Equipment training is available for a small fee.

  • The Candor Arts team takes you out for lunch one of the days of your residency.

  • One flat file and work station for the duration of the residency.

  • Out-of-town residents may find their own accommodations or utilize Candor’s Reading Residency space: a third-floor Logan Square apartment with bedroom, living room, and kitchen for $350 per week (only available for 1-week and 2-week residencies).

  • Candor is unable to provide a travel stipend to out-of-town residents, but we encourage applicants to apply for outside funding to assist with their journey to and from Chicago.


    Please do not hesitate to ask any questions if you have them.