No Coast presents: The Chicago Art Book Fair
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The annual Chicago Art Book Fair was founded by No Coast (Aay Preston-Myint and Alexander Valentine) in 2017. After our travels around the world to different art book fairs, collections, stores, galleries, and libraries, we wanted to bring our experiences of many, varied arts publishing events to Chicago. While Chicago is and has been home to many yearly convenings of print enthusiasts, this is the first following the “Art Book Fair” model that has spread to so many communities in recent years.
The Chicago Art Book Fair is an experiment in showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair features an international group of over 125 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers, with satellite programming and after parties. In our first year, we drew over 6,000 guests, connecting artists and publishers with each other and to a public audience, through programming, workshops, and of course through the temporary book market that serves as the fair's focal point and main gathering space. The Chicago Art Book Fair is free and open to the public, and convenes each November at the historic Chicago Athletic Association in the heart of downtown.
The Chicago Art Book Fair is mostly a labor of love supported generously by our dedicated volunteers, jurors, interns, and partner venues and organizations. Our directorial staff is: Imani Jackson, Aay Preston-Myint, Conor Stechschulte, and Alexander Valentine.
Applications typically open in April and close in June, with notifications in July/August after review by a peer jury.
Please check back here periodically or visit the Chicago Art Book Fair website for updates.