Call For Entries

NBSS Bookbinding Exhibit 2023

We are organizing another exhibit of the work of the North Bennet Street School Bookbinding community in the spring of 2023. We invite students, graduates, faculty, and advisors of the NBSS Bookbinding program to submit work in any of the categories listed below.

Please note that while our last exhibit featured exclusively fine binding/design binding, this time we are excited to showcase the broad skills of our community. This will be a juried exhibition with cash prizes, and all categories are eligible to win.

More details on the jury, the prizes, and other submission information will follow in the coming months.


Open to NBSS Bookbinding students, alumni, current/former faculty, and program advisors only.


Intent to Enter Begins

January 25, 2022

Deadline to Enter

September 1, 2022

Jury and Exhibit Dates Shared

September 2022

Ship or Deliver Bindings to NBSS

January 2023

Entries Due for Jury Selection

February 3, 2023

Exhibit Dates



Open choice. You may submit up to two bindings not previously exhibited.

We welcome entries in the following categories:

  • Fine/Design Binding
  • Artist Books
  • Repair/Conservation Treatments
  • Historic models and Period-Style Rebindings
  • Boxes and Enclosures
  • Wall hanging work/“Broadsides” (Calligraphy, Printing, Decorated Paper, etc.)

Please note that we understand that it is uncommon for objects in the repair/conservation treatment category to be available for exhibition, particularly if done for your institution. You are welcome to submit a treatment report with before and after documentation—it should be in an exhibit-friendly format such as a “poster.”


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To Submit

Please email Bookbinding Department Head, Jeff Altepeter, at to express your intent to enter. If you know your intended category of submission, please include that in your email, but that information is not mandatory at this time.

Please include the following information with your submissions:

  • Name, address, email, and phone number
  • Graduation year if applicable

Please submit by email or post to:

Jeffrey Altepeter
Bookbinding Department Head

North Bennet Street School
150 North Street
Boston, MA 02109

Delivery Details

Coming soon.

Deadline for Intent to Submit: Thursday, September 1, 2022
Deadline to Submit Bindings: Friday, February 3, 2023

Questions and submissions should all be addressed to Jeff (contact details above).