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The mission of San Diego Book Arts is to serve as an educational and creative resource for the community and to advance the book as a vital contemporary art form.

About Us

San Diego Book Arts is open to everyone interested in the art of the book and serves as an educational and creative resource for the community.

San Diego Book Arts is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 as an outgrowth of a book arts presentation sponsored by the Artists Guild at the San Diego Museum of Art. Its membership has grown to over 150 people from all walks of life. Widely known for the quality of its programs and the energy of its leadership, it includes artists, collectors, graphic designers, bookbinders, conservators, librarians, teachers and literacy instructors.

For its members, SDBA publishes a monthly newsletter (10 times a year) with local and national book arts information. It also provides opportunities for interaction such as meetings and collaborative projects.

Workshops, Lectures and Tours

Each year SDBA sponsors free public lectures, workshops given by internationally recognized book arts specialists, free members-only mini-workshops as well as tours to artists’ studios and special collections of artists books. As a member, you receive advance notice of the lectures and a discount on the price of workshops. These events offer opportunities to interact with other book artists, expand your knowledge of book arts and hone your technical skills.


SDBA has been fortunate in receiving enthusiastic support and recognition from local and national institutions, including the University of California San Diego, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, San Diego State University, the San Diego Public Library, the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, and the Durango Arts Center in Colorado. This generous cooperation enables SDBA to present a number of quality exhibitions each year. As a member, you may participate in the SDBA annual exhibition as well as other SDBA-sponsored exhibitions at both public venues and private galleries.

Special Events

Imagine pages of tortillas, gum or licorice! How about a whole book made of cotton candy? The increasingly popular Edible Book Tea, an International April Fool’s event is open to the public. As a member, you may combine your culinary and book arts skills to produce an extraordinary flight of fancy. Over the years, both the Sushi Performance Gallery, and the Mandeville Special Collections Library at UCSD Geisel Library have hosted this annual event.