What is Printed Matter?

Founded by artists and artworkers in 1976, Printed Matter fosters the distribution, understanding and appreciation of artists' books and related publications. Printed Matter is one of the world's largest non-profit distributors of artists' books and offers many free programs and services to artists and the public, including our longrunning NY and LA Art Book Fairs. Printed Matter has two locations in NYC: our flagship location in Chelsea and our St Marks location in the East Village.

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What is the NY Art Book Fair?

Initiated in 2006, Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) is one of the leading international gatherings for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community. NYABF hosts exhibitors from around the world, including a broad range of artists and collectives, activists, small presses, institutions, galleries, antiquarian booksellers, and distributors. 

The event draws thousands of individuals each year, including students, artists, collectors, and book lovers. NYABF was held at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City from 2009 to 2019 and we’re deeply grateful for the institution's partnership and commitment for over a decade. In 2022, NYABF returned to 548 W 22nd St, the original location of the Fair in 2006 and 2007.

The 2024 edition of the Fair will return to this same venue, just a few blocks away from Printed Matter’s flagship store in Chelsea.

Who is eligible to apply?

Printed Matter’s Fairs strive to showcase a wide range and scope of artists’ books and publishers. Breadth in both the publication format and how you publish (e.g. collective, institutional, DIY, small press), as well as international representation and identity, are taken into consideration during the application review process. 

To be eligible to apply:
  1. You must publish, sell, and/or distribute art books or artists’ books.
  2. Your books must be available for sale, although you may include some free items (i.e. digital works, zines, stickers, etc.). 
  3. You must have a publishing practice, whether large or small in scope. We are looking for demonstrated dedication to bookmaking and an engaging catalog of published works. This Fair is generally not suitable for showcasing a single title or single book project.

How do I apply to the NY Art Book Fair?

Our application is on Submittable There is no fee to apply. You must create a free account to submit. Please make sure your account is connected to an active email address. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 29 at 11:59pm EST.

What makes a good application?

Your application should include:

  1. A clear and concise description of your practice or project. Please tell us what kind of work you make, what communities you’re a part of (if relevant to your practice), what past fairs or exhibitions you’ve participated in, and what makes your publication practice unique or special.
               We encourage applicants to emphasize new work and/or inventory, and share with us generous responses relating to their interest in participating. If you’re an exhibitor who has participated in many past Fairs, please be sure to share why you’d like to be a part of this one. In reviewing applications a variety of factors are considered in order to expand representation with a focus on identity, geography, scale of publishing operations, and through the welcoming of first-time exhibitors.

  2. Strong images or videos of your publications. You can upload up to 5 files. This can include images of groupings of books, individual books, spreads, detail shots, and photos of past art book fair presentations. Recommended JPG file size: 72ppi and no more than 1000px on the long side. Recommended MP4 length: 3-5min.

  3. Creative ideas for presentation. Give us a sense of how your books will be displayed. If you are applying for an exhibitor table with an accompanying wall, share how you’d like to use the space. You can also share details or anecdotes from past experiences tabling at book fairs and how this may shape your presentation for NYABF 2024.

  4. Feature artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, or related printed material. Again, NYABF 2024 is book focused. You are welcome to include other related media such as limited art editions, prints, apparel, performance, original artwork, etc., but these should not be foregrounded in your presentation.

When will I find out whether I’ve been accepted into the Fair?

The deadline for the NYABF 2024 application is Wednesday, November 29 at 11:59pm EST. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as participation is confirmed on a rolling basis, beginning in late December/early January. We appreciate your patience. Notifications will be sent to the e-mail address associated with the Submittable account. Please double check these settings.

Each Fair, we receive approximately 700–1,000 applications and we have space for about 300 exhibitors. If you are not accepted, please know that things may shift, and we do maintain a waitlist.

What happens if I’m not accepted into the Fair?

We recognize that Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs are a vital platform and anticipate receiving far more applications of merit than we will be able to accept. Printed Matter has an open submission policy to stock publications in our two stores. Please visit our website — we encourage you to still submit your publications for review

What is the fee structure for exhibiting at NYABF 2024?

NYABF 2024 estimated Exhibitor Fees:

  • Zine (4ft / 1.21m table) — $175
  • Zine with partial wall (4ft / 1.21m table) — $250
  • Single table without wall or partial wall (6ft / 1.82m table) — $600–$900
  • Single table with wall (6ft /1.82m table) — $1,200–$1,800
  • Gallery tables range from $2,700–$4,500
  • Two to three tables with wall (6ft /1.82m tables) —$2,700–$4,500
  • Project Space — $4,500–$6,500

Available spaces include 4’–18’ of table presentation space, both with and without a wall. Larger areas are available for Special Projects, and also include select furniture.

Fees include booth furniture, exhibitor badges, and inclusion in printed and online materials.

How are exhibitor fees determined?

Printed Matter is a non-profit organization. As is the case for all Printed Matter Art Book Fairs, fees will go directly toward the hard costs of this non-profit production. These include space rental, operations and staffing costs, and programming expenses—including honoraria for artists, speakers, and publishers.

Price ranges noted in the application are approximate. An exhibitor’s fee is determined by the size and location of presentation space, exhibitor category, and the scale of operation. The exhibitor fee does not include associated travel and lodging costs.

Are there opportunities for financial support?

1.    The Shannon Michael Cane Award grants four emerging first-time exhibitors (artists, artists' book publishers, or collectives in the early stages of their career) complimentary Fair participation, including an exhibitor table and modest stipend that may be applied towards travel, publication production costs, or other related expenses. This award does not apply to project spaces. To apply, please see details in the application. 

2.    The Volume Grant is a funding opportunity for BIPOC artists and publishers, launched at NYABF 2022. Applications are reviewed by the Fair team and a jury. Recipients will receive a complimentary table at the Fair, as well as an unrestricted stipend. We recognize the importance of redistribution as a crucial step towards meaningful representation and access. This grant supports the ongoing creative work happening in these communities through assistance with production, travel, and other necessary expenses. This award does not apply to project spaces. 
            This opportunity is for publishers in all stages and experience in publishing, and we hope to prioritize those who haven’t participated in our Fairs before. Applicants will be reviewed based on demonstrated need and merit. Details on how to apply can be found in the application. 

3.    If there are funding resources available through your government, universities, or other channels, we are happy to provide an official invitation letter from Printed Matter as well as discuss helping with other related paperwork.