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Caxton Club Grants: 32 Awards and over $50,000 since 2002

Calls for entry for:

• graduate students in the Midwest
• undergraduate students at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
• Rare Book School students in the Midwest

Read about the grant committee and Caxton Club Grants:

Grant Committee Gears Up for Increased Role: More grants, new kinds of grants, and additional outreach are all in the cards” by Lisa Pevtzow in the August issue (PDF) of The Caxtonian.

Since 2002, the Caxton Club has awarded thirty-two recipients with grants totaling over $50,000.

The Club, founded in 1895 in Chicago, is devoted to the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books.

For the 2015-16 academic year, Caxton Club grants are being offered to Midwestern graduate students with projects in the following areas: bibliography, book arts, history of the book, library studies, print culture studies, and zines. There are also grants available for undergraduates completing book projects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and early career Rare Book School attendees.

Download these calls for entry as a PDF.

Download the 2015-2016 grants poster as a PDF.

Download the 2015-2016 grants press releases as a PDF.

Caxton Club Grants

Call for Entry 2015-2016

For Graduate students in the Midwest with projects in Bibliography, Book arts, History of the book, Library studies, Print culture studies, and Zines

Deadline: October 1, 2015

The Caxton Club, an organization devoted to “the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books,” announces its annual grants for expenses of up to $2,500 (each) for book-related projects to be completed during academic year 2015-2016. Grants totaling up to $10,000 will be awarded. The grant will cover expenses, such as travel, materials, and tuition fees.

I. Eligibility. Applicants must be enrolled in a Midwestern (Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and North and South Dakota) graduate program with a project in one of the following areas:

Bibliography
Book arts
History of the book
Library studies/Print culture studies
Zines

Library workers and other professionals seeking additional training in the above fields are encouraged to apply.

II. Applicants must supply a brief (1-page) statement of interest providing the title, description, and relevance of the project to the Caxton Club’s mission.

Applicants must also include:

Detailed budget
Resume or CV
Contact information for applicant including phone, address, and e-mail

Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or direct supervisory staff addressing the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed project successfully must be submitted with completed application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials, including actual samples of work, supporting the grant. All samples and past work will be returned to the Applicant by the Caxton Club after October 22, 2015.

III. Judging. Criteria for judging will include:

The experience and training of the applicant as it relates to their ability to undertake the proposed project, and the importance of the proposed project to advancing the mission of the Caxton Club.

IV. Deadline October 1, 2015. (Applications materials postmarked, hand delivered, or sent electronically)
Award letters will be sent within 5 working days after October 15, 2015, upon confirmation of winners by the Caxton Club Council.

V. Winners will be invited to the November 2015 Caxton Club dinner meeting to receive their award and to meet Club members. In addition to the monetary award, winners receive a one year membership in the Caxton Club.

VI. Send paper applications and supporting samples to:

The Caxton Club
c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
ATTN: Grants Committee

E-mail electronic application materials to grantapp@caxtonclub.org.

Direct questions to Martha Chiplis at mchiplis@gmail.com.

New Caxton Club Grants

Call for Entry 2015-2016

For a School of the Art Institute of Chicago undergraduate student with a Project in Book Arts

Deadline: October 1, 2015

The Caxton Club, an organization devoted to “the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books,” announces a grant for expenses of up to $1,000 for a book art project to be completed during academic year 2015-2016. The grant will cover expenses, such as travel, materials, and tuition fees.

The Caxton Club SAIC grant was inspired by recent club president Susan Hanes in memory of Justyna Palka, a SAIC student who died in a tragic accident soon after graduation. This is the first time the club is offering the grant.

“I am gratified that this grant will help a deserving student in the Book Arts while honoring the memory of SAIC design graduate Justyna Palka, an exceptionally talented young woman.” said Ms. Hanes.

This grant will continue the longstanding bond between the Caxton Club and SAIC—the Club had quarters at the AIC from 1897 to 1899 and held its first exhibition there—and will promote and support book arts by undergraduates at the school.

I. Eligibility. Applicants must be enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago undergraduate program.

II. Applicants must supply a brief (1-page) statement of interest providing the title, description, and relevance of the project to the Caxton Club’s mission.

Applicants must also include:

Detailed budget
Resume
Contact information for applicant including phone, address, and e-mail

Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or direct supervisory staff addressing the applicant’s ability to complete the proposed project successfully must be submitted with completed application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit materials, including actual samples of work, supporting the grant. All samples and past work will be returned to the Applicant by the Caxton Club after October 22, 2015.

III. Judging. Criteria for judging will include:

The experience and training of the applicant as it relates to their ability to undertake the proposed project, and the importance of the proposed project to advancing the mission of the Caxton Club.

IV. Deadline October 1, 2015. (Applications materials postmarked, hand delivered, or sent electronically.) Award letters will be sent within 5 working days after October 15, 2015, upon confirmation of winner by the Caxton Club Council.

V. Winner will be invited to the November 2015 Caxton Club dinner meeting to receive their award and to meet Club members. In addition to the monetary award, winner receives a one year membership in the Caxton Club.

VI. Send paper applications and supporting samples to:

The Caxton Club
c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
ATTN: Grants Committee

E-mail electronic application materials to grantapp@caxtonclub.org.

Direct questions to Martha Chiplis at mchiplis@gmail.com.

New Caxton Club Rare Book School Scholarship

For Rare Book School Students in the Midwest

The Caxton Club an organization devoted to “the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books,” announces a $2,500 scholarship for a deserving, talented individual in the Midwest with professional interests in bibliography, book history, or book arts, to attend a course at Rare Book School.

The successful applicant must live in one of the following states: Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, North or South Dakota. The award will go toward tuition for one class and housing. Intended for a first time RBS attendee and resident of the Midwest, preference will be given to those in early career who are ineligible for funding or financial aid through their places of employment.

RBS scholarship applications will be available early September, 2015 and must be submitted by October 30, 2015.

The Caxton Club Rare Book School Scholarship will be granted through the RBS Scholarship Committee, which comprises six individuals from varying professional backgrounds in the book world.

Scholarship applications are due each October, selected in the fall, and take effect in January. Scholarship recipients must claim their award within two years, for example scholarships awarded in December 2015 must be redeemed by December 31, 2017.

Caxton Club Grant Recipients

2014-15

Hannah Batsel

Columbia College Chicago, MFA Interdisciplinary Arts candidate, Book and Paper Program

Keith Graham

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, MFA Candidate in Printmaking

Candida Pagan

University of Iowa, MFA candidate in Book Arts

Radha Pandey

University of Iowa, MFA candidate in Book Arts

Matt Runkle

University of Iowa, MFA candidate in Book Arts

2013-14

Heather Buechler

2015 MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts

Anne Covell

2014 MFA candidate in Book Arts at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa

Pamela Olson

2014 MFA candidate in Book Arts at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa

Clare Jones

MFA candidate in Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts at the University of Iowa

Greta Smith

PhD candidate in English at Miami University, Ohio

Caxton Club Scholarship Recipients

2012-13

Alex Borgen, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago

Jamie Weaver, Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago

2011-12

Christopher Saclolo, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2010-11

Jana Sim, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Ashley Hairston, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Linda M. Brocato, University of Illinois

2009-10

Kelly Parsell, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2008-09

Teresa Pankratz, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts
Daniel Mellis, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2007-08

Amy Jacobs, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Drew Luan Matott, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

John Vincler, Newberry Library and University of Illinois

2006-2007

Jenny Kim, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Mark Moroney, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2005-2006

Sara Otto, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Aimee Lee, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2004-2005

Ben Blount, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Mardy Sears, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2003-2004

Kerri Cushman, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Elisabeth Long, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

2002-2003

Emily Reiser, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts

Jill Summers, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts