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Book Arts Baltimore @ MICA: Special Collections

Book Arts Baltimore (BAB) is an informal partnership among Baltimore institutions for the celebration of artists’ books and book arts, through exhibitions, courses, and programs offered in 2015–2017.

Books and Periodicals

See the Decker Library Tumblr for other examples from the Library's special collections. All are available to view in the Library by request at the Information Desk.

Artists Books in the Decker Library

Use this link to browse or search books in the collection:
Decker Library Book Arts Collection

Or follow these links for books with specific binding, materials, or formats; for example:

Accordion Folded

Boxes (containers)


Folded Books


Moveable Books

Perfect Binding

Piano Hinge Binding


Shaped Books


Design By the Book - Video Series

For this series, the New York Public Library partnered with the design blog Design*Sponge to invite five NYC–based artists to create works based upon visual materials from the library collections. The artists range from a glassblower to a letterpress printer, and all created unique works inspired by what they found with the help of Librarian Jessica Pigza. Each episode is under 10 minutes long.

Design by the Book - Series overview

Episode One - The 5 artists are introduced by Grace Bonney of Design Sponge and discuss their interests

Episode Two - The artists visit the NYPL to meet with Librarian Jessica Pigza to review materials she selected based upon their interests

Episode Three - Grace Bonney visits the artists in their studios to see work-in-progress

Episode Four - The Reveal - Grace Bonney visits artists to see works made based upon library materials

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

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