CURRENT Books will showcase high-quality works by small art book publishers, artists, and artist collectives who produce print media including artists' books, monographs, and zines. CURRENT Books will highlight regional makers from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina, and give them a platform to exhibit and sell their work. The event cultivates awareness of arts-related publishing by featuring the full spectrum of creative production found at the intersection of art and publishing. CURRENT will return to its original neighborhood in Scott’s Addition for the inaugural edition of CURRENT Books on March 31, 2018, in Studio Two Three's special event space. Join us to connect with and buy directly from artists and small publishers.
Download the Exhibitor Prospectus
The event will be paired with special programming throughout the week, including live podcast recordings, a panel talk, and Studio Two Three workshops. A panel talk, moderated by Don Russell, will take place the evening of March 30th. Russell is the Executive Director of Provisions Library, a research center for arts and social change based out of George Mason University.
A CURRENT Books Preview Brunch ($5) will be held 11 am - noon on March 31 with pastries, mimosas, and the first opportunity to meet the exhibitors and purchase books. A cash bar benefiting Studio Two Three will run throughout the day during free general admission from noon - 8 pm and food trucks will be parked in the Studio Two Three back patio. Visitors are invited to take a break in the reading room where they can be the live audience for recordings of Paper Cuts, a podcast focusing on the world of DIY publishing hosted by Christopher Kardambikis, and LookSEE, a Richmond-based art podcast hosted by Paige Goodpasture. An after party will take place from 8 - 10 pm on-site at Studio Two Three.
Friday, March 30
7 - 9 pm Panel Talk: Publishing as Curation (free)
Saturday, March 31
11 am - 12pm Preview Brunch ($5)
12pm - 8 pm General Admission (free)
8pm - 10 pm S23 After Party (cash bar)
2018 HOST COMMITTEE
Ted Elmore, President, BridgePark RVA
Sukenya Best, Instructor in Fine Arts, Virginia Union University
Kerri Cushman, Professor, Book Arts, Longwood University
Jonathan Lee, Creator/Curator, Curriculum Lab
Lauren Ross, Founder, RVA Critical Writing Program
Sayaka Suzuki, VCUarts
Francis Thompson, Art Program Manager, JLL
Celina Wiliams, RVA Zine Fest Organizer