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Po Box 193216
San Francisco, CA

A close-knit group of hand bookbinders, with shared interests in creating and collecting fine bindings, joined together to promote hand bookbinding and related book arts and to exchange information and ideas. 

Current Exhibition

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Exhibition Dates: September 11th to October 27, 2018

Opening Reception:
September 15, 2018 at 5:30PM

September 29, 2018, at 12:30PM

A brief talk on "Thank you for your Service" the collaborative artists' book on show at ABM and launch of "what books mean to me", the second artists' book in the series "Be a Page in a Book". 
In second part of the afternoon, participants will get to make their own page for the book and experience the binding structure that will be used for the project.

Exhibit Talk:
October 27, at 4:00PM

This is a unique opportunity to view selected items outside of the cases, see what is inside the books. Hear about the inspiration for the content and decisions behind the design choices.  Ask questions and meet some of the artists. 

Artisan bookbinders in residence on September 22, October 6, 13, 20.


Exhibition Location: 
American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 824-9754

Exhibition Hours:  Open 10am-4pm, Tuesday - Saturday

Share your favorite recent work with fellow bookbinders and the public at the 46th annual Members' Exhibition. This year the exhibition will be hosted by the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco.  We will be hosting a number of Saturday events at the Museum during the exhibit including a bookbinding class and demonstrations.  These events will be open to HBC members and the public, and will be designed to expand the knowledge of and participation in handmade books to a larger audience.  

One of the foundational mandates of the HBC was to provide opportunities for local bookbinders to share their work not only with one another but also with the broader community.   Each year the HBC sponsors an Annual Members’ Exhibition open for viewing to the general public.  All members in good standing -- whether they be amateur or professional, beginner or expert -- are welcome to enter their work.

The artworks displayed reflect the varied interests of our diverse membership and can include design bindings, fine press, artist’s books, calligraphy, conservation, box-making, historical structures, and paper decoration.  A full color catalog is also published to accompany the exhibition.  

Past exhibitions have been hosted by a variety of Bay Area museums, galleries, and libraries including the San Francisco Public Library, Stanford University, Mills College, the University of San Francisco, the University of California at San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Center for the Book, the American Bookbinding Museum, and many others.