Asheville BookWorks began in 2004 as a community resource for print and book in response to the growing number of book artists and printmakers living and working in Western NC.
Laurie Corral, founder and director, was inspired by an exhibit of artists books from the Women’s Studio Workshop in 1996 while working at the Hickory Museum of Art and envisioned a place where artists working in print and book arts could support shared studio space, foster the exchange of knowledge and raise awareness of book art and print in Western NC.
Since then, Asheville BookWorks has become a place where classes and workshops are held regularly year-round, studio rental is available, special guests including Vamp and Tramp, Drive-By Press and Booklyn have made visits, an artist residency program has been developed, artist talks are scheduled, an exhibition gallery has been designed and built, and the BookWorks Co-op has been initiated.
Interns and Volunteers
Interns and Volunteers are a valuable asset, contributing a great deal to the overall success of Asheville BookWorks. Working under the guidance of resident artists and staff, Interns and Volunteers assist with a variety of things ranging from special projects in letterpress, hand papermaking or bookbinding, to marketing, clerical support and general maintenance.
BookWorks offers unpaid Internships enabling students to gain first-hand experience in their area of interest. Students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships.
Both Interns and Volunteers are eligible to participate in a labor exchange, earning hours toward 1/2 tuition or reduced rate studio rental. Hours are flexible, however, a minimum of 3 hours per week is advisable. Please e-mail email@example.com for more info.
Asheville BookWorks raises money for Tuition Scholarships through the annual events like Edible Book Festival (link) and Small Book Exchange (link), a Co-op project.
We are currently accepting Scholarship Applications for workshops held at BookWorks for residents of Asheville and surrounding communities on a first come, first serve basis. Awarded Scholarships grant up to 50% tuition for a workshop. Scholarships are limited and may not be available at all times. Students provide their own supplies and materials fees.
If you are interested in applying for a Tuition Scholarship, click here for an Application Form.