PBI welcomes applications from all individuals at all levels of experience who have a special interest in book arts, bookbinding, conservation, papermaking or associated areas. Those with expertise and those with less experience coming together are a large part of what makes PBI such a rich and productive program.
There are two applications, one for general admission, and one for scholarship attendees. You may only apply once to PBI 2014 (that is, you can not apply for both general admission and a scholarship).
If you are encounter problems with the online application process, please contact Anna Embree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission applications
Online applications will be available on this web page, beginning January 1, 2014.
Alternative applications will be made available to those who cannot apply online. Acceptance letters are sent out in early February 2014, so timely application is encouraged. The application period remains open through April 15 or until all spots are confirmed and filled. Once all spots are filled, applicants will be put on a waiting list. Those placed on a waiting list will be notified about openings as soon as one becomes available. The waiting list will remain open until May 10.
The deadline for scholarship applications is December 30, 2013 at 5 p.m. CST.
Be prepared to indicate first through last choices including ALL workshops for each session in priority order 1–5 (1 being highest priority). In addition to the regular application materials please be prepared to provide a current resume, a paragraph of why you want to attend PBI, samples of your work, and a brief explanation of financial need.
The Nell Meldahl Work-Study Scholarships
Nell Meldahl was an inspiring PBI instructor and conservator of Far-Eastern art who passed away far too early in her career. Her family and friends, with additional funds raised each year from the PBI auction and friends of PBI, have created a scholarship program in her honor to aid those who cannot afford PBI tuition. These half-tuition work-study awards are based on financial need and merit/motivation, and are intended for those individuals who could not otherwise attend. Recipients are expected to help with studio set up and take down for each session, assist with various mid-session tasks, and help to organize and run the auction and closing banquet.
Tuition for the PBI 2014 program will be $1350. This includes room and board for a shared room, workshop tuition, class supplies and materials. A small course fee maybe added to classes with exceptionally high materials costs. This cost is indicated with the course description.
Single Room Reservations
Single occupancy dormitory rooms can be reserved for an additional $200 fee. This request can be indicated in your online application. The fee is due upon arrival to PBI. While we will make an effort to accommodate all single room requests, if there are more requests than available rooms, single rooms will be assigned through a lottery system.
Once accepted to PBI, a $675.00 deposit is required within two weeks of acceptance in order to reserve your place. The remaining balance is due at registration upon arrival at Oxbow on May 11. Please note that this deposit is non-refundable after March 25, 2014.
Institutional support for funding or time off
A PBI Co-director will be happy to supply a letter of support to applicants seeking funding or time away from their employers.