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. The mixture of experience levels amongst participants is a large part of why PBI is such a rich and productive program.
There are two applications, one for general admission, and one for scholarship attendees.
The online application for PBI 2015 will be available on this webpage starting on January 1, 2015. Acceptance letters are sent out starting in early February 2015, 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, remaining 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 scholarship application will be available on this webpage on December 1, 2014. The online scholarship application period runs from December 1 to December 30, 2014, with acceptance letters sent out in February.
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 afford to attend. Preference is given to those who have never attended PBI.
Scholarship recipients will 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. While at PBI, scholarship recipients live in charming and comfortable but rustic housing with nearby bathroom facilities. Oxbow provides wonderful, healthy meals with diverse offerings and the kitchen staff is able to accommodate many dietary needs.
Scholarship recipients are expected to arrive to early to PBI, and should plan to get to Ox-Bow by 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015. For those who are flying, this will probably make it necessary to arrive during the afternoon of Friday, May 15. Scholarship recipients will depart PBI on Thursday, May 28 with the rest of the PBI participants.
Tuition for the PBI 2015 program is $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 deposit for half the tuition is required within two weeks of acceptance in order to reserve your place. The remaining balance is due at registration upon arrival at Oxbow.
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.