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.
Tuition for the PBI 2016 program is $1350. This includes room and board for a shared room, workshop tuition, basic class supplies and materials. A small course fee may be added to classes with exceptionally high materials costs. This cost is indicated in the course description.
The general application period begins January 1, 2017. You can find the online application to apply right here! Applications received within the first two weeks of the application period will be given priority. Timely application is strongly encouraged. We make an effort to accept an equitable mix of alumni and new comers. Acceptance letters are sent out starting in early February every year
Applications are accepted through through April 15 or until all spots are confirmed and filled. Once all spots are filled, remaining applicants are put on a waiting list. Those placed on the waiting list are notified about openings as soon as one becomes available. The waiting list remains open until May 1.
Nell Meldahl Scholarships and Application
PBI offers sevcn to ten half-tuition work-study awards. These awards are based on financial need, merit and motivation; intended for those individuals who could not otherwise afford to attend. 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 but rustic group dormitories, with bathroom facilities in nearby buildings. 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 a day early to PBI, by 10 a.m. on Saturday May 1. For those who are flying, this will probably make it necessary to arrive during the afternoon of Friday, May 13. Scholarship recipients will depart PBI on Thursday, May 26, with the rest of the PBI participants.
The application period for scholarships begins on December 1 and closes on December 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. Acceptance letters will be mailed starting in early 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.
Single Room Reservations
There are ten single occupancy dormitory rooms available, which can be reserved for an additional $300 fee, due upon arrival to PBI. You may request a single room on the online application. These rooms will be assigned through a lottery system, with priority given to individuals with special needs.
Tuition and Deposit
Once accepted to PBI, a non-refundable 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, in cash or check. PBI does not accept credit cards.
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.