2024 Jersey Art Book Fair FAQs

What is Jersey Art Book Fair?

Dense Magazine is pleased to present the first annual Jersey Art Book Fair, a two-day event that celebrates the broad art form of bookmaking. Set in the state where the offset press was first invented, Jersey Art Book Fair – or JAB Fair for short – believes that print is alive and well, thanks to a movement of artists, writers, designers, publishers, small presses and printers that continues to thrive: from bookbinding, screen printing, paper making and letterpress printing, to zine making, broadsheets, graphic novels and pop-up books.

For two days, Jersey Art Book Fair will host over 50 exhibitors and programs that span the full breadth of the art publishing community. JAB Fair is committed to expanding this community by removing barriers to access and elevating underrepresented voices. We hope to draw a wide range of exhibitors and individuals, including students, artists, collectors, and book lovers. Examples of priority audiences include BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, underserved geographic and knowledge areas, and non-native English speakers.

We’re deeply grateful to our partner Monira Foundation and our collaborator Mana Contemporary for hosting this event, and for their commitment to our mission. We can't wait to see you all in Jersey City in January 2023!

What are the dates/hours of the Fair and where does it take place?

Jersey Art Book Fair will be open with the following hours:

Saturday, January 28, 11:00a-6:00p, followed with an after-party

Sunday, January 29, 11:00a-6:00p

Jersey Art Book Fair will take place at:

Mana Contemporary – Biergarten Gallery

888 Newark Ave

Jersey City, NJ

Monira Foundation and Mana Contemporary will be announcing additional programs that coincide with Jersey Art Book Fair. Please stay tuned!

Are you accepting volunteers?

Yes! We need assistance with several shifts and tasks. All shifts are around 3 hours unless more is volunteered. Most volunteers help with check-in, guidance, assisting exhibitors, and other general assistance.


Benefits to being a JAB Fair Volunteer

Once your volunteer shift is complete, you not only will have our immense gratitude, we'd like to thank you with:

1. A special edition JAB Fair printer's apron

2. Entry to JAB Fair for yourself and a friend

3. An invite to a future "Thank You!" Party

Volunteer dates are before and during JAB Fair: 

THU, 1/26 – set up 

FRI, 1/27 – set up 

SAT, 1/28 – DAY 1 of JAB Fair 

SUN, 1/29 – DAY 2 of JAB Fair

MON, 1/30 – teardown

Volunteer Location:

Mana Contemporary – Biergarten Gallery

888 Newark Avenue

Jersey City, NJ 07306


Contact us at info@jerseyartbookfair.org 

How can I support Jersey Art Book Fair?

This community-driven non-profit event presented by Dense Magazine would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, partners, and donors. Our supporters make it possible to fuel a more equitable and resilient future of storytelling through our JAB Fair Grants and Dense Residency Programs. If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved and partner with us, please write to sponsor@densemagazine.org.

What is your COVID-19 policy?

Due to the recent/ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, there may be restrictions on the JAB Fair to ensure the safety of everyone attending. All procedures are subject to change and will adhere to the requirements set forth by the CDC,  Monira Foundation and Mana Contemporary at the time of the event.