2024 Applicant FAQs

General Info

What is Jersey Art Book Fair?

Dense Magazine and is pleased to present the second 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 70 exhibitors and dozens of 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 strive 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.

Why should I apply?

Co-shape the JAB Fair Experience

With the first year under our belts, we're on the road to co-shaping a vision of what an art book fair can be. Our goal is to showcase our exhibitors at their best, no matter what size exhibitor space. In addition to amazing exhibitors and events (hosted by you, we hope!), we have incredible programs lining up, making our second edition a must-go.

Connect with each other

JAB Fair is setting the bar high for community engagement in Jersey City to ensure that exhibitors are well-supported throughout both days. To make JAB Fair financially accessible, we offer several options to offset exhibitor fees (see "Financial Assistance Info" below for more details).

Enjoy new audiences

As one of America's most diverse populations in the country, New Jersey is also becoming one of the most important markets for the arts. JAB Fair is a perfect opportunity for rising and established publishers to discover new audiences and explore new talent.

Who can apply?

JAB Fair is currently accepting applications for three Open Calls for 2024 Exhibitors, Program Hosts and Artists. Each Call has its own eligibility requirements, please review below:

To be eligible to apply as an Exhibitor:

To be eligible to apply as a Program Host:

To be eligible to apply as an Artist:

People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, non-English speaking people and others who have been historically marginalized or oppressed are especially encouraged to apply.

UPDATED! What is the deadline to submit?

There are two application deadlines:

When will I find out if I've been accepted?

Notifications will be sent to the email address connected to the application at the following times:

NOTE: Full payment is due January 2, 2024.

Financial Assistance Info

What grants do you offer?

Jersey Art Book (JAB) Fair is committed to increasing representation for book artists, zine makers, small presses and publishers in all stages and experience in publishing. We recognize the importance of redistribution as a crucial step towards meaningful representation and access. We prioritize BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and immigrant exhibitors who haven’t participated in art book fairs before, including those who have been historically excluded from similar events.

Through the generosity of sponsors, we offer the following grant opportunities (limited to one grant per applicant):

Emerging Exhibitors Grant. For exhibitors who have exhibited for less than two years, and who demonstrate need and merit (under a separate grant application), we offer a limited number of grants to fully or partially cover the cost of exhibitor space. Grant applications are separately administered and reviewed by the Fair team and an advisory panel. 

"Even Steven" Grant. For exhibitors who demonstrate experience planning for and implementing unique programs, we offer a limited number of grants to fully cover the cost of exhibitor space in exchange for a unique event within JAB Fair's program schedule.

Do you live, work or study in Jersey City? You may be eligible for a new grant opportunity, supported by public funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund. Go to FAQs > Financial Assistance Info > "I'm based in Jersey City. Do I qualify for any grants?" to learn more.

I'm currently based in Jersey City. Do I qualify for any grants?

Thanks to support by public funds from the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund, JAB Fair is able to offer a limited number of grants that fully cover the cost of exhibitor space, including $5 application fee. 

Acceptable forms of ID include:

Upon submitting proof of eligibility, all applicants who live, work or study in Jersey City will:

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 Fellowship Programs. If you’re interested in learning more about how to get involved and partner with us, please write to sponsor@densemagazine.org.

Venue Info

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, February 3, 11:00a-6:00p, followed with after-parties and off-site events

Sunday, February 4, 11:00a-6:00p

Jersey Art Book Fair will take place at...ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!

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 and our selected venue at the time of the event.