Finding Comon Ground: Sowing the Seeds of Community & Collaboration

Exhibition dates: Friday, November 5, 2021 - Sunday, January 16, 2022

Celebrating twenty five vibrant years, San Francisco Center for the Book has served as a space for individuals and groups to come together, explore ideas, and encourage each other within the field of artists’ books.

The exhibition Finding Common Ground focuses on the collaborations and communities of practice SFCB has witnessed or fostered over the past twenty five years. The idea of “finding common ground” is a unique occurrence taking place when people gather, share information, and experiment -- core tenants of SFCB’s mission. Print collectives, artist think tanks, individuals working collaboratively: all are prime examples of idea exchange and creative spark.

Works in the exhibition such as Ignacio Perez Meruane’s a curving wave that never breaks (collaboration with Colpa Press, 2017) show viewers that collaborative artists books utilize many physical forms while examining a single key concept. The artists of the Korean American Artist Collective explore the Korean concept of jeong (community, connection, and solidarity) in response to this year’s Atlanta, GA shootings with Jeong: A Portfolio By & For Korean American Women. 

While highlighting the connections these artists and their work have with the San Francisco Center for the Book, Finding Common Ground introduces viewers the many ways in which artists come together in order to work together.


SFCB would like to thank the following patrons and lenders for their support of SFCB’s exhibition program:

Anonymous | California Arts Council | Grants For The Arts | The Kahle Austin Foundation


Collectives / Working groups:

Korean American Artists Collective (Aimee Lee :: Andy Marra :: Aram Han Sifuentes :: Arhm Choi Wild :: Cha :: Dami Lee :: E.J. Koh :: Eunsoo Jeong :: Franny Choi :: Hannah Bae :: Hannah Yoon :: Jonie Broecker :: Julia Kwon :: Kimchi Juice :: Kyung Chyun :: Lars Kim :: Mary Kang :: Mizin Shin :: Robin Ha :: Rochelle Youk :: Seonna Hong :: Steph Rue :: Sunny Oh)

shift-lab collective (Denise Bookwalter :: Katie Baldwin :: Macy Chadwick :: Sarah Bryant :: Tricia Treacy)

Trade/Association (artists exhibiting at SFCB): Anthony Grant :: Bettina Pauly :: Kate Kaminski :: Maureen Forys :: Sarah Wildfang :: Tim Svenonius

Projects / Organizers:

Alphabetilately (initiated by: Alyson Kuhn :: Michael Osborne :: Bill Senkus)

The Rhinoceros Project (initiated by: Anne Beck, Michelle Wilson)

X-Ray Book & Novelty Co. / The KutUps (spearheaded by Giselle & Johnny Brewton)


Bill Denham & Bettina Pauly :: Casey Gardner & Nance O'Banion :: David Anwnn Jones, Thomas Ingmire, Howard Munson :: Howard Munson & Ken Wilkes :: Howard Munson, Arnold Iger, & Paul Kwan :: John DeMerritt & Nora Pauwels :: Julie Chen & Barb Tetenbaum :: Julie Chen & Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder :: Linda Smith & Rose Camastro-Pritchett :: Luca Antonucci / Colpa Press & Ignacio Perez Meruane :: Megan Adie, Hanoi Perez, Carrie Ann Plank, & Yerandee González Durán :: Sara L. Press & Andy Rottner :: Tony Bellaver & Mary V. Marsh