Rising Together: an Exhibition of Zines, Artists’ Books and Prints with a Social Conscience


Exhibition Run Dates :: Friday, February 12 – Sunday, May 9, 2021

Schedule your in person appointment to view Rising Together!

Before your scheduled appointment: be sure to view our "Visiting SFCB :: Health and Safety Plan" web page and take note of the required safety protocols for visiting SFCB's gallery.

Appointments are only available on Tuesdays; interested visitors are strongly encouraged to book in advance in order to guarantee entry to SFCB's gallery space. Appointments begin Tuesday, March 16th and run through Tuesday, May 4, 2021.


Rising Together: an Exhibition of Zines, Artists’ Books and Prints with a Social Conscience is a juried, traveling book arts exhibition organized by the College Book Art Association and hosted from 2018–2021 in conjunction with the Art Center College of Design, Center for Book Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Center for the Book, University of Iowa, University of Puget Sound and University of Utah.

The work in Rising Together demonstrates how artist books give activism a visual voice, and can serve as powerful agents in effecting positive social change on issues encompassing social justice, power, politics, the environment and more. Rising Together showcases the potential of the book arts to engage—through messaging, through critique, through action—and to speak truth to power in an era when such truth is direly needed.


The exhibit was juried by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring


Megan Adie, Martha Chiplis, Aaron Cohick (with students and staff of The Press at Colorado College), Maureen Cummins, Amanda D’Amico, Suzanne Glemot, Guerilla Grannies, Brooke Hardy, Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva, Michael Henninger, KT Hettinga, Ellen Knudson, Gloria Kondrup (with a collaborative student project from Archetype Press / ArtCenter College of Design), Kimberly Maher, Cynthia Marsh, Danielle McCoy, Melanie Mowinski, Chandler O’Leary, Sheryl Oring, John Risseeuw, Lisa Robinson, Robert Rowe, Laura Russell, Meghan Saas, Jaime Lynn Shafer, Levi Sherman, Tennille Shuster, Clarissa Sligh, Nikki Thompson, Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Philip Zimmermann.

View the catalog here (pdf version)


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

SFCB gratefully acknowledges the loan of this exhibition from the College Book Art Association. Rising Together is co-sponsored by San Francisco Center for the Book and the Mills College Center for the Book.


Fall 2020 – University of Puget Sound :: Spring 2020 – HMCT/ArtCenter College of Design :: Fall 2019 – University of Iowa :: Spring 2019 – Center for Book Arts :: Fall 2018 – University of Utah


May 6, 2021 :: Rising Together Speaking Out: Artists Books, Racism, Discrimination, and Bearing Witness



March 25, 2021 :: Rising Together, Speaking Out: Artists Books, Feminism, and Creating Change

February 17, 2021 :: Rising Together Artist Reception

April 8, 2021 :: Rising Together, Speaking Out: Artists Books, Social Justice, and Community Response

April 22, 2021 :: Freedom of the Presses: a Mills College Student Showcase