The Focus on Book Arts (FOBA) conference is looking for instructors for the fourteenth biennial Conference.  Conference dates are Wednesday through Sunday June 26-30, 2019 with a check-in day of Tuesday, June 25, 2019. This event is held at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon about 30 miles west of Portland, Oregon. We are looking for beginning, intermediate and advanced level workshops but would also like to consider master level workshops that may involve critical problem solving or more advanced hands-on work.

The format of the conference is in classes of one, two, or three days. All three-day classes will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All two-day classes will be on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a limited number of one day classes each day. Instructors may submit proposals for the length of days they think appropriate for their class. They may submit a combination of workshops that cover the entire five days of the conference. Each day would be six contact hours, 9:00 until 4:30 with a 1½ hour lunch break. In addition to the individual workshops, the Conference will host evening activities and receptions, a trade show, a sales store (The Artists’ Shop), and a Faculty/Staff exhibit. Instructor compensation and benefits are as follows:

  1. Instructors will be paid $500.00 per teaching day. Instructors should determine their own materials fee per student; this should include an estimate of cost for any student materials that may need to be shipped as we do not cover shipping costs separately. This materials fee will be collected with registration and will be mailed to instructors with the rest of their funds. This payment will be sent to the instructor within two weeks of the end of the conference

  2. Instructors traveling by land transportation over 50 miles from the Conference site will receive the IRS mileage standard at the time of the conference up to a total of $400.00. Travel by airplane will be compensated with a travel stipend not to exceed $750.00. This amount includes the most economical round trip airfare, land transportation to and from the airport and any baggage fees.

  3. Instructors are required to submit 1 or 2 works for the Faculty/Staff Show. This show will be held at Pacific University. The work can be for sale with no commission while at Pacific University but the artist is responsible for all financial transactions.

  4. Instructors are invited to sell their work in the Artists’ Shop at a 20% commission. This store is open to the public during the Conference.

  5. Instructors are welcome to be participants and register for classes at a 20% discount on registration fees; material fees are not discounted. Instructors may register early for any class they want.

  6. Out of town instructors (more than 50 miles travel) will receive room and board on campus the night before and the day of their class(es). If the instructor wishes to stay longer, any additional room and board can be added on at the instructors own expense as space allows.

  7. Instructors who travel less than 50 miles to the Conference will receive an on-campus lunch each day they teach. If requested, local instructors may receive room and board on campus the night before and the day of their class.

Please fill out the workshop proposal form on the right of this page. It should be filed along with photos of the proposed product. The photos must be in jpg format, 300 dpi, and the longest measurement 7 inches. You may send up to 3 photos for each proposal. Please label them with your last name and something to identify which proposal they belong with. Good photos make it easier for us to understand what you are proposing.

Proposals and photos must be sent using the form to the right.  

If you have questions please contact workshopchair@focusonbookarts.org.

All proposals must be received by MAY 15, 2018.
Acceptance letters will be sent by JUNE 30, 2018.