VSW Press publishes books by artists, often in connection with work produced as part of our artist residency programs. Each title is made in collaboration with the artist in editions of 100-250.

  • VSW Press, founded by Joan Lyons in 1971, has been foundational for the field of artists’ books through consistently publishing books by artists and providing resources for criticism and collections.

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    In 1984 Joan Lyons edited the first anthology of critical essays and sources for the field of artists’ book. Lyons also recently edited a volume on VSW’s publishing activity Artists’ Books: Visual Studies Workshop Press 1971-2008, an annotated bibliography with statements by many of the author-artists VSW has worked with.

    We an online bookstore, host an alternative book fair each year in Rochester, frequently participate in other book fairs nationally, and we have a small bookstore on-site at VSW where our titles and other books are exhibited and sold on consignment for artists.

  • VSW Press currently has two tiers of publication subscriptions. Become a member of VSW and you will receive the next four open-edition artist and critic publications we publish, as we publish them.

    Subscribe to our visual book club and you will get the next four limited-edition books we publish, as we publish them. If you are an individual you will pay just $150 and just $275 if you are an institutional collection. This subscription price includes shipping and you will also receive bonus books we wish to include.

    Each new limited edition title will retail for a minimum $45, sometimes as much as $100. This is a great deal and it’s a great way for you to support artists creating dynamic books.

    The visual book club subscription is limited to 75 subscribers. If you don’t like a book, you may exchange it for one of our back catalog titles, contact the Bookstore Manager for more details.

    To subscribe, please visit our online bookstore.