American Art Collector 2016
Book page sample
Postcard sample, front
Postcard sample, back
American Art Collector 2015
American Art Collector 2014
American Art Collector 2013

American Art Collector provides artists a juried, affordable vehicle to display their work in an elegant, art book format. Each edition includes over 260 painters, sculptors, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers.

Jurors are California College of the Arts painting instructor Howard Eige and Oakland craft gallery owner Jan Christensen-Heller.

There is no jury fee. A $225 participation fee* for those juried in includes: one page in the book, six finished copies, and 800 postcards (6" x 4.25", 4c/1c). The print run is 3000 copies. Publication is September 25th.

Our books were described as "stunning" by the San Francisco Chronicle and "works of art in themselves" by the Sacramento Bee.

To submit your work, please complete our form by May 1st, 2016. Resolution of 350 ppi (when sized to 6") is needed for printing. Leave the image in its current file format and color space.

How are books distributed?
We direct mail books to art galleries, art consultants, and collectors. Participants assist in distribution by giving a book to collectors when making a sale. A partial list is posted here.

To order the current American Art Collector, order online or mail a check for $23 to:

Alcove Books
930 Dwight Way #7
Berkeley, CA 94710

Shipping is included. CA residents please add 9.8% tax ($25.25).

What file formats do you accept?
High resolution digital files should be at least 300 ppi (preferably 350 ppi) when sized to 6 inches at the largest dimension. Either TIFFs or JPGs are fine.

Leave images in their current RGB color space. We will assign that space, then convert to our printers CMYK ICC profile.

What are the printing specifications?
We have published thirty books since 2002 using the same Hong Kong art book printer. Specifications are:

Cover - 260 GSM Artboard (soft)  
Text - 128 GSM Japanese Art Gloss  
Binding - smythe sewn

Book size - 8.5" h x 6" w
Card size - 4.25" h x 6" w

We often receive compliments on the quality of the publication.

What media are included?
AAC includes: painting, photography, printing, digital art, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, collage, new media, and mixed media.

Who are your jurors?
Jurors have included California College of the Arts instructors Howard Eige, Clay Jensen and Pamina Traylor, gallery owners Virginia Breier and Jan Christensen-Heller, photographers Glenn Steiner and Michael Reichmann, and Carol McCusker, Curator for the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA).

What kind of response do artists get?
Many artists secure new gallery representation or received calls from collectors from being in AAC. Those that monitor web traffic often see a bump in October-December after the book comes out.

With 250 or more artists in each book, of course not everyone gets a direct response. Artists who give a copy away with a sale (or mail books to their collectors) and make good use of the postcards find they get value from participation.

Are you connected to the magazine of the same name?
No. We had been publishing American Art Collector as a quarterly for two years when they began in 2006.

*$225 if paid by check, $234 by credit card