Novel Ideas Art Book Fair

Novel Ideas Art Book Fair

March 6–7, 2020 | 116 Blue Star

Novel Ideas Art Book Fair is a two-day art book fair organized by Blue Star Contemporary featuring artists’ books, monographs, zines, printed ephemera, and more. Conceived as a platform and community-building event for artists and producers operating primarily in the Southwestern US region and Mexico who are dedicated to books as medium and material, the Novel Ideas Art Book Fair includes a range of exhibitors, both publishers, and artists. Novel Ideas includes programming such as talks, pop-up workshops, signings, an after party hosted by Paper Tiger, and four complementary onsite exhibitions. We are thrilled to welcome world renowned artist and curator Julie Ault as the keynote speaker for the event.

Participating 202o exhibitors include


SPONSORSHIP — As a Novel Ideas Sponsor, enjoy preview access to the fair, recognition opportunities reaching our diverse audience, and tickets —great perks for clients and employees— all while supporting the event! View sponsorship opportunities here or if you’re interested in underwriting opportunities, contact Development Manager, Elaine Leahy directly by calling 210.227.6960 or emailing her at

MEDIA & ADVERTISING— Is your business connected to printed matter and artists? Through this event we offer a variety of advertising opportunities to reach both exhibitors and fair attendees, from inclusion in the printed program to social media to logo placement on event swag. View media opportunities here or contact Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray directly by calling 210.227.6960 or emailing her at for more information.

PURCHASE TICKETS — Admission details below. Please note seating will be limited for the keynote lecture and RSVP required upon purchase of ticket. Ticket purchase available onsite pending availability. All access pass includes a special edition artist print.
  • $15 – Friday, March 6, 2020 opening night
  • $20 – Saturday, March 7, 2020 all day
  • $15 – Saturday, March 7, 2020 7-11pm closing party and concert at Paper Tiger
  • $40 – All access pass to all the above, advance purchase only, includes limited edition artist print.

VOLUNTEER — Volunteers are needed to help with hospitality and logistics during the art book fair. Please sign up here:




Save the date for the 2021 edition of Novel Ideas Art Book Fair April 11, 2021.

*(Image left: © John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation- used with permission. Julie Ault, right, at the Museum Tamayo, in Mexico City on September 20, 2018.)