Judith Serling-Sturm

Judith Serling-Sturm was a freelance essayist without a fine arts background when she apprenticed to a hand binder whose specialty was exposed bindings. She was instantly captivated by the textures of the art form, as well as the way book arts elevates the efforts and magnifies the beauty of “keeping it together.” In her work, in both traditional and non-traditional form, binding technique, structure, and materials as well as content are equal players in the communication of an idea.

Serling-Sturm’s artist books are exhibited in shows around the country. Her work incorporates found objects and natural elements and often addresses issues of social justice. She has been an exhibitor in invitation-only shows focused on artists as activist. Her work ‘Home – Michael’ is in the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Public Library.

Serling-Sturm accepts commissions for custom handmade books for manuscripts, collections, and milestone events. She also creates blank journals, which she sells from her studio at the Pendleton Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH.

She teaches binding techniques in her studio to all ages and has been a visiting artist in classrooms up and down the east coast. She wrote the book arts curriculum for the Washington DC Waldorf School and taught in their high school high for five years before moving away. She is currently a participating artist in the Taft Museum’s Artists Reaching Classroom (ARC) program, as well as the Chair of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society.

Recent Exhibitions

BookWorks XlV – Cincinnati, OH, 2013

BookWorks XV – Cincinnati, OH, 2014

SOS – Cincinnati, OH, 2015

BookWorks XVI – Cincinnati, OH, 2015

Exhibited work, ‘Home-Michael’, purchased by Cincinnati Public Library for permanent collection of artist books

Artist as Activist, by invitation, Herndon Gallery, Antioch, OH, 2016

SOS – Cincinnati, OH, 2016

BookWorks XVll – Cincinnati, OH, 2016

2nd place Judges' Merit Award, 'Unarmed in America’

FotoFocus Biennial - juried, Lloyd Library and Museum, 2016

Picturing the West - Commission for Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH 10/16-1/17

Valentine to Nature - by invitation – Cincinnati Nature Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2017

SOS - Cincinnati, OH, 2017

BookWorks XVIII - Cincinnati, OH, 2017

1st place Judges’ Merit Award, ‘Incomplete Visual History of Book Banning in America’


Serling-Sturm Book Arts Studio – private, group instruction, 2012 - ongoing

Taft Museum, ARC Artist-in the Schools; 2015 – ongoing

Cincinnati Book Arts Society

Board Member At-Large, 2012-2013

Chair, Programming, 2013-2015

Board Chair, 2015- present

Gallery 708, Partner

Blueberry View Artist Residency

2018, Month TBD


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1310 Pendleton Studio/#205
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202