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 that exposed bindings in book arts elevate 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 often addresses issues of social justice and the natural world. Three of her works 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 a the Pendleton Arts Center and at Gallery 708, both 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 as well as conducting workshops at the DC Children’s Museum and the Museum for Women in the Arts.

Serling-Sturm is a board member and former president of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society. In addition, she is a participating artist in the Taft Museum’s Artist Reaching Classroom (ARC) program.

Recent Exhibitions

‘Art at the X – Celebrating 50 Years of Women at Xavier University,’ juried show, Xavier University Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2019

Art at the Mill, Featured Artist, Clark Gallery, Greenville, OH, 2019

Beyond Boudries, Featured Artist, Gallery 708, Cincinnati, OH, 2019

BookWorks XX, Cincinnati, OH, 2019

3rd place Merit Award for ‘Home:Ike’

FotoFocus – juried, Lloyd Library and Museum, Cincinnati, OH 2018

BookWorks XIX – Cincinnati, OH, 2018

Contents Unknown – juried, Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH 2018

SOS – Cincinnati, OH, 2018

Now is the Winter of … - CBAS Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2018

BookWorks XVIII, Cincinnati, OH, 2017

Exhibited work ‘By The Light of the Silvery Moon’ purchased by Cincinnati Public Library for permanent collection of artist books

SOS Cincinnati, OH, 2017

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

Picturing the West   Commission for Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH 2016

FotoFocus Biennial - juried, Lloyd Library and Museum, 2016

BookWorks XVll – Cincinnati, OH, 2016

2nd place Merit Award for ‘Unarmed in ‘America’

SOS – Cincinnati, OH, 2016,

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

BookWorks XVI – Cincinnati, OH, 2015

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

SOS – Cincinnati, OH, 2015,

BookWorks XV – Cincinnati, OH, 2014,

Exhibited work ‘Ida Martin’ purchased by the Cincinnati Public Library for permanent collection of artist books

BookWorks XlV – Cincinnati, OH, 2013


WCET-TV, Featured Artist on The Art Show, 2/6/17, Video.thinktv.org/video/art-show-season-6-episode-5/

Article 25, interview, Judith Serling-Sturm Takes a Walk


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 President, 2015- 2018

Board Member-At-Large, 2018 – present

BookWorks XX Chair 2019

Gallery 708, Partner

Blueberry View Artist Residency

July 2010


Judith teaches workshops to adults, teens, and children by request in her Cincinnati studio as well as in classrooms and meeting spaces.She also lead workshops for the public through the Cincinnati Book Arts Society.   Upcoming Workshops November 13, 2019 – Caterpillar Stitch. Go to CincinnatiBookArts.org/BookBindingBasics to register.

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1310 Pendleton
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

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