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Artists' Book Collection - ACA Library at SCAD Atlanta: 11th Annual Artists' Book Symposium and Competition

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11th Annual Artists' Book Symposium and Competition


Artists' Book Competition entries will be accepted from April 1, 2018 - April 15, 2018. 

  • Any book made by a student between Spring Quarter, 2017 and April 15, 2018 will be accepted. 
  • Collaborative entries are encouraged.
  • Students may submit up to 3 (three) artists' books.


May 3, 2018 - Student Competition and lecture with juror Andrew Huot of Big River Bindery

                        Lecture and show and tell with book artists Peter and Donna Thomas from Santa Cruz

May 4, 2018 - Workshop with Andrew Huot


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Events are free and open to the public.

Trois Gallery, ACA Library (4th floor)

SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street

Student Artists' Book Competition

Calling all SCAD students! Enter up to three artists' books and have a chance to win purchase prizes, your book added to the Artists' Book Collection, and a spot in a juried exhibition.

What is an artists' book and what can I enter? An artists' book is a work of art that utilizes, challenges, defies, references, or embraces the book as a mode of artistic expression. It can be sculptural, traditional; textual, visual; personal, political; drawn, sewn; conceptual or literal. If you can make a successful argument in your artist statement* that your work is a book, it will compete! We are looking for fine press, performative, altered, and object books. Scrolls, pop-ups, zines, comics, hardback, paperback, perfect bound, and unbound books are all welcome. Categories will be dictated by entries received. This list is not exhaustive! 

Collaborative entries are encouraged. Did your class or group make an artists' book or box of minicomics/zines/miniature books? We want to see them all.

Requirements: Please fill out BOTH forms on this page to enter your book(s).

-One entry form per book.

-Any book made between Spring Quarter, 2017 - April 15, 2018 is eligible for entry.

-A brief artist statement will be required with each entry, up to 200 words.

-Please print & fill out the PDF cover sheet (after digitally submitting the entry form) and turn in attached to your work to the Jen Library (SAV) or ACA Library (ATL) by 5pm on May 1, 2017

Restrictions: No food, hazardous material, or books requiring external equipment (i.e. URLs and flash drives)


Artists' Book Competition Winners | 2016

About the Presenters

Andrew Huot

Andrew Huot is a book artist and bookbinder in Atlanta, where he operates Big River Bindery, a shop for bookmaking and letterpress printing, book repair, and design. His artwork uses the book form to express his observations about world around him. 

Andrew has a Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and teaches bookbinding and preservation for the University of Illinois, and conservation, bookbinding, and boxmaking for the International Preservation Studies Center. He has worked in conservation at libraries across the country. Andrew exhibits his work widely and has pieces in over 50 university library collections.

Peter and Donna Thomas

Peter and Donna Thomas have been making fine press and artist's books for over 40 years. When they started, as craftspeople at Renaissance Faires, they fell in love with the graceful beauty of "gypsy wagon" caravans that other vendors had made to sleep in or use as booths for selling their wares. In 2009 Peter and Donna built their own tiny home on wheels, designed after a typical late 19th century Redding Wagon.

Peter and Donna started their business in 1977 and made their first book in 1978, so from 2017-18 are traveling to celebrate 40 years of making books with shows in a dozen libraries across the country, including Emory University.

Entry Form

Artists' Book Competition Winners | 2017

First place: Three Names | Hannah Kraus | Grad, Photography, ATL

Second place: Dog Girl | Jennie Waits | Senior, Printmaking, ATL

Third place: Harmony | Anderson Carman | Senior, Sequential Art, ATL

Librarian’s choice: Eclipsed | Julisiah Toney | Senior, Photography, ATL

Librarian’s choice: Sunday in the Park | Soo Kim | Sophomore, Painting, ATL

Class project award: Professor Thomas Burns’ Illustration class – Nesting Dolls

Class project first place: Hungry Bunch | Erika Torres | Grad, Illustration, ATL

Honorable mention:  The Bicycle | Amalia Restrepo | Grad, Illustration, SAV

Honorable mention: Wanderers | Peter Pelfrey | Sophomore, Graphic Design, ATL

Honorable mention: Lost Connection | Anderson Carman | Senior, Sequential Art, ATL

Honorable mention: Hangnail | Kevin Patterson | Sophomore, Television Production, ATL

Artists' Book Symposium & Competition | 2017

Andrew Fedynak of Zatara Press talks about the art of sequencing

Joshua Rashaad McFadden talks about the evolution of his work

Professor Forest McMullin leads a lively discussion

Book signing with the speakers

Juror, Bill Boling of Fall Line Press, talks about the winning book, Three Names by Hannah Kraus

Bill Boling talks about second place winning book: Dog Girl by Jennie Waits

Peter Pelfrey talks about his book, Wanderers, Honorable Mention

Show and tell, Zatara Press books

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Jury deliberating

Class Project Category

Competition Winners

Librarian's Choice

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention

Class Award: Nesting Dolls: First Place

Oh those Russians! by Andrew Lim

East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Ariel Walters

Jurassic Park by Su Kim

Your Mother was a Hamster and Your Father Smelt of Elderberries! by Amanda Welch

Egyptian Dolls by Youna Kim

Magical Deer by Dong Luo