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

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Artists' Book Competition Winners | 2017

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 April 15, 2018.

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


Artists' Book Competition Winners | 2016

11th Annual Artists' Book Symposium and Competition

Symposium and Competition: May 3, 2018 - 10 a.m - 6 p.m.

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.
  • Scroll down for entry form and cover sheet.


Schedule of Events | Thursday, May 3, 2018  |  Trois Gallery, ACA Library of SCAD Atlanta

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Petting Zoo and Viewer's Choice

Drop by throughout the day to explore all of the student entries of the artists' book competition, and cast your vote for your favorite artists' book entry.  The winning book will be announced during the awards presentation.  Librarians will be on hand to talk about the work and field questions. 

11:00 a.m. Workshop with Andrew Huot  |  517C Printmaking

Join Andrew Huot in the Printmaking Studio for a hands-on bookmaking workshop. Participants will leave with a mock-up and a new bookmaking skill.

**participation capped at 20. email to reserve a spot.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Peter Thomas lecture & show and tell

Join us for a lecture and show-and-tell by our special guest from Santa Cruz, California.  Peter & Donna Thomas are book artists and paper makers celebrating their 40th anniversary of book arts.

**Join Peter and Donna for their exhibition reception at Emory's Rose Library on May 2, 5:30-7 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Andrew Huot lecture & awards presentation

Juror, Andrew Huot, will start the hour out with a lecture about his career path as a book artist and conservator, followed by the awards presentation for this year's competition winners.

Hear from some of the winners themselves, too!

6:00 p.m. - Reception

Help us celebrate the competition winners and a full day of artists' books with light refreshments.


For more details, email

Events are free and open to the public.

Trois Gallery, ACA Library (4th floor)

SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree Street

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.

Artists' Book Competition Submission Guidelines

Steps to Entry: 

  1. Print & fill out the PDF "Submission Cover Sheet." Attach to each entry.
  2. Fill out the electronic competition form below.
  3. *Drop off your entries and attached PDF form to your SCAD Library. 
    1. **SAVANNAH: Jen Library Special Collections - hours: M-F, 9 am - 5 pm
    2. ATLANTA: ACA Library Front Desk - hours M-TR, 7:30 am - 8 pm; F, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm; SA, 10 am - 5:30 pm; SU, Noon - 5:30 pm.
  4. Entries due by end of day on April 15, 2017.

*Submissions will not be accepted without BOTH of these forms. 

**Savannah Entries will be shipped by the library to Atlanta for the competition, and will be available for pick-up after the competition at the Jen Library in Savannah.

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