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

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Each Spring the ACA Library hosts an Artists' Book Symposium and Student Competition. Check back in Winter 2018 to find details including dates, presenters, workshops, competition forms, and more on the 12th Annual event to be held in May of 2019. 

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 Winners | 2018

A big thank you to all who participated in the 11th Annual Artists' Book Competition! 
First Place: Allison Bolt - Roots, Greens, and Seeds of Appalachia
Second Place: Kendra Willis - The Redbone District: Traces of Dorothy Tisinger
Third Place: Dawn Taylor - Little Bird
Honorable Mention: Sarah Freeland - La Poesie des Montagnes
Librarians' Choice: Elisabeth Keeter - Book of Anger
Viewer's Choice: Maggie Yuen - Precious

11th Annual Artists' Book Symposium and Competition

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


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.

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.

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

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