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Artists' Book Collection - ACA Library at SCAD Atlanta: 10th Annual Artists' Book Symposium and Competition

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Artists' Book Competition Winners | 2016

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 inclusive! 

Collaborative entries are encouraged! Did your class or group make an artists' book or box of minicomics/zines/miniature books?

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

-One entry form per book.

-Any book made after May 1, 2016 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 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)


About the presenters

Internationally recognized, award-winning artist, author and SCAD Atlanta Photography MFA Alumni,  Joshua Rashaad McFadden, combines his passion for civil and human rights with his passion for the arts. Uprisings across America are constant because of multiple recent incidents of police brutality and the murders of African-American men and women, the result is his series After Selma and received the first place International Photography Award (IPA, 2015) for After Selma. He won the first place IPA award again in 2016 for his series and book Come to Selfhood. In 2017 McFadden was recognized by Time Magazine as one of “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now.”

Andrew Fedynak (Hartford Art School MFA and ICP One-Year Certificate Program) is a photographer and photobook publisher operating Zatara Press. Formally of Asheville, North Carolina, his projects are often centered on the aesthetic view principles of Wabi Sabi and Zen. Many of these photographs are found around his current home in Richmond, Virginia and in other locations as moments occur. Fedynak will be talking about his experience working with artist, Lisa Elmaleh, on her book Everglades from concept to production to distribution. The Everglades project was the winner of the Aaron Siskind Foundation award, the Puffin Foundation Grant, and the Everglades National Park Artist Residency (AIRIE).

Forest McMullin is a freelance photographer, consultant, and photographic educator based in Atlanta, GA. He specializes in photographing fringe social groups and is respected for his ability to bring out their dignity while still showing them with directness and honesty. His photographs have been exhibited across the United States as well as in Paris and Beijing. His work is found in numerous public and private collections. Currently he is a full time Professor of Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus and delivers lectures and workshops around the US. His consultations include portfolio development, marketing strategies, business planning, and equipment and technical advice. He works with individuals, businesses, and industry leaders. He has received many fellowships, grants, and artist residencies.

10th Annual Artists' Book Symposium & Competition: May 11 & 12, 2017

Artists' Book Symposium: May 11, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Join the ACA Library at SCAD Atlanta for an afternoon celebrating artists' books and photo books.

  • Noon - 1 p.m. | Talk by publisher and founder of Zatara Press, Andrew Fedynak
  • 1 p.m. - 1: 45 p.m. | Artists' book workshop | Learn to make, and walk away with, a diamond fold accordion artists' book to impress all of your friends.
  • 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Artist talk by Alumni Joshua Rashaad McFadden
  • 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m | Panel conversation and Q&A with Andrew Fedynak, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, and Professor of Photography, Forest McMullin | Followed by book signing 

Student Artists' Book Competition: May 12, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This year's competition will feature a preview where the audience is invited to explore and read all of the artists' book entries followed by an awards presentation, and light reception. We are honored to welcome our guest juror, Bill Boling, owner of Fall Line Press.

  • 1 p.m.Preview and show-and-tell
  • 2 p.m.Awards Presentation with Bill Boling
  • 3 p.m.Reception

For more details, email:  |  This event is free and open to the public.

SCAD Atlanta, Trois Gallery/Library (4th floor)
1600 Peachtree St. ~ Atlanta, GA

Artists' Book Competition Submission Guidelines

Steps to Entry:

  1. Print & fill out the PDF. 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 5 pm on May 1, 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