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

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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 up to one year before the competition date 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.)

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


About the Juror

Jerushia Graham

Jerushia Graham is an Atlanta-based artist who exhibits both nationally and internationally. She earned a BFA in Fabric Design and a BFA in Printmaking the University of Georgia, and an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Jerushia is the Museum Coordinator for the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, Georgia Institute of Technology, and teaches for the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, Kennesaw State, Spelman Museum, and various Arts Centers in the Atlanta area. Her work can be viewed at

Artists' Book Competition Winners | 2018

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

12th Annual Artists' Book Symposium and Competition

Symposium and Competition: May 2 - 3, 2019 - 9:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m.


Schedule of Events | Thursday, May 2, 2019  |  Trois Gallery, ACA Library of SCAD Atlanta

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Petting Zoo and Viewer's Choice

Drop by throughout the day to view 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.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Teaching with Artists' Books | Faculty Panel Presentation and Q&A

Join us for a panel presentation with some of our own SCAD faculty who make and teach with artists' books. Don't forget to stop by the Artists' Book Gallery to see faculty work on display.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation with Juror Jerushia Graham

Juror, Jerushia Graham, will announce the winners of the 12th Annual Artists' Book Competition including the viewer's choice award! This is a great opportunity to hear the winners speak about their work and inspiration.

5:00 p.m. - Reception

Celebrate the competition winners with light refreshments.


Schedule of Events | Friday, May 3, 2019  |  Trois Gallery, ACA Library of SCAD Atlanta

Drop in for a day of workshops where we will be making zines and notebooks to donate to at risk youth organizations. You will learn a new bookmaking skill and help make someone's day with a handmade journal.


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 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 - 9 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 19, 2019.

*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