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Artists' Book Collection - SCAD Libraries - Atlanta: Annual Artists' Book Symposium and Competition

This guide will help you use library tools to find information and inspiration for your research on artists' books.

2023 SCAD Libraries Artists' Book Competition

 May 12, 2023
*Artists' book submission dates: April 3-28, 2023

Need artists' book inspiration or want to learn more about the student competition? Contact SCAD Library Special Collections

Student Artists' Book Competition

Calling all SCAD students! 

This competition is open to all SCAD Students at any campus including SCADnow students. Enter up to three artists' books into our upcoming juried Artists' Book Competition. Your winning book could be selected for purchase and included in the SCAD Libraries - growing Artists' Book Collection!

What is an artists' book and what can I enter? 
Artists' books are works of art that utilize, challenge, defy, reference, or embrace the book as a mode of artistic expression. They 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 can be added to the competition!

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 or zines or miniature books? We want to see them all!

Looking for inspiration? 

Below is a fantastic opportunity to interact with artists’ books and gain inspiration for the upcoming Artists’ Book Competition:

Artists’ Books and Beyond
Thursday, April 13 @ 1-2 PM EDT
In-Person, SCAD Library Atlanta 413

Contact Special Collections for more opportunities to interact with the collection of artists books, rare books and more. Complete this form to request a consultation.

SCAD Student Artists' Book Competition

To Enter:

Please complete BOTH forms for each item to be submitted.

Artists' Book Competition Submission Guidelines

Steps for Submission: 

  1. Fill out the SCAD Artists' Book Competition Entry Form for each entry (including artist statement).
  2. Print & fill out the Student Artists Book Competition Cover Sheet and attach to each entry.
  3. Students can drop off their submission(s) with the cover sheet(s) at the Jen Library or SCAD Atlanta Library no later than 5:30 pm Friday, April 28, 2023. If submitting by mail, please send to SCAD Atlanta Library.
    Mailing address: 1600 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
    All submissions should be received by April 28, 2023. Please accommodate for shipping time.


  • All entries must have submitted the online form and attached the cover sheet(s) in hard copy to the submission(s).
  • Books made up to one year before the competition date are eligible for entry.
  • A brief artist statement (2-4 sentences) is required for each entry.
  • No food, hazardous materials, or books requiring external equipment (i.e. URLs or flash drives).

Guest Juror: Ashley L. Schick


Ashley L. Schick works in printmaking and paper arts, inspired by the flora and fauna of her neighborhood walks. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, has been installed in film sets, and is held in multiple private and university collections including Vanderbilt, University of Florida, Baylor, and the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel. Schick was an artist’s assistant to sculptor Brian Dettmer and a resident artist in the Creatives Project’s Studio Program. She earned her MFA in Printmaking, where she also worked as the lead printer and constructor for Kiki Smith’s artist book Color Noise. Schick has taught many art and STEAM workshops for students of all ages from children to adults at the High Museum of Art, Georgia Tech, SCAD, Atlanta Printmakers Studio, and the Lovett School. She has completed studio work at Ballinglen Art Foundation in Ireland, the UF Paris Research Center in France, and at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece. Her book, Making Virtual Reality a Reality, co-authored with Alison Valk and Ximin Mi, will be published by ABC-CLIO in the summer of 2023. Schick lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Follow her work online: or @ashleyLschick

2023 Artists' Book Competition

Schedule of Events 

 March 20- May 12, 2023 

Artists' Book Competition Winners Exhibition

SCAD Library, Atlanta, Artists Book Room 

Showcasing works by past winners of the Artists' Book Competition. A portion of the exhibit highlights the work of Ashley L.Schick, this year's juror. 


Thursday, April 13, 2023 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Artists’ Books and Beyond 

In-Person, SCAD Library Atlanta, Room 413 

This is a fantastic opportunity to interact with artists’ books and gain inspiration for the upcoming Artists’ Book Competition. 


Monday, April 3, 2023 - Friday, April 28, 2023  

Artists Book Submissions Due 

SCAD Library Atlanta, Front Desk 

Please follow the steps for submission above and be sure that you meet all the requirements.  

Friday, May 12, 2023 

10:30 AM - 5:30 PM 

2023 Artist’s Book Competition 

  • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM  

Room 317, Building A 

Artists' Book Exhibit and Viewer's Choice Voting 

Browse an interactive showcase of artists’ book entries from this year’s competition and vote for your favorite book in the viewer's choice category. 

  • 2:45-3:45 PM  

Room 319, Building A 

Panel Discussion  

Panelists include faculty members and students of the past competition.

  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Room 319, Building A 

Awards Presentation - Guest Juror: Ashley L. Schick 

Refreshments will be provided following the presentation. 


May 17-June 2023 

2023 Artists’ Book Competition Exhibition 

SCAD Library, Atlanta, Artists Book Room 

Exhibition of works by 2023 winners of the Artists’ Book Competition.