Call Detail
The Book As Art v.12: Rock, Paper, Scissors
Entry Deadline: 6/17/24
Days remaining to deadline: 5
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $30.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Georgia
Event Dates: 9/5/24 - 10/28/24
Jury Dates: 6/20/24 - 6/28/24

The Book As Art v.12: Rock, Paper, Scissors is the twelfth edition of an art show celebrating books: objects that, in an increasingly digital world, stubbornly survive.

Rock, Paper, Scissors draws its inspiration from the childhood game of chance. This zero-sum game, played with symbols made with the players’ hands, has origins dating back to Han Dynasty China, and later, Japan.

The game can have many variations: number of players, different names, or a reordering of the words: “rock,” “paper,” and “scissors.” Whether these objects are animals or elements, the concept remains the same. By using a simple mathematical formula, hand symbols, and a bit of luck, a decision is produced for the combatants.

The objects in this exhibition should interpret the concept of the book and invite the viewer to look beyond the printed page to where ideas, words, and symbols are transformed and are transfigured. Artists are challenged to look inward and outward, to interpret and embrace the childlike fun of this seemingly simple, classic game that blends history, nature, and mathematics with a bit of luck.

Or, simply give yourself over, and play a game of chance! 1, 2, 3…        

The Book As Art series seeks to showcase beautifully made volumes, sculptural and conceptual interpretations, and one-of-a-kind approaches to the book format. We also encourage artists to submit wall-hung interpretations.

Please note: Shipping artwork may take longer than expected, be more expensive than planned, or may not be accessible to some artists. We welcome international artists to submit works for consideration, but encourage awareness of the potential for complications during the shipping process. Plan to ship early and track carefully if you choose to ship.

Several events are planned throughout the run of the show. The Georgia Center for the Book inaugurated a series of artist talks and discussions in 2020 that will be continued in 2024. Through these presentations, artists were able to talk in depth about their books, and lead us on virtual tours through their volumes. You can review these presentations at, and on the Georgia Center for the Book’s YouTube channel. We encourage exhibiting artists to volunteer for these opportunities to showcase their work.

Sales are encouraged. The DAA handles all sales and collects a 25% commission on all artwork sold as a result of this exhibition. All artwork for sale must be priced by the artist and so stated in the online entry. Please be sure to include the 25% commission for the DAA in your price. The Georgia sales tax will be added at the point of sale.

First Place Award -                             $1,000
Second Place Award -                         $700
Third Place Award -                             $500

Emory University Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive & Rare Book Library Purchase Prize -  Up to $2,000

Dorothy Moye Memorial Award

The Jurors:
Denise Bookwalter works in a range of print media including traditional and digital processes, artist’s books, installations, and dimensional prints. Her artists’ books utilize old and new print technologies to create collaborative artists’ books. Her work has been exhibited and collected in a variety of venues across the country and abroad. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her MFA from Indiana University in Printmaking. Denise currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband and twin girls. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University where she teaches printmaking and is Area Head of the Printmaking Department. She is the director and founder of Florida State University’s artists’ book press, Small Craft Advisory Press.

Elizabeth Castaldo is a New York based artist, printmaker, and bookbinder. Working with collage, drawing, and printmaking she creates works on paper and artist’s books that explore nature and the divine feminine. She has completed residencies at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Proyecto ‘Ace in Buenos Aires Argentina, Arquetopia in Oaxaca Mexico, the Center for Book Arts, NYC and Printmaker’s Open Forum, Oxford PA. Castaldo received her MFA from SCAD Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally including with Proyecto ‘Ace, Saint-Paul de Mausole at Saint-Rémy, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empty Set Gallery, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Center for Book Arts, Saint Joseph’s College, and Landing Contemporary. She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons School of Design and the Center for Book Arts. Her work is held in many private and institutional collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, SCAD, The University of Alberta, Carnegie Mellon University, Yale University, and others.

Virginia Howell is the director of the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Prior to this position she served as the Education Curator for the museum since 2013. Howell has a Master’s Degree in history from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. in History and American Studies from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She has been a museum educator for twenty years: beginning at Reynolda House, Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, as program coordinator at the North Carolina State Capital, and ten years at Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, North Carolina. As Education Curator at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking, she expanded programming for school audiences, increased outreach opportunities to Georgia Tech students and faculty, and developed a homeschool workshop series that explores the many different uses of paper. In her role as Director of the museum, she seeks to support the mission of the museum to “collect, preserve, increase, and disseminate knowledge about papermaking—past, present, and future.”

The Organizers:
Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) connects residents, businesses, tourists, and artists to increase arts access and engagement in the city of Decatur, GA. Founded in 1989, the nonprofit produces the annual Decatur Arts Festival, numerous city-wide public art programs, and in 2024 continues the success of The Book As Art that began as an event of the book festival. The DAA provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups and performance venues within the city - helping to make Decatur home to a strong arts community. The Decatur Arts Alliance is supported by membership and sponsorship, along with proceeds from the Decatur Arts Festival and the Decatur Wine Festival. To contact the Decatur Arts Alliance call 404-371-9583, email, or visit

The Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library and the Georgia Center for the Book are located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030. For information, visit, and, or call 404.370.3070, ext. 2225.

The Location:
The City of Decatur, Georgia is located just east of and adjacent to the city of Atlanta’s in-town communities and near the metro area suburbs. With more than 200 shops and restaurants in commercial districts around the Square and in historic Oakhurst Village, Decatur is a popular shopping, dining, entertainment, and arts destination. Twenty-four thousand residents live in Decatur’s quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods and downtown condominiums, and as the DeKalb County seat, this thriving commercial community is the epicenter of county business.

Application Requirements

All entries will be submitted digitally through (CaFÉ).

All entries are to be submitted digitally through (CaFÉ). Please retain a copy of the information you provide on the entry form. 

If you have not registered previously with CaFÉ, setting up your portfolio is free.  For one fee of $30, artists may enter to The Book as Art up to three artworks, each on a separate entry form, and each may include up to five images. After completing the entry information, a credit card number or PayPal account will be required to confirm the entry process for the first submission. If second and third artworks (optional) are entered for consideration, the entry fee will be waived by use of a coupon code per instructions on the CaFE website.

Entries will be active on the CaFÉ website beginning April 29, 2024, and must be completed by 11:59PM MDT on June 17, 2024.

Each entry will receive the jury’s decision via a separate CaFÉ email, no later than Friday, July 19, 2024. It is the artist’s responsibility to monitor their CaFÉ account where all submissions will be listed and marked either invited or not under “My CaFÉ Entries.”

Therefore, applicants should keep a record of each artwork's application number, as this identifier will be used to announce the accepted works. Please retain a copy of the information you provide on the entry form.

CaFÉ requires that all images conform to a specific format. Before you begin the entry process, review CaFÉ’s instructions and tutorials.

For technical assistance with your entry, please see, or contact 

For questions about exhibition guidelines, please contact



• Contact information including mailing address, telephone number, email address, and website address (if applicable)

• Title of work submitted and year the work was completed

• Brief statement about the work. This may include descriptive material. Limit to 75 words.

• Up to five images of the work submitted for jurying. The five images may include one video. If the work is in standard book format, it must include an image of the book closed and one of the book opened. If applicable, it should include an image of how the work is presented. Other detailed images are optional, but all submitted images must be formatted to the specifications outlined on the CaFÉ website. ( *

  • By submitting images of your work, you give permission to the Decatur Arts Alliance to use the images for publicity in the organizations’ websites, digital publications, press releases, DAA publications (both print and electronic), and an online catalogue of the exhibition.

• Information on size of the edition (i.e., whether this is a one-of-a-kind piece or one of a limited edition)

• Image list titled to correspond to the portfolio images submitted. Please include full photography credits as well as title, dimensions, and description of each work.

• Presentation/installation requirements for the work submitted, including any special fixtures required.


Each entry will receive the jury’s decision via a separate CaFÉ email, no later than Friday, July 19, 2024. At the same time, jury decisions will also be posted on CaFÉ under “My CaFÉ Entries.” Therefore, artists must monitor their CaFÉ account where entries will be listed and marked as either invited or not invited.  It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to confirm the correct corresponding application number, if multiple applications were submitted.  Applicants not chosen will also be notified. We do not provide feedback or comments on the art, both selected or rejected. No phone calls, please. Images of accepted work will be retained by the DAA for archival purposes.

Instructions for the delivery and return shipment of artwork will be included with the acceptance notifications sent via CaFÉ.  An electronic consignment form will be sent from the Decatur Arts Alliance using Adobe to the email address associated with the CaFÉ account.

Shipped artwork must be received no later than Friday, August 23, 2024. If a local artist would like to arrange an in-person drop-off of their artwork, they must coordinate a date and time directly with the gallery staff.

Please note: All works must be delivered with all hardware/stands necessary for secure and stable display in the gallery space. In some cases, artists may be asked to personally install 3D works for display security.

Eligibility Criteria

Artists are invited to enter original, limited edition original, or altered books. Participating items will be selected from submitted entries by a panel of three jurors on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution. The sponsors are the final authority on eligibility. All works must be the work of the entering artist. Artwork previously showcased in this exhibition is ineligible for inclusion again. Collaborative projects are eligible, with the names of all participating artists included in the statement or description of the work.

Artists are invited to participate in a juried exhibition of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works. Artwork will be chosen from submitted entries by a panel of three jurors on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution.

  • All works must be original and completed within the last five years.
  • Works to be hung must be ready for hanging with any necessary hardware in place.
  • Two-dimensional artwork should be no larger than 4 ft. tall and 5.5 ft. wide. Three-dimensional work should be no taller than 6 ft. tall and 6.5 ft. wide. NO WORK should weigh more than 50 lbs.