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Book as Art v.4: Boundless
Decatur Arts Alliance
P.O. Box 401
Decatur, GA 30031

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Georgia
Entry Deadline: 6/3/16
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 5
Entry Fee (Book as Art v.4: Boundless): $30.00
The Book as Art v. 4.0: Boundless
Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance
Decatur, Georgia
August 19–September 30, 2016

The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) presents the fourth edition of the juried exhibition of artists’ books, The Book as Art, August 19–September 30, 2016. This edition will appear for the first time at Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Library.  The show’s dates, from August 19 – September 30, 2016, encompass the AJC-Decatur Book Festival dates of September 2–4, 2016, which takes place each Labor Day weekend throughout the City of Decatur. The DAA will sponsor a festive opening on Friday, August 26, 2016.
Entries will be open April 15 – June 3, 2016, on
V. 4 of The Book as Art again will emphasize the art form that can be a delight to the eye, a pleasure to the hand, and made tangible in forms that introduce us not only to new interpretations of an ancient concept, but also to questions and ideas on 21st –century form and format.  This is an exhibition that has been described by critics as, “wildly eclectic” and finding “. . . new and often startling ways to reimagine not just the physical format of a book but also the ideological essence of the content.” (ArtsATL, “Year in Review”, December 31, 2014); approaching “sheer aesthetic magic” (Jerry Cullum, ArtsATL, “Books Become Magical Objects”, August 28, 2013); “The Book as Art is an interesting and wildly varied show of beautiful, inventive, carefully wrought, humorous and thoughtful work.” (Donna Mintz, ArtsATL, “The Book is Only the Starting Point”, September 2, 2015); and with examples that “. . .push boundaries and challenge expectations in ways that are both startling and exhilarating.” (Jeff Stafford, Burnaway, “Art as Books, Books as Art”, August 25, 2014).

In 2016 The Book as Art v. 4: Boundless will be presented for the first time at Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library.  The location, just off the Decatur Square, is ideally accessible to the more than 85,000 attendees at the Festival, as well as to visitors throughout the run of the show.
We are interested in showcasing 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.
There will be a program of associated events during the exhibition and all participants will receive a full schedule. The DAA will sponsor an opening and juror’s talk on August 26, 2016, and the library is planning associated programming throughout the run of the show. We encourage exhibiting artists to attend these functions.
The Jurors:
Andrew Glasgow is the retired Executive Director of the American Craft Council. An Alabama native, he received an Art History degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After three years as Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Glasgow joined the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville as the Curator of Education and four years later became the Assistant Director of Blue Spiral 1, a gallery that focuses on the arts and crafts of the South. He returned to the Southern Highland Craft Guild as Director of Programs and Collections before being named Executive Director of The Furniture Society and seven years later was hired as Executive Director of the American Craft Council, then in New York City. He retired in 2009. The Penland School of Crafts recently created the Andrew Glasgow Writers' Residency, which provides time for writers, scholars, and curators to work on topics designed to advance the field of crafts. Glasgow also is a board member of the United States Artists, based in Chicago. He writes widely about furniture and ceramics from his base in Asheville, North Carolina.
Julie Leonard is a bookbinder and artist working in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a faculty member at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She teaches book art processes and techniques, including bookbinding, hand papermaking, letterpress printing, and hand printing. Her most recent work utilizes various forms of writing with visual and sculptural elements to create artist books that consider a personal relationship to place, our physical environment, and how we interact with it. Recent exhibits include the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, Colorado; Viterbo University Gallery, La Crosse, Wisconsin; 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Morrissey Gallery, Davenport, Iowa; Word & Image Gallery, Treadwell, New York; and College Book Art Association Members Show, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work is held in collections including The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Yale University Library, Ringling School of Art and Design, University of Denver Libraries, and The University of Iowa Libraries. Leonard teaches workshops nationally and abroad, including at University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy; Paper & Book Intensive; and Penland School of Crafts; Utah Book Arts Program; Arkansas Art Center; and Jessie Ball DuPont Library and Archives at the University of the South.
Cynthia Delaney Lollis is a professor of printmaking and book arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. She earned her MFA from the University of Georgia and her BA from Mount Holyoke College. Many of Lollis’ artists’ books are collaborations with German artist, Daniela Deeg, under the name ETC Press. Among other publications, their collaborative work claims a chapter in the book, Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists. Lollis’ artwork has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, including a two-person exhibition at Galerie DRUCK & BUCH in Tübingen, Germany. Collectors of her books and prints are museums, national libraries, academic libraries, and private libraries in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lollis is a resident of Decatur.
First Place Award -                $1000.00
Second Place Award -             $700.00
Third Place Award -                 $500.00
Merit Award -                           $100.00
Purchase awards are being solicited.
An online catalogue is anticipated.
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 7% Georgia sales tax will be added at the point of sale.
Submitting an entry form to this exhibition through Call for Entries ( constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions set forth in this prospectus. No work accepted for the exhibition may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. After acceptance, the artist cannot substitute another work for the accepted one or raise the sales price.                 

The Decatur Arts Alliance reserves the right to refuse to install any work that, upon arrival at the Library, differs markedly from the images submitted or that does not, for any reason, meet the exhibitions standards of excellence.                 

By submitting images of your work, you give permission to the Decatur Arts Alliance to use the images for publicity in the organization's websites, digital publications, press releases, and an online catalogue of the exhibition.
All reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure protection of submitted work upon receipt. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition. No liability can be assumed by the DAA during storage or by sponsors or personnel connected to the exhibition for damage incurred or loss of work while in transit. Artists are advised to arrange their own shipping insurance.
Artists are invited to enter original or 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. All works must be the work of the entering artist. Collaborative projects are eligible, and names of all participating artists should be included in the statement or description of the work.
How to enter:
All entries will be submitted digitally through (CaFÉ)
• If you have not registered previously with CaFÉ, setting up your portfolio is free of charge. There is a $30.00 charge for entering up to three items in this exhibition, with up to five images per item. After completing the entry information a credit card number will be required to confirm the entry process.                  
• CaFÉ requires that all images conform to a specific format. The DAA encourages all entrants to review the instructions and tutorials for formatting images and entering before beginning the actual entry process.                 
• Entries will be active on the CaFÉ website April 15 – June 3, 2016, and all entries must be completed by midnight MST on June 3.
• Instructions for submitting entries to The Book as Art can be accessed through the CaFÉ home page ( in the scrolling listings under CaFÉ Listings, as well as through this Call for Entries. Please follow directions carefully. The Call will be posted on April 15, 2016.
• For technical assistance with your entry, please see, or contact
• For questions about exhibition guidelines, please contact
Please retain a copy of the information you provide on the entry form.
• Notification of acceptance will be made via email no later than Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

Participants may enter up to three pieces for one fee. The first entry fee will be paid by credit card, and entrants will use a coupon for second and third entries that are covered by the entry fee. Directions for this process are included in the text of the entry forms.

Submissions will include the following:
• Contact information including mailing address, telephone number, email address, and website address (if applicable)
• Title of each 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 each work submitted for jurying. 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.
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• 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 numbered 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.

*By submitting images of your work, you give permission to the Decatur Arts Alliance  to use the images for publicity in the organization's websites, digital publications, press releases, AJC Decatur Book Festival publications (both'print and electronic), and an online catalogue of the exhibition.

Notification and Return of Entries
Notification of acceptance will be made by email only, no later than July 6, 2016. Instructions for shipment and retrieval of artwork will follow. Applicants not chosen will also be notified. No phone calls, please. 
Images of accepted work will be retained by the DAA for archival purposes. The exhibition will hang from August 19 through September 30, 2016, in the Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, Georgia.

The organizers:
Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, residents and government dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the City of Decatur. Founded in 1989, the Alliance sponsors the annual Decatur Arts Festival, is a founding sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, and in 2016 continues the success of The Book as Art as an event of the book festival. By providing a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups and performance venues within the city, he DAA helps make Decatur home to a strong arts community. The Decatur Arts Alliance is supported by membership, 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 is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030. For information, visit, and, or call 404.370.3070.
The Place:
The city of Decatur, Georgia, is located just east of and adjacent to the city of Atlanta’s intown 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. Nineteen 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.
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