In 2011, we held the first Art of the Book exhibit in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Rochester Public Library. At the time, we wanted to celebrate what has been at the core of libraries for centuries–the book. We marveled over the intricate interpretations of this humble format, and we were thrilled with the response to the exhibit from the community.

In subsequent years, the exhibit has grown to include entries from all over the world, featuring well-known artists for their exquisite work. We have built a reputation worldwide among book artists, and we are so pleased to see that reputation upheld.

Books continue to ensnare the imagination, both for their form and content. Artists manipulate those two components to create breathtaking, mind-bending works of art which tease and cajole people to consider the intricacies of paper, ink, words, and meaning.

Submit your entry for the next Art of the Book

The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County is currently accepting entries for the 2018 Art of the Book Exhibit. The 2018 Art of the Book Exhibit will be held November 7, 2018- January 9, 2019.

2018 Prospectus

Online Application

Questions? Contact, or call Alicia at 585-428-8063.

2017 Winners

2017 Art of the Book Program