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.


2018 Winners

2018 Art of the Book Program


Best of Show
Sacred Poem XXXV — Carol Kunstadt  West Hurley, NY

1st Place Artist Book
Orbits — Susan Hanson  Murfreesboro, TN

2nd Place Artist Book
Bird — Kristine Bouyoucos  Rochester, NY

Honorable Mention– Artist Book
Change — Janet Reynolds  Houston, TX
In the Garden — Megan Sullivan  Rochester, NY


1st Place Altered Book
Pathfinder — Jessica Ophardt  Hamlin, NY

2nd Place Altered Book
Self Culture — Lynn Skordal  LaConner, WA

Honorable Mention Altered Book
176 Ripples — Chris Perry  Ridgefield, CT
Flowing Water — Gregg Silvis  Newark, DE
Tea Readings — Annie Zeybekoglu  Boston, MA
Great Expectations — Gregg Silvis  Newark, DE



2017 Winners

2017 Art of the Book Program