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.
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