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 that tease and cajole people to consider the intricacies of paper, ink, words, and meaning.
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Best of Show– Book Marks: An Artist’s Card Catalog, by Barbara Page, Trumansburg, NY
First Place– Based on Your Current Trajectory Second Place– I Look at the World
by Rachel Simmons, Orlando, FL by Tennille Shuster, Macon, GA
Two to Tango, by Charlene Asato, Mountain View, HI
Graphite Hands, by Deborah Phillips Chodoff, Katonah, NY
Bird Totem, by Marcia Vogler, Charlotte, VT
Magic, the admirable book of insects, by Ermina Marasca Soccol, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Caldo De Pollo, Gud Soya, & Spiced Buttermilk, by Ben Rubin, Rochester, NY
Meringue, by Macey Ley, Jamaica Plain, MA
Ecorce Interne, by Maja Dokudowicz, Warsaw, Poland
First Place– Words Are Unruly Second Place– Houdini’s Dilemma
by Dorsey Hogg, Burlington, VT by Tony Dagradi, New Orleans, LA
Roundup: The Class of 1929, by Lynn Skordal, La Conner, WA
Methodist Hymnal: Special COVID Edition, by Genevieve Lapp, Sait Louis Park, MN
First Place– Great Expectations: Loosely Knit Second Place– Canopy, No 3
by Gregg Silvis, Newark DE by Bret Garwood, Rochester, NY
Quilters, by Carolyn Shattuck, Rutland, VT
Valle de la Meuse, by Carole Kunstadt, West Hurley, NY
Read the article on Central Library’s Art of the Book exhibit in Fiber Art Now (spring/summer issue, Vol 10, issue 2, 2021).