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Rhode Island School of Design

Annual Student Artists’ Book Juried Contest and Exhibition: 3rd Contest & Exhibit


Who May Participate?

The contest is open to current undergraduate and graduate Rhode Island School of Design students.

About the Entries:

  • All entries must be original work by the artist.
  • Only one entry per student.
  • Entries must have been completed between January 2016 and January 2017.

How and When to Enter:

Entries are due by January 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm.  


Fill out online entry form and bring artists’ book to:

Archives and Special Collections Reading Room

Fleet Library, 2nd Floor, Room 201


Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30 pm.


For More Information, Please Contact:

Claudia Covert or Ariel Bordeaux

Special Collections

Fleet Library, 2nd Floor, Room 201



1st - $500 

   Stephanie Winarto -  When Astronomy Grew Ears

2nd - $375

   Niya Sun - Murmurs of Earth

$300 Memorial Award

   Aaron Teves - The House Under a Crazy Star

 $250 Laurie Whitehill Award

   Charity Appell McNabb - Gathering for Meaning

Special Recognition: Gift Membership to the American Printing History Association

   Maisie Wills - Oda a la Tipografía


Images of all of the entries can be found in RISD Digital Commons.

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General Information

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited

to enter an artists' book they have completed in the past year

(January 2016 - January 2017).


The winning entries will be added to the

Fleet Library at RISD's Artists' Book collection.

Purchase prizes:

1st - $500

2nd - $375

Memorial Award - $300

Laurie Whitehill Award - $250


Special Recognition: 

Gift Membership to the American Printing History Association


All entries will be on exhibit from January 31 to May 12, 2017.


Prizes will be awarded during the exhibit opening on

February 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm, 1st floor of the Library.

Pick Up:

Items not added to the Fleet Library at RISD collection can be picked up on or after May 15, 2017 at noon. Items must be picked up by June 1, 2017. If this is not possible please contact us to make arrangements.



Nafis M. White & García Sinclair

Thank you to our sponsors! 

About the Memorial Award

The James Enrico White & Luzia de Fatima do Rego Furtado Ferreira de Oliveira Memorial Award for Outstanding Artist in honor of the late parents of RISD students Nafis M. White & García Sinclair, Sculpture 2015.


This award honors the achievement of a current RISD student using book arts as medium for exemplary and daring exploration into both concept and materiality. The James Enrico White & Luzia de Fatima do Rego Furtado Ferreira de Oliveira Memorial Award honors the bravery and perseverance of the namesakes who fought against great personal barriers including systemic racism, gender inequality, anti immigration laws, and social economic injustice.


We hope that this prize inspires the recipient to push further in their work to break their own boundaries and make a resounding mark on this world. The award is $300 as a seed for change.


By submitting an entry from, you are acknowledging that you are exhibiting your work at your own risk, and releasing RISD, and their employees, from any and all liability for my work. In addition, you are granting permission for any images, video, or other digital forms of the submitted work to be used for publicity, promotion or any other purposes deemed desirable by the Fleet Library at RISD. This includes, but is not limited to, use within the library or RISD, library websites, and social networking websites. You also understand that if your entry is selected, it will be included in the Library’s Collection and will not be returned.