Each year, Special Collections at RISD Library hosts a juried student artists' book contest to promote engagement with the book arts, investigation of the Library's artists' book collection, and creative production in the book form at RISD. The contest and accompanying exhibition attract between 30 to 50 submissions from RISD undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. All of the entries are displayed in the annual Library exhibit. A team of RISD faculty members and professional artists serves as jurors, selecting prize winners from the submissions. All prizes are purchase awards, and the selected student-made artists' books become part of the Library's collection. This year is the 4th installment of this program.
The call for entries is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2018 to enter the 5th installment of the contest.
EXHIBIT: This year, we received 35 submissions from RISD students. All of the entries were on view on the 1st floor of the Library from January 29 - May 20, 2018.
RECEPTION: February 21, 2018. 6pm in Room 228 (RISD Library, Floor 2).
Congratulations to the 2018 award winners!
Grand Prize ($500): Hole in My Pocket, Kelly Taylor Mitchell (MFA, Printmaking 2018)
Laurie Whitehill Award ($375): The Secret Doors, Runqi Zhu (BFA, Industrial Design 2020)
Printing History Award ($375): Sometimes the Thing You Want Bleeds in the Light, Travis Morehead (BFA, Photography 2020)
Award for Innovative Structure ($375): The Clash, Cecilia Cao (BFA 2021)
Honorable Mentions ($100):
Book of Avatars, Kay Liang (BFA, Printmaking 2019)
For You, Anna McNeary (MFA, Printmaking 2018)
Amy Borezo, Shelter Bookworks [ MFA, PAINT/PRINT, 2000]
Suzi Cozzens, RISD GD
Emma Hogarth, RISD EFS
Check back in January 2018 for more information about the awards.
View all of the entries in RISD's Digital Commons gallery.