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 5th installment of this program.
Grand Purchase Prize ($500)
Laurie Whitehill Purchase Prize ($375)
Printing History Purchase Prizes ($375 each)
Honorable Mentions ($100 each)
RISD undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students are
invited to enter an artists' book they have completed in the past year
(December 2017 - December 2018).
The winning purchase prizes will be added to the
Fleet Library at RISD's Artists' Book collection.
We are happy to announce that Erica Mena-Landry is this year's juror.
Erica is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and book artist. They hold an MFA in poetry from Brown University, an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa, and an M.Phil in Culture & Criticism from the University of Cambridge. Erica is currently a visiting lecturer in book arts and poetry at Brown University.
Look for the next call in Fall 2019. Thank you!
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.