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Juried Shows

Annual Art of the Book Juried Show

Now on view! Art of the Book & Paper

FFRPL has supported Central Library’s Art of the Book exhibit since the first show in 2011, which was held in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Rochester Public Library. The exhibit has grown to include work from all over the world.

2023 Exhibit (the most extensive show to date!)

The exhibit opened September 18, 2023 and will run through January 8, 2024.

For 2023, there were 192 entries (145 Artist Books; 18 Paper Sculptures; 29 Altered Books).

There are 99 artists total featured in the show (10 artists submitted in more than one category): 19 artists featured in the Altered Books Category; 14 artists featured in the Paper Sculpture

Category; 76 artists featured in the Artist Books Category.

Work came from 27 States in the U.S.

Overall, the show represents work by artists in 10 countries: the United States, Argentina, Scotland, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands and Mexico.

Learn more about Art of the Book & Paper

The Monroe County Library System has thousands of titles (books, Blu-Ray, DVD’s) related to artist books, book making, handmade books, bookbinding, altered books, paper sculpture, creating paper pop-up books and other forms of book art and book arts.

Browse the catalog: roccitylibrary.org

Artist Books

Artist Books are works of art realized in the form of a book. They are often published in small editions, though sometimes they are produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as ‘unique.’ Artist Books have employed a wide range of forms including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas, or loose items contained in a box, as well as bound printed sheets. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist book is primarily a late 20th century art form.

Altered Books

Altered Books are books, old or new, that have been recycled by creative means into a work of art. They can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned…and yes, it is legal. They can also be composed entirely of unique materials.

Paper Sculpture

Paper Sculptures are artworks created as sculptures using paper in some form as the predominant medium. These sculptures are three-dimensional and can be either free-standing or bas relief and would be considered art forms in themselves.  Paper sculpture can be functional or non-functional with attention to pushing the limits of how paper can be used and explores paper in inventive and unique ways.

See the list of winners for the first 10 years of the Art of the Book exhibit

Edible Books Festival and Competition

Annual Rochester Edible Books – 2010-2015

For six consecutive years — from 2010 through 2015 — the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library sponsored the Edible Books Festival and Competition, a unique event to celebrate the joy of reading. It was an opportunity for readers to share their favorite books in their own creative and artistic ways. Contestants were asked to create an edible 3-D sculpture based on the title or theme of a book. Submissions were made from cakes, fruits, vegetables, chocolate, and any other edible items.

The Festival was part of the International Edible Book Festival. It is an annual event held on or around April 1 in honor of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) who was famous for his book Physiologie du Gout (Physiology of Taste). He is quoted as saying, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”