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Annual Art of the Book Juried Show

Art of the Book

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. There was no exhibit in 2020/COVID.

Central Library’s 2022 Art of the Book & Paper exhibit is on view in the Anthony Mascioli Gallery in Harold Hacker Hall from June 27 through November 1, 2022.

The reception will be Wednesday, September 21, 5:30pm.

Learn more about the 2022 Art of the Book & Paper exhibit.

View/download the 2022 Art of the Book & Paper program.

The 10th annual Art of the Book exhibit was on view in the Anthony Mascioli Gallery in Harold Hacker Hall (in the Rundel Memorial Building) July 9 through November 1, 2021. The 2021 show included work from 73 artists, from 8 countries, in 3 categories: Artist Books, Altered Books, and Paper Sculpture (added as a new category for the 10th anniversary).

Read the article on Central Library’s Art of the Book exhibit in Fiber Art Now

(spring/summer issue, Vol 10, issue 2, 2021).

Read the Fiber Art Now article on AOTB artist Sue Huggins Leopard.

(spring/summer issue, Vol 10, issue 2, 2021).

Learn more about Fiber Art Network – Contemporary Fiber Art & Textiles (fiberartnow.net)

View/download the 2021 Art of the Book Program here

See the list of winners for all 10 years of the Art of the Book exhibit here

Judges Diane Bond, Gerald Mead, and Rachael Gootnick (above, center) selected Memory by Bernard Legendre from France as ‘Best of Show’ for 2021.

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.

First Place, Artist Books, 2021 Great People are the Main Chapter of the Book of Humanity (above), by Leonora Kuisiene, Kaunas, Lithuania

Second Place, Artist Books, 2021Memento Mori (below), by Magdalena Cordero, Santiago, RM Chile

Honorable Mentions, Artist Books, 2021:
Behind Closed Doors, by Tennille Shuster, Macon, GA
Press/Crush, by Deborah Phillips Chodoff, Katonah, NY
How Lucky Am I: White Privilege, by Susan Lenz, Columbia, SC
Twisted: How to Heal Complicated Relationships, by Melanie Mowinski, Williamstown, MA
Southland Odyssey, by Charlotte Bird, San Diego, CA

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.

First Place, Altered Books, 2021 – One Thousand Origami Cranes (above), by Beverly Hettig, Penfield, NY

Second Place, Altered Books, 2021Bound to History (below), by Dorsey Hogg, Burlington, VT

Honorable Mentions, Altered Books, 2021:
Kinotaphio, by Ioannis Anastasiou, Athens, Greece
Conversation Tropicale, by Pamela Spiteri, Penfield, NY
Delicious, by Dorsey Hogg, Burlington, VT

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.

First Place, Paper Sculpture, 2021 – Proof of Absence (above), by Maja Dokudowicz, Warszawa, Poland

Second Place, Paper Sculpture, 2021 – Secrettes (below), by Jacob Wan, Orlando, FL

Honorable Mentions, Paper Sculpture, 2021:
Sacred Poem LXXXIX, by Carole Kunstadt, West Hurley, NY
The Parallel of You, by Gina Pisello, Carlsbad, CA
Shelter, by Sarah Grace Dye, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Great Britain

See the list of winners for all 10 years of the Art of the Book exhibit here


Annual Rochester Edible Books – 2010-2015

Edible Books Festival and Competition

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.”