FORMATION Exhibition

2018-2019 Traveling Exhibition

The Guild of Book Workers invites all members to participate in its 2018-2019 traveling juried exhibition, Formation—a theme we hope will invoke a wide array of interpretations. Simply defined by Merriam Webster as “an act of giving form or shape to something,” ‘formation’ can insinuate process, history, creation, change, beginnings, an arrangement, botany and landscape, personal narratives and impersonal storytelling. As artists, designers and craftspeople, it can be difficult at times to separate our most formative experiences from the work we make. People, events, memories all combine to influence the art we make about the world around us, even if our work isn’t explicitly autobiographical. Members are invited to interpret the theme of “formation” as narrowly or broadly, as personally or impersonally, as they wish.


Intent to Enter deadline is August 15, 2017. All entrants must be members in good standing of the Guild of Book Workers at the time of submission and carry a current membership throughout the entire run of the exhibition. Entrants may submit one or two works. Entry fee for the first entry will be $40 and $10 for the second entry. Submitted works must have been created since 2015 and must not have been previously shown in a Guild of Book Workers exhibition.

An Intent to Enter form must be submitted in order to be provided a link to the online submission form. Submissions will be accepted from January 1-March 1, 2018. Works will be juried from digital images. Artists will be notified of selection by April 15, 2018. Jurors will be Sarah Smith, Coleen Curry, and Graham Patten.

Protective Boxes
All works must be submitted in a custom fitted clamshell box. Broadsides must be framed and ready to hang using robust frames (metal preferred) and plexiglass (no glass).

Digital Images
Three images will be required for each submission. If submitting a binding: (1) full view of binding showing both covers and spine, (2)full view of interior of binding including paste-downs, and (3) one detail shot. If submitting a broadside, two images will be required: (1) a full view and (2) a detail. Images must be shot against a neutral background and be 72 ppi.

Size Limitations
Books in their protective enclosures may not be larger than 22 inches square and 12 inches deep. Flat or 2D work may not be larger than 24 inches square, framed and housed in its protective enclosure. Sizes are restricted to fit within the Guild’s professional shipping containers. The GBW Exhibitions Committee may disqualify works too fragile or difficult to display, or too heavy to handle safely. We regret that we can not accept work that requires electricity. Installation instructions should be provided with unique or unusual entries.

Each exhibition site will be responsible for insuring the works while in its custody. All entrants are asked to carefully consider values assigned and must be prepared to support this value in the event a claim is made. We ask that assigned values do not exceed $2000. All works will be photographed and condition noted upon receipt.

Exhibition Duration
The show will open in August 2018 and travel to a mix of book arts centers and libraries. Once a work has been selected, it must remain in the show for the full duration. Participants should inform the Exhibitions Chair of any changes of address or other contact information while the show is in progress.

GBW may photograph and use images of all accepted works for promotional purposes related to the Guild and the FORMATION exhibition. This includes a fully illustrated print and online catalog.

GBW will produce a full color printed catalog with photographs and descriptions of each accepted work, as well as biographies of the artists. All exhibition participants will receive a complimentary copy of the printed catalog. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the catalog fundraiser. 

Questions? Contact Jackie Scott
Guild of Book Workers Exhibitions Chair

August 1st, 2018 4:00 PM   through   October 31st, 2019 12:00 AM

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