The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) announces a call for artists for the eighth edition of the juried exhibition of artists’ books, The Book as Art, August 28 – October 17, 2020. This edition will be installed once again at the Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library. The show’s dates encompass the AJC-Decatur Book Festival, which takes place each Labor Day weekend throughout the City of Decatur. The DAA will sponsor a festive opening on Friday, August 28, 2020.
Deadline: 29 May 2020
Held in the hand, a book can be a source of stability in unsettled times. Tactile and olfactory, the black and white pages conjure emotions and images that endure longer than flickering light on small screens. From tablet to folio, papyrus to scroll, song to psalm—all are created as a concept that becomes thought, word, book, or sculpture. These objects, in an increasingly digital world, stubbornly survive. The objects in this exhibition will interpret the concept of the book. They will invite the viewer to look beyond the printed page to where ideas, words, and symbols are transformed and are transfigurative. They are expressive, expansive, and iconic and have become form and are infinite.
The Book As Art Artist Benefits
The Book as Art v. 8.0: Infinity’s location at the Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library is just off the Decatur Square, ideally accessible to the more than 85,000 attendees at the Festival and to visitors throughout the run of the show. Several events are planned throughout the run of the show. The DAA will sponsor an opening and juror’s talk on August 28. The library is planning programming including a White Glove Night connected to the closing party on October 16. Viewers can enjoy close-up examination of the artwork and hear selected artists discuss their work. DAA encourages exhibiting artists to attend these functions when possible.
- First Place Award – $1000.00
- Second Place Award – $700.00
- Third Place Award – $500.00
- Merit Award – $100.00
- Purchase awards are being solicited
An online catalogue is anticipated
About Decatur Arts Alliance
Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, residents, and government dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the City of Decatur. Founded in 1989, the Alliance sponsors the annual Decatur Arts Festival. It is a founding sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival and, in 2020, continues the success of The Book as Art that began as an event of the book festival.
The DAA provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups, and performance venues within the city. It helps make Decatur home to a strong arts community. The Decatur Arts Alliance is supported by membership along with proceeds from the Decatur Arts Festival and the Decatur Wine Festival.
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