Open•Set

OPEN•SET COMPETITION & EXHIBITION    2020

 

WHAT IS OPEN • SET?

The OPEN • SET competition and exhibition is a triennial event in the United States, featuring finely crafted design bookbindings. Sponsored by the American Academy of Bookbinding, it is designed to encourage both new binders and professionals, and is open to binders around the world. OPEN • SET 2020 offers prizes and acknowledgement in two categories: participants may choose to bind a book of their choice in the Open Category, or bind a book that the competition provides in the Set Category. Entries are limited to one book per category, per binder.

Binders from all levels and cultures are invited to participate, as OPEN • SET is not limited to citizens of the United States nor to students or affiliates of AAB. All entries will be reviewed by a blind jury of three professional binders. The three members for the jury are Monique Lallier, Mark Esser, and Patricia Owen.

2020 EXHIBITION VENUES!

New York City – The Grolier Club
San Francisco – The American Bookbinders Museum
Salt Lake City – Marriot Library, University of Utah
Austin – Austin Public Library

ABOUT THE SET BOOK

The Set Book for the competition is Happy Abstract, a letter from William Blake, a commissioned work designed and printed by Russell Maret, a highly recognized artist and letterpress printer from New York.

REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 15, 2018

 

awards

OPEN

First place $3000
Second Place $2000
Third Place $1000

SET

First place $3000
Second Place $2000
Third Place $1000

HIGHLY COMMENDABLE

Multiple Highly Commendable recognition prizes of $100 are awarded to bindings that exhibit an extraordinary implementation of a particular feature of the binding such as headbands, onlays, inlays, design, use of unusual materials, unusual structure, tooling, etc. We appreciate Harmatan and J Hewit for their generous sponsorship of these commendable awards.

 

timeline

August 1, 2018: Registration opens
May 1, 2019: Registration closes
September 1, 2019: Submission due
September 2019: Jury review
November 2019: Non-exhibition books returned
Full year 2020: Exhibition travels
January 2021: Exhibition books returned

2020 Entry Information  |  2020 Registration  |  2020 Submission Information

 

Open Set Competition & Exhibition Catalog 2017