2017 Exhibit Information


the exhibition

The exhibition is intended to be a recognition of the beauty of the craft and a commitment to the public toward a better understanding of this art form. The exhibition will showcase 50 books and will recognize excellence in craftsmanship and design concept interpretation. Each venue may offer an Opening Reception as well as a People’s Choice Award, encouraging viewers to cast their vote for the binding they find most intriguing in both the OPEN and the SET categories.

A bibliophile is a lover of books and everyone loves books! Bibliophiles recognize that working together as a community makes The Book more visible in the eye of the public. This competition and exhibition is an attempt to unite bibliophiles with the public and together celebrate finely crafted books. The exhibition will travel across the United States. Book enthusiasts who visit the exhibit will walk away with a better understanding and appreciation of a well made and artistically designed book.


2017 Exhibition venues announced!

  • Denver – Denver Public Library – January 5 – 28
  • San Francisco – San Francisco Center for the Book – February 1 – March 4
  • Iowa City – University of Iowa – March 8 – April 19
  • Telluride – Ah Haa School for the Arts – April 24 – May 20
  • Boston – North Bennett Street School – June 8 – July 14
  • Austin* – Austin Public Library – July 26 – August 26
  • Seattle – Seattle Public Library – September 8 – October 28
  • Salt Lake City – University of Utah – November 10 – January 19

*We regret due to circumstances beyond our control, we need to cancel the Austin venue. We plan for Austin to be a major venue in 2020.


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First place: MARK ESSER
Highly Commendable: Titling: Jan Camps
Highly Commendable: Onlay & Inlay: Coleen Curry
Highly Commendable: Endbands: Sol Rébora
Highly Commendable: Unusual Materials: Sialia Rieke
Highly Commendable: Design: Dominic Riley
Highly Commendable: Unique Structure: Luke Hornus



First place: SOL RÉBORA
Second place: PATRICIA OWEN
Highly Commendable: Tooling: Samuel Feinstein
Highly Commendable: Onlay & Inlay: Susan Hulme
Highly Commendable: Use of Materials: Adelene Koh


July 2015 Registration opens
November 2015 Jury members announced
March 1 2016 Registration closes
October 1 2016 Submissions due
January 2017 Awards formally announced
January 2017  Non-exhibition books returned
Full year 2017 Exhibition travels
January 2018 Exhibition books returned

Congratulations to the Open • Set Winners:

and the Commendables: