Entries being accepted for Artists' Books Competition of Friends of the UNT Libraries

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Denton County residents and University of North Texas faculty, staff and students may enter their best works of art that are in the form of books to the fourth Artists' Books Competition and Exhibition sponsored by the Friends of the UNT Libraries. The competition deadline is Nov. 30 (Wednesday).

Artists' books date to the early medieval period and may be created with handwritten texts that are merged with illustrations, fabric covers, scrolls, fold-out content or loose items contained in a box. These books may or may not have content that can be read, and may be produced as one-of-a-kind objects.

The Friends of the UNT Libraries last sponsored an Artists' Books Competition and Exhibition in 2005. All entries to this year's competition must have been created within the last two years, and all forms of media are welcome, although the books may not exceed 6 feet in any direction. Individuals may enter up to three books, and no jury fees will be charged.

All entries from UNT students will be eligible for a $400 purchase award, which will be granted at the discretion of the competition's jurors. The winning artists' book will become a permanent addition to the UNT Libraries' Rare Book and Texana Collections, and will be displayed in the Rare Book Room on the fourth floor of UNT's Willis Library.

Winning entries submitted by Denton County residents and UNT faculty and staff members will be displayed in the Rare Book Room from January through June 2012.

For complete entry details, go to http://www.library.unt.edu/external-relations/news/artists-books and download an entry form. For more information, contact Kristin Boyett, special events coordinator for the UNT Libraries, 940-565-2486 or Kristin.Boyett@unt.edu.

Note to editors: Images of winning books from the 2005 competition are at http://www.library.unt.edu/rarebooks/rare-books-exhibits/abpast/artistsbooks2006.

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