The Book As Art 2017

Book as Art: Illuminated
August 11–September 29 | open during library hours
The Periodicals Gallery of the Decatur Library
215 Sycamore St., Decatur, Ga.

Artist books take many forms – from handmade and lusciously tactile to linear and informative, abstract and questioning to sculptural and monumental. This juried show celebrates the book with a wildly varied collection of inventive and spectacular work that challenges expectations.

This is an exhibition that has been described by critics as, “wildly eclectic” and finding “. . . new and often startling ways to reimagine not just the physical format of a book but also the ideological essence of the content.” (ArtsATL, “Year in Review,” Dec. 31, 2014); approaching “sheer aesthetic magic” (Jerry Cullum, ArtsATL, “Books Become Magical Objects, Aug. 28, 2013); and with examples that “. . .push boundaries and challenge expectations in ways that are both startling and exhilarating.” (Jeff Stafford, Burnaway, “Art as Books, Books as Art,” Aug. 25, 2014)

Opening Reception

Friday, Aug. 25 | 7–9 pm

Join us to view and celebrate the spectacular work in this exhibit.

Information about other exhibition events will be available closer to the dates of the exhibit. Click here for information about artist submissions.

Click here for information and images from the 2016 exhibition.

The Organizers

Decatur Arts Alliance 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 and is a founding sponsor of the AJC Decatur 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, and 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.

To contact the Decatur Arts Alliance, call 404-371-9583 or email

The Place

The City of Decatur, Georgia, is just six miles east of downtown Atlanta and is easily accessible from all over the Atlanta metro area. MARTA’s Decatur rail station is directly beneath the downtown square. With more than 200 shops and restaurants within walking distance, Decatur is a popular shopping, dining, entertainment, and arts destination. See to learn more.

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country. In 2014, the AJC-DBF drew more than 600 world-class authors and 85,000 festival-goers to the historic downtown Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more.