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.

Click here for full event information and images from this year’s 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. The DAA strives to deliver a fresh full-spectrum arts experience throughout the year and provides a collaborative environment where artists thrive. The Decatur Arts Festival is a cornerstone event of the Decatur Arts Alliance The Decatur Arts Alliance was founded in 1989 and 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 admin@decaturartsalliance.org.

Georgia Center for the Book is the state affiliate of Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Center, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2013, was chartered in early 1998 with the DeKalb County Public Library serving as its host and sponsor. The Center’s mission is the support of libraries, literary programs and literature, particularly Georgia’s rich literary heritage. In 2007, the Center received the prestigious Boorstein Award from Center for the Book in Washington in recognition of its innovative literary programming and literacy efforts. The Center partners with many statewide organizations including the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the University of Georgia Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Agnes Scott College, Emory University, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Humanities Council, Project WET at the Department of Natural Resources, DeKalb History Center and many others. Georgia Center for the Book has become the largest non-profit literary presenting organization in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation. Its many free programs reach nearly 90,000 people around the state.

DeKalb Library Foundation is a non-profit foundation that provides support for DeKalb County Public Library beyond public funding, and works to enrich the lives of DeKalb County citizens through educational, cultural and literary programs and services. The Foundation provides funding, not covered by tax dollars, for literacy and cultural programs and supplements the books and materials fund. DeKalb Library Foundation envisions the DeKalb County Public Library as a resource for a lifetime of learning that will build an educated, informed DeKalb community.

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 visitdecaturgeorgia.com 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.