Book As Art: Pulp

Book as Art: Pulp
August 10 through September 28, 2018
The Periodicals Gallery of the Decatur Library
215 Sycamore St., Decatur, Ga.

A book begins as a small mass of material, formed and pressed into life by ideas, words, and machines. Pulp becomes paper, becomes thought, becomes word, becomes book, becomes sculpture.

Pulp is the impetus and endgame of these physical book objects. From the tactile complexity of handmade paper, to the sensational tabloid tales of pulp fiction, these objects, in an increasingly digital world, stubbornly survive.

These objects interpret the concept of the book and invite the viewer to look beyond the printed page to where word has become form.

Book As Art: Pulp is the sixth edition of this critically acclaimed artist book exhibition established by the Decatur Arts Alliance in 2013. Entries hail from across the United States and around the world, and from emerging artists as well as recognized masters in the genre. The Book As Art is pleased to present these examples from the finest in the field.

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Opening Reception

Friday, Aug. 24 | 6-8 pm
Join us to view and celebrate the works in this exhibit. Enjoy beverages and light refreshments.

Book Festival Extended Hours

Saturday, Sept. 1 | 9 am-6 pm
Sunday, Sept. 2 | Noon-5 pm

Closing Reception | White Glove Night

Friday, Sept. 28 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Join us for one last look at these works of book art. And we’re putting away the “do not touch” signs. Volunteers will provide participants with white gloves to allow firsthand exploration of the books in the 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

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 to learn more.

2018 Exhibition