Book As Art 2015

The Book as Art 3.0: No Jacket Required

Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance
and the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
An Event of the 2015 AJC Decatur Book Festival

The Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
101 W. Court Square [MAP]

July 24-Sept. 18
Gala opening reception Thursday, Sept. 3

Gallery Hours:
Monday • 1-3 pm
Tuesday • Noon-5 pm
Wednesday • 8 am-1 pm
Thursday • Noon-5 pm
Friday • 9 am-4 pm

The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA), in conjunction with the gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is bringing the third edition of the juried exhibition, The Book as Art, to the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The exhibition is a visual component of the festival and the show’s dates, from July 24 through Sept. 18, bookend the festival dates of Sept. 4–6.

3.0 of The Book as Art again emphasizes the art form that can be a delight to the eye, a pleasure to the hand, and made tangible in forms that introduce us not only to new interpretations of an ancient concept but also to questions and ideas on 21st century form and format. 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)

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur’s gallery location on the square in downtown Decatur in the heart of the festival area is ideally accessible to the 85,000 attendees. The festival’s attendance testifies to the fact that books are cherished by multitudes in tangible and touchable form even as they morph into new forms and formats.

Jurors are Margot Ecke, Athens, GA; Arlyn Ende, Sewanee, TN; and Jeff Rathermel, Minneapolis, MN.

Exhibit Preview

Flip through the embedded PDF to view this year’s works and the artists statements.

For additional information please contact or call 404-371-9583.

The Book as Art Artists

Charlene Asato, Mountain View, Hawaii
Marc Addison Brown, Centennial, Colorado
John Deamond, Burtonsville, Maryland
Lindsey Dunnagan, Fort Worth, Texas
Geraldine Craig, Manhattan, Kansas
Elmile “Annie” Donovan, Tallahassee, Florida
Stacy Elko, Lubbock, Texas
Aaron Frondorf, Kansas City, Missouri
Ania Gilmore, Lexington, Massachusetts
Francine Goodfriend, Santa Rosa, California
Fred Hagstrom and Stan Honda, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Karen Hardy, Asheville, North Carolina
Candace Hicks, Nacodoches, Texas
Shireen Holman, Montgomery Village, Maryland
Sarah Hulsey, Somerville, Massachusetts
Jess Jones, Decatur, Georgia
Lauri Jones, Decatur, Georgia
Rachel Kirk, Ellensburg, Washington
Carole Kunstadt, West Hurley, New York
Isabel Lederman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Susan Lenz, Columbia, South Carolina
Woody Leslie, Chicago, Illinois
Macey Ley, Atlanta, Georgia
Cynthia Lollis, Decatur, Georgia
Susan Makov, Salt Lake City, Utah
Danielle McCoy, Atlanta, Georgia
Barry O, Athens, Ohio
Lynn Skordal, Mercer Island, Washington
Mathew Sutter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Barbara Tetenbaum, Portland, Oregon
Arlene Tribbia, Chicago, Illinois
Melissa Wagner-Lawler, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Jurors

Margot Ecke is the owner of Smokey Road Press, a letterpress and binding studio in Athens, Georgia. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Cornell University. She received a Professional Printing Certificate from the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and completed her training by earning her Diploma in Bookbinding at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. Ecke was the Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York from 2004-2006, where she interned at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler. She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, the North Bennet Street School and the Ink Shop. She was an Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of Georgia from 2006–2009. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Arlyn Ende has for five decades curated exhibitions, created fiber artworks, and designed and edited books of her own and for other artists in New York, New Orleans, and in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she currently maintains a studio. Her commissioned textiles are found in public and private permanent collections across the United States, and her fiber collages are exhibited internationally. In 2006, during Ende’s tenure as director of the University of the South Art Gallery, she organized and co-curated with Wellesley College’s Ruth R. Rogers the Beyond Words exhibition and colloquium in Sewanee. This ground-breaking juried exhibition of artists’ books by American, Canadian, British and Russian artists introduced the scope and vitality of the genre to enthusiastic audiences region-wide. Purchase Awards from Beyond Words established a growing collection of contemporary handmade artists’ books in the Jessie Ball DuPont Library and Archives at the University of the South.

Jeff Rathermel received an MFA in printmaking, hand papermaking, and book arts from the University of Minnesota in 2000, and a BFA in printmaking with a minor in Art History from the University of Minnesota in 1997. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the country, including Metaphor Taking Shape: Poetry, Art and the Book at Yale University; Jeff Rathermel: Recent and Revisited at Carleton College; Road Trip: A Minnesota/Oregon Book Arts Exchange at Lane College in Eugene, Oregon; and Action/Interaction: Book/Arts at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago. His work is included in many public collections, including Yale University, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Museum of American Art, and Walker Art Center. He has served as Affiliate and Adjunct faculty at the College of Visual Arts, the University of Minnesota Department of Art, Carleton College Department of Art, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. A recognized artist and expert on book arts, Rathermel also serves as Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

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, is a founding sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, and in 2015 continues the success of The Book as Art as an event of the 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; email; or visit

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, is at One West Court Square, Suite 100, Decatur, GA 30030. For information, visit

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.