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About the Exhibition

The Book As Art v. 12: Rock, Paper, Scissors
Show Run: September 5–October 28, 2024 • Decatur, Georgia

The Decatur Arts Alliance presents the twelfth edition of the juried exhibition of The Book as Art, which will be installed in the newly renovated fourth-floor gallery at the Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library, home to the Georgia Center for the Book. The Book as Art series seeks to showcase beautifully made volumes, sculptural and conceptual interpretations, and one-of-a-kind approaches to the book format. We also encourage artists to submit wall-hung interpretations.

An opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2024.

Entries will be accepted April 29–June 17, 2024 through (CaFÉ).

Project Summary

The Book As Art: Rock, Paper, Scissors is the twelfth edition of an art show celebrating books: objects that, in an increasingly digital world, stubbornly survive.

Rock, Paper, Scissors draws its inspiration from the childhood game of chance. This zero-sum game, played with symbols made with the players’ hands, has origins dating back to Han Dynasty China, and later, Japan.

The game can have many variations: number of players, different names, or a reordering of the words: “rock,” “paper,” and “scissors.” Whether these objects are animals or elements, the concept remains the same. By using a simple mathematical formula, hand symbols, and a bit of luck, a decision is produced for the combatants.

The objects in this exhibition should interpret the concept of the book and invite the viewer to look beyond the printed page to where ideas, words, and symbols are transformed and are transfigured. Artists are challenged to look inward and outward, to interpret and embrace the childlike fun of this seemingly simple, classic game that blends history, nature, and mathematics with a bit of luck.

Or, simply give yourself over, and play a game of chance! 1, 2, 3…

Site Description

The Book As Art will exhibit in the Fourth Floor Gallery at the Decatur Branch of the Dekalb County Public Library, located at 215 Sycamore Street.  The exhibition will run from September 5 – October 28, 2024.

Design Criteria

Artists are invited to enter original, limited edition original, or altered books. Participating items will be selected from submitted entries by a panel of three jurors on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution. All submissions must be the work of the entering artist. Collaborative projects are eligible, with the names of all participating artists included in the statement or description of the work.


Prizes for Best of Show, Second and Third Place will be awarded by a jury during the exhibition. Cash prize for Best of Show is $1,000, Second Place is $700, Third Place is $500. Purchase awards totaling $2,500 will be selected by the City of Decatur.


Applications Open: April 29, 2024
Application Deadline: June 17, 2024
Artist Invitations/Notifications Deadline: July 19, 2024
Artwork Received Deadline: August 23, 2024
Exhibition Dates: September 5 – October 28, 2024
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 2024

How to Apply 

Artists are invited to submit an application through (CaFÉ).  There is an application fee of $30, with which artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.  Each work requires its own unique application, but a coupon code is provided in the application instructions that permits 2 additional submissions without charge.  For each application, artists are required to include 1-5 images of the submitted artwork and/or may include 1 video.  The deadline for submission is 11:59pm MST on June 17, 2024.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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