Books Undone 2: The Art of Altered Books


Call for Entries

Artists using books as a medium are invited to enter Books Undone 2. We anticipate a diverse exhibition of book forms that stretch the idea of the altered book. With books as a medium, artists may deconstruct, paint, stitch, photograph, bend, roll, collage, knit, digitally rework, gouge, or use other methods to create their works. Deadline for entries is February 29, 2024. The juror is Scott McCarney.


  • Entry page opens: February 1, 2024
  • Deadline for entries: February 29, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Notification of acceptance: March 21, 2024
  • Delivery of accepted work: April 8 – May 1, 2024
  • Public Reception: Sunday, June 2, 2024
  • Exhibition dates: May 30 – July 21, 2024
    The Gallery will be closed July 3 – 7, 2024
  • Work returned to artists (via shipping) beginning July 25, 2024

Cash Awards

  • 1st place – $750
  • 2nd place – $500
  • 3rd place – $250


  • Age 18+
  • Original work completed within the last five years (2019 - 2024)
  • Artists may submit up to 3 works
  • No size restrictions (if hand-delivered, the freight elevator is 93" l x 69" w x 106" h, with load capacity of 4,500 lbs)
  • All work submitted for jurying must be available for exhibition
  • All work must remain on exhibit until the end of the exhibit, July 21, 2024
  • Only juror accepted work will be exhibited; no substitutions
  • Accepted work must be professionally presented and installation-ready. Any objects containing varnish or polyurethane must be cured for a minimum of six weeks prior to delivery.

The Gallery reserves the right to return work that is not of acceptable quality, differs significantly from the images submitted, is not original, is not installation ready, or is deemed unstable.


$20 for up to three entries (non-refundable). Entry fees may be paid online or by check made payable to Penn College and mailed to The Gallery at Penn College, DIF 68, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701


Entry of artwork and payment of entry fee do not guarantee acceptance into exhibit. Not all works will be accepted and you will be notified if your works have been accepted by March 21, 2024.

Delivery and Shipping

Accepted artwork must be received by May 1, 2024.

Artists are responsible for delivery and pickup of artwork and any associated shipping costs. We prefer Fed-Ex or UPS. Include a return shipping label with your box. Artwork shipped to the Gallery will be returned beginning July 25, 2024. Art should be sent in sturdy, reusable containers for safe shipping. Shipping address will be sent to accepted artists.

Artwork may be hand-delivered during open Gallery hours or by appointment.

All artwork must be delivered between April 8 – May 1, 2024.


Artwork may be for display/exhibition only or for sale at the sole discretion of the artist. The Gallery at Penn College will not transact the sale of any work, but will make prices available upon request. No commission will be collected, and buyers will be referred to the artist. All work must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition.

How to Apply

Review the preparation instructions below, then apply online by clicking the Enter button.

The entry page will open on February 1, 2024.
Deadline for entries: February 29, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Preparing your submission for upload

The following information is required for each uploaded work on the online form:
title, date, medium, dimensions, description.

Up to three original works may be submitted per artist. Up to two details/alternate views may be submitted per piece, therefore an artist may upload up to nine files. The $20 entry fee covers all three works.

Image files:

  • Files must be under 3MB each
  • JPG or JPEG format only.
  • Suggested minimum file size: 72 dpi, 1000 x 1000 pixels

Use last name, entry number, and condensed title. Use no spaces or commas; use underscores between words as follows

  • Primary image: LastName_Entry#_Title.jpg 
    Example entry 1: Smith_1_GreatEscape.jpg
    Example entry 2: Smith_2_Magical.jpg
  • Details:  LastName_Entry#_TITLE_Detail#.jpg
    Example entry 1, detail 1: Smith_1_GreatEscape_Detail1.jpg
    Example entry 2, detail 2: Smith_2_Magical_Detail2.jpg

Images should accurately represent work. Poor quality images are more likely to be eliminated due to the jurying process; please

Other Upload Requirements

Artists must submit an artist's statement (max. 150 words) and a bio (max. 125 words) with their submission. If accepted, these will be used in the exhibition (either on display or in a booklet).


All works will be insured against theft and damage at the stated insurance value from the time of their delivery to the time of their departure.

Photography Release

Pennsylvania College of Technology may photograph, digitally distribute, or reproduce the entries for educational, catalogue and publicity purposes, giving credit to the owner.

Selection process

Our goal is to make the process of jurying efficient and fair. The independent juror will select the works of art to be included in the exhibition from the qualified entries through a blind jurying process. All work accepted is the result of the decision of the judge based on the merit of each individual submission. We anticipate accepting 50 - 60 works for the exhibit.

About the Juror

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator living in Rochester, New York. He received formal design training at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, in the 1970s, and earned an advanced degree in photography from the University at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, in the 1980s. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media: from offset and digital printing to sculptural and site-specific installation. His works are widely distributed and can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Art Gallery, among others. His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied: in person (New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America) and online (wherever). He retired in 2020 after 16 years of teaching in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Books Undone 2018

Read more about the first Books Undone exhibition, held in 2018.


Penny Lutz, Director

Contact the gallery if you need assistance with your entry.