Books Undone

January 10 – February 28, 2018

Call for Entries

The Gallery at Penn College is accepting submissions for a national juried exhibition of altered books. Books Undone: The art of altered books is open to art objects that are created from existing, printed books or parts of books. Artists residing in the United States are invited to submit unique works of art including but not limited to altered books, book objects, collages, sculptures, and installations. Over $1,500 in cash prizes will be awarded!

Entry Deadline: July 15, 2017

Juror of Selection: Jason Thompson

Juror of Awards: Sue O’Donnell


This juried exhibition is open to artists over the age of 18 and residing in the United States. Exhibit is open to art objects that are created from existing, printed books or parts of books. Artists are invited to submit unique or limited edition books including but not limited to altered books, book objects, sculptural objects, and book installations.

Entry Guidelines

Applications accepted online.
Entry fee: $25 for up to three works (non-refundable)

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. Files must be under 3MB and jpg format only.

Preparing your Submission for Upload

Use no spaces or commas; use underscores between words:

Primary image: LastName_Entry#_TITLE.jpg
Details/Alternate view:  LastName_Entry#_TITLE_Detail#.jpg

Example: Smith_1_OpenYourMind.jpg
Smith_1_Open Your Mind_Detail1.jpg
Smith_1_Open Your Mind_Detail2.jpg

Information required for each work: ttle, date, medium, size
Optional information: short description of work. (Artists accepted into show will be asked for description or artist’s statement, and short bio)

Uploading your Submission

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At the end, you will be asked if your submission is complete. You may log back in until
midnight on July 15, 2017 to complete your entry.
Payments are accepted through PayPal. Entry fees not received by midnight on July 15, 2017 will not be juried. If you have any problems with the payment system, please contact The Gallery at Penn College.

Other Details

Art must be original.
Only juror accepted work will be exhibited; no substitutions.
Entry of artwork and payment of entry fee do not guarantee acceptance into exhibit.
All work must remain on exhibit until the end of the exhibit.
All work submitted for jurying must be available for exhibition.


Artwork must fit through 46” wide doorway and not exceed 11’ in height; there are no other restrictions on size.


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

Shipping/Transportation of Artwork

Artists are responsible for delivery of artwork and any associated shipping costs to and from the exhibit. Art should be sent in sturdy, reusable containers for safe shipping. A shipping account number or postage-paid sticker must be supplied to The Gallery.

All artwork must be received by November 15, 2017.

The Gallery reserves the right to reject works that have been inaccurately represented by the slide/digital image. Works must be received ready for installation, with installation instructions provided if necessary. The Gallery reserves the right to reject works for exhibition that are not original, are deemed extraordinarily fragile or unstable, or are not installation ready.


Artwork may be for display/exhibition only or for sale at the sole discretion of the artist. Prices will be available to public, but we will refer buyers directly to the artist for transaction of sales. The Gallery at Penn College does not collect a commission. All work must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition.


Juror of Selection

Jason Thompson is the founder of Rag & Bone Bindery, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, a bookbinding studio dedicated to creating unique hand-bound books and albums for the gift and stationery industries. He is a self-taught bookbinder and book and paper artist who has been drawn to the solitary and cultural aspects of books since he was a child growing up in suburban New England. After walking away from formal schooling at the age of 15, he journeyed across the United States on foot from Los Angeles to Washington DC., where he kept a journal and discovered the love of journals and sketchbooks. After moving to Providence, Rhode Island, in 1990 he founded the bindery and married and partnered with Rhode Island School of Design graduate Ilira Steinman. Together, in 2004, they renovated a historic mill building as a permanent home for Rag & Bone Bindery, their new family, and their growing book collection. Jason is the author of "Making Journals By Hand" (Quarry Books, 2001) and "Playing With Books" (Quarry Books, 2010).


Our goal is to make the process of jurying as efficient and fair as possible. The juror will select the artwork from the qualified entries. Each submission will be rated on a 0-5 point scale and the submissions with the highest number of points will be accepted. We anticipate accepting 40 - 50 works of art.

Juror of Awards

Sue O’Donnell is a visual artist whose work combines experimental book arts, graphic design, and conceptual narratives. She earned her MFA degree in Book Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York, in 2002 after having worked for many years as a freelance designer and digital consultant for the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA) Gallery in Buffalo, NY. She joined the faculty at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007 where she teaches digital art and graphic print/book design. Her past teaching experience includes Southeastern Louisiana University, Purchase College, and Manhattanville College. O’Donnell brings with her a wide range of life experience that informs her work and teaching philosophy. Along with a growing exhibition record, she is the recipient of numerous artist residencies, grants, and awards. O’Donnell has been a member of the College Book Arts Association since 2008 and has studied at the Center for Book Arts in NYC and Wells Book Arts Institute in Aurora, NY. Her recent exhibitions include Structure Unbound: Interdisciplinary Book Art at Wright State University in Ohio and P3 (Print, Produce, Publish) at the University of Utah. She currently lives and works in Bloomsburg, PA.

Cash Awards

1st place: $750
2nd place:  $450
3rd place: $250
Honorable mentions


Deadline: July 15, 2017
Acceptance notifications: September 1, 2017
Artwork delivered to gallery: October 15  - November 15, 2017
Show opening reception: January 18, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Awards at 5:30 p.m.
Exhibition dates: January 11 – February 28, 2018
Work returned to artists: March 1 – 31, 2018

The Gallery at Penn College will be closed Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Questions? 570-320-2445