Student Book Arts Competition: Spring 2024

Close up photograph of a book sculpture of a scene of trees, a bridge and a person made from printed pages springing from an open book.
Detail from "Take to the Air" by Alison Goodrich
Photograph of a woman sitting at a table holding a book with book arts competition purchase prize certificate in foreground.
Nadezhda Blot was the 2023 Purchase Prize winner for “How We Live.”

The Libraries’ Special Collections department announces its second annual juried student book arts competition that recognizes the creativity of Binghamton University students and promotes engagement with the book arts. Last year’s winner of the purchase prize was Nadezhda Blot (Class of 2023, Cinema) for her mixed-media work “How we live.” Two other entrants were awarded honorable mentions: Hannah Carr-Murphy (PhD candidate, Creative Writing) for “Forced meditations on death: Zuihitsu;” and Alison Goodrich (Class of 2023, Graphic Design) for “Take to the air.”

Purchase Prize: The recipient of the 2024 student book arts competition award will receive a purchase prize of $500 and their work will become the property of Binghamton University as part of the holdings of the Libraries’ Special Collections. The winning piece will be discoverable through the Libraries’ catalog, and will be used in teaching and research, in physical and virtual exhibitions and in publicity/outreach.

Photograph of book sculpture of a fantasy scene with a castle and clouds made from book pages springing from an open book.
“Take to the Air” by Alison Goodrich, 2023 Honorable Mention

Eligibility: To be eligible, the undergraduate or graduate student must be enrolled in Binghamton University, and have completed the work within the 2023-2024 academic year as part of course requirements. Eligible works are those that are inspired by, engage with or challenge the book form and/or the idea of the book; including artists’ books, found art, and works that combine typography, graphic design, letterpress printing, printmaking, photography, digital techniques, bookbinding, or papermaking. The work must be unique or a limited edition multiple. Artists may submit no more than two entries for this competition (complete an entry form for each submission).

Photograph of a paper mache skull with a petal fold book at the top.
“Forced Meditations on Death: Zuihitsu” by Hannah Carr-Murphy, 2023 Honorable Mention

Submission must include:

  • Original book arts piece  
  • Completed online entry form

Submission Deadline: All artwork must be delivered to Special Collections (Bartle Library, 2nd floor north), between April 18 through April 25, 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. To drop off submissions at other times, contact If the original artwork cannot be delivered by the deadline because it is in a student exhibition or has been turned in to a professor for grading, please submit the entry form and contact us to make other arrangements for the delivery of the artwork. The deadline to submit the online entry form and artwork is 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 25, 2024. No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted, except as noted above.

Open House Exhibition: All submitted artwork and artist’s statements will be exhibited in Special Collections on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. All are invited!

Return of artwork: All works will be returned by arrangement after May 1, 2024 except the prize winner, which will be retained by the University Libraries.  

Open artists' book showing black and white photographs of New York City street scenes with a translucent page overlay of a subway map
“How We Live” by Nadezhda Blot

Copyright: Copyright to all entries remains with the artist.  

Liability and Responsibility: Binghamton University Libraries’ Special Collections will take all reasonable precautions to ensure the protection of the works while in its care, but does not assume responsibility for damage or loss. Works will be exhibited in the Professor Bernard F. Huppé Reading Room in Special Collections (LN2320). Access to Special Collections is controlled and the reading room is monitored, but the works will not be in locked cases.

Submission of an entry assumes permission for Binghamton University Libraries to photograph and use or reproduce images for publicity and marketing for any exhibitions, events, websites, and/or digital repository. The competition winner agrees to relinquish the work for the purchase prize in the amount of $500 to become the property of Binghamton University. Entrants agree to all terms and conditions set forth by Binghamton University Libraries.

Contact with any questions.