This exhibit features all nine entries submitted to this year’s competition as well as selections from our judges and previous winners. We are pleased to announce our winners Matthew Gregor in 1st Place and Alesha Hassard in 2nd Place with this exhibit and celebrate the hard work of all the participants. This year’s winners were selected with scores from our four judges: Jean Gould, Ellen Knudson, Dawn Rosendahl, and Whitney Broadaway.
Book Arts are considered to be any book, or book-like object, created by an artist that has become something more than just a book and entered the realm of art. This year’s entries cover a wide range of topics and formats and all of them show the creativity of UCF students. “Elder’s Secret” by Adam Singletary is our first full length novel to be submitted. "The Trap House Rules” by Matthew Gregor uses screen prints and woodcuts to illustrate an addict’s struggle. The artist’s mortality is faced and the tradition of fine presswork continued in Alesha Hassard’s “Second Skin”. “Ravenhearst: The Diary of Emma” by Amanda Wahrenberger is a clever video game tribute with an innovative structure and a dark twist. Both of Jacoub Reyes’ submissions also deal with death and the afterlife; “Transpire” provides everything the reader would need for a quite spiritual moment and “Feathers Fall Lightly” is a print portfolio combining the artist’s etchings and thoughtful prose. Cara Salinas uses sculpture to pay tribute to the book with “Letters Take Flight”. Kate Frana’s “Mythical Beasts & Where to Find Them” celebrates creativity and fantasy in a sculptural book format. Finally, “Burning Man Wisdom” by Jamie Joyce commemorates her experience as an artist at Burning Man with unconventional, yet fitting, materials.