This exhibit features all thirteen entries submitted to this year’s competition as well as previous winners. We are pleased to announce our winner Nikki Sutterby with her artist’s book “Home”. This year’s winner was selected with scores from our three judges: Jean Gould, Ellen Knudson, and Whitney Broadaway. To celebrate the hard work of all the participants, the University of Central Florida Libraries Special Collections & University Archives presents the 2014 Student Book Arts Competition Exhibit.
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, entering the realm of art. This year’s entries cover a wide range of topics and formats, while showing the creativity of UCF students. “Home” by Nikki Sutterby narrates the artist’s experience of moving to various locations while poignantly contemplates the meaning of home through text. Using one of her moving boxes and house key in the artist’s book, Sutterby elegantly incorporates these personal materials and images of her homes to tell her journey. “Memory of Lovers” by Crystal Vanaria uses collected ephemera to illustrate an epistolary tale of two lovers. Alesha Hassard’s “The Soft Family” is a children’s story for adults inspired by stuffed animals created in her studio. “Annual Heartache” and “Annual Heartache (Jewelry Miniature) by Crystal Vanaria narrates an intimate poem of sorrow. Both Jason Fronczek’s “Just Look” and Jessica Tacoronte’s “Dear Florida” and “Road Trip Astoria” deals with the vernacular lens of photography. In “The Book of Flowers” and “Feminist Zine”, Crystal Vanaria experiments with different subject matter through book form. Chieu Nguyen’s “The Brother and Sister” and Luke Consolo’s “Trees” both displays original illustrations in their artist’s books. Finally, “Toscano Italia” by Debi Burghard includes a tunnel book that invites readers to look into a moment of the artist’s travels.