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The Guild of Book Workers
2012-2014 Traveling Exhibition

The Guild of Book Workers invites all members to participate in its 2012-2014 traveling exhibition, Horizon. Whether by contemplating the apparent horizon, personal horizons or the horizon of the book as a binding or an object, this exhibition will showcase the current work of the members of the Guild of Book Workers while offering a glimpse into what is just beyond. Guild of Book Workers members are invited to interpret “horizon” as broadly or as narrowly as they wish.

Entry Guidelines


All entrants must be members in good standing of the Guild of Book Workers at the time of submission and carry a current membership throughout the entire run of the exhibition. Member registration may accompany entry, along with entry fee. Entrants may submit a total of two works. Entrants may submit either one (1) or two (2) works (not one or two per category, but one or two for the whole show). Entry fee for the first entry will be $30 and $10 for the second entry. Submitted works must have been created since 2009 and may not have been previously shown in a Guild of Book Workers exhibition (Chapter exhibitions excluded).


An Intent to Enter form must be submitted online by September 30, 2011 in order to be notified of exhibitions updates and a link to the online entry form. Works will be juried from digital images. Submissions must be received between January 1 and March 1, 2012. Artists will be notified of selection by April 15. Jurors will be Minnesota Bookbinder and Book Arts Instructor, Jana Pullman, University of Utah Binding Instructor and Studio Coordinator in the Book Arts Program, Emily Tipps, and New Hampshire book artist and photographer, Rutherford Witthus.

Protective Boxes

All works must be submitted in a custom fitted clamshell box or other sturdy enclosure. Broadsides must be framed and ready to hang using robust frames (metal preferred) and plexiglass (no glass accepted).

Size Limitations

Books in their protective enclosures may not be larger than 22 inches square and 12 inches deep. Flat or 2-D work may not be larger than 24 inches square, framed and housed in its protective enclosure. Sizes are restricted to fit within the Guild’s professional shipping containers. The GBW Exhibitions Committee may disqualify works too fragile or difficult to display, or too heavy to handle safely. We regret that we cannot accept work that requires electricity. Installation instructions should be provided with unique or unusual entries.


Each exhibition site will be responsible for insuring the works while in its custody. All entrants are asked to carefully consider values assigned and must be prepared to support this value in the event a claim is made. All works will be photographed and condition noted upon receipt.

Exhibition Duration

The show will open in May 2012 and travel to a mix of fine art museums and public and university libraries. Once a work has been selected, it must remain in the show for the full duration. Partcipants should inform the Exhibitions Chair of any changes of address or other contact information while the show is still in progress.


The GBW may use images of all accepted works for promotional purposes related to the Guild and the Horizon exhibition. This includes a fully illustrated printed and online catalog. All exhibition participants will receive a copy of the printed catalog.


The GBW will produce a full color printed catalog with photographs and descriptions of each work, as well as biographies of the artists. All exhibition participants will receive a complimentary copy of the printed catalog. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the catalog fundraiser. You can download and print out a mail-in Horizon Catalog Donation Form here.


Contact Amy LeePard, Guild of Book Workers Exhibitions Chair.

Proceed to the Intent to Enter Form

Deadline: September 30, 2011

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Built by Amy LeePard and Timothy Winkler.
Form hosted by Painted Bunting Books.