Call for Entries

It’s Alive!: Frankenstein, 200 Years

Call for Entries – Book Arts + Print Exhibition


BookWorks Gallery invites book artists and printmakers to respond with artistic interpretations of Frankenstein. Send us your artists’ books and prints.

Opening on Thursday, August 9, 2018 • Closing – October 26, 2018 with a Costume Party

Registration is open now through July 20  • Please see below for complete entry instructions

Roll out your monsters! Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s timeless story, both horrible and heartbreaking, is as fresh today as it was 200 years ago. Over the years and especially the last hundred years, the many faces / facets of Frankenstein and his Monster have shattered and taken on additional meaning.

Frankenstein-w bandana

Mary Shelley was just 18 years old when she wrote the book. She created a creature complex and frightening, clandestinely cobbled and sewn together that awakened not one sentiment but a complex synthesis of awe, terror, compassion and grief. Perhaps the first work of science fiction, the novel stirs critical thinking on nature, humanity, evolution, creative genius and character, science and technology.

The Exhibition


‘It’s Alive’ opens on August 9, 2018 in the BookWorks Gallery. Opening evening will include a talk and presentation by Bernard Welt. Details to come. The exhibit will close with a Halloween Costume Party on Friday, October 26, 2018.  All Monsters Welcome!

Talk on Frankenstein – August 30

A thirty to forty-five minutes talk by UNCA professor, Kirk Boyle, accompanies the gallery exhibition, It’s Alive. Improbably or not, the story Frankenstein, written in 1818, endures 200 years later. Dr. Boyle’s talk will introduce the novel, background about the author, Mary Shelley, and the era in which it was written. Over the years, Frankenstein has enjoyed many distinct interpretations or readings of the story, and Dr. Boyle will share a few of his favorite literary readings of the novel, with time for Q and A with the audience to follow. Please bring your copy of the novel with you if you would like to refer to specific passages.

Kirk Boyle is an assistant professor of English at UNCA, where he teaches courses on literary theory, film, modernity, and college writing. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Humor and the co-editor of The Great Recession in Fiction, Film, and Television: Twenty-First-Century Bust Culture. Originally from Pittsburgh, he earned his PhD in at the University of Cincinnati, and now lives in Woodfin. 


Submissions and Eligibility

It’s Alive: Frankenstein, 200 Years is open to all print and book arts media completed within the past two years. Each artist may submit just one entry. Entries should be submitted online by July 20, 2018, 5pm. Actual works should be dropped off or shipped for receipt at ABW no later than July 27, 2018. Artwork arriving later than July 27, 2018 may not be shown. Please see below for entry instructions.
This is not a juried show and all work will be exhibited. BookWorks will publish an online gallery once the show is open.

Entry Fee – $15 limited to one entry per person

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: Artists residing outside of the United States are invited and encouraged to enter this exhibition. The exhibition entry fee of $15, paid in US funds, can be done through PayPal during the online submission process. Please review you return shipping plan with us if you are entering from outside the US.

BookWorks Gallery reserves the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality is other than represented in the digital entry.

Size Limitations – Space is limited, BookWorks reserves the right to not fully display works greater than 24” in any direction. Please inquire before shipping work if you have specific installation requirements.

Procedure and Entry Process

Each entry consists of The Actual Work, accompanied by the following:

  1. Personal/Entry Information – fill out the online entry procedure:
  2. Entry Fee – $15 – please pay the entry fee directly from this site via Paypal (you will be automatically directed to Paypal when you have completed your online entry form).
    Upon completion of the online procedure/payment you will receive a confirmation including link to a printable Entry Form file which should be included with your shipped or delivered work.
  3. Images – Please upload up to two (2) professional-quality JPEG images of your work entry online (link provided once Paypal payment is complete).
    Images will be used in PR for It’s Alive online and possibly in print
    Name your files as follows: firstname.lastnameA.jpg or (firstname.lastnameB.jpg for second image). For example: jane.doeA.jpg and jane.doeB.jpg


Insurance – Sales – Delivery and Return Shipping details

Liability and Responsibility

  • Work accepted for It’s Alive is protected by our insurance policy for fire, water damage, and theft. BookWorks is liable to the artist for loss or damage (except for loss resulting from flaws inherent in the artwork) to the full value the artist receives if the artwork had been sold, i.e., 60% of the sale price.
  • Handling: Indicate if work may be handled, with care, under supervision of BookWorks staff.
  • Please indicate insurance value for work, including NFS (not-for-sale) work. BookWorks carries insurance in case of fire, water, or theft. Asheville BookWorks takes every precaution in handling artwork. Submission of work and signature on the entry form constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist to conditions set forth in this prospectus. The acceptance of an entry in the exhibition further includes permission to photograph work and/or use images for publicity and educational purposes.


  • Please indicate a sales price or NFS for each entry. Artists who have sold their work will be issued a check at the end of the exhibition. Sales will be encouraged. Artists receive 60% of sale price, consigned with the BookWorks Gallery.

Delivery of Work – Shipping of Work to ABW

  • Deliver works to Asheville BookWorks (ABW) via mail or hand delivery (1 – 5 PM) for receipt at ABW no later than July 27, 2018. Work delivered after Friday, July 27, 2018, may not be included in It’s Alive: Frankenstein, 200 Years. Artists are responsible for shipping costs, including insurance, with the carrier of their choice to and from Asheville BookWorks. All work must be shipped in a reusable carton and/or include return packing, with a return shipping label and correct pre-paid postage also included. Please include the printed ENTRY FORM with your work (you can download it by clicking here).
  • All shipping and shipping insurance costs to and from the Gallery are the responsibility of the artist. When packaging work for shipping, please keep in mind the person who will have to repack the work. Please pack with reusable bubble wrap, paper, or cardboard. No styrofoam peanuts.

Shipping Information

Ship to:

Asheville BookWorks

428 1/2 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806

ph: 828-255-8444

Return of Work

  • Costs for return shipping are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Packing materials will be retained by BookWorks for return shipping. BookWorks will not be responsible for damage due to incorrect packing materials or insufficient container when return-shipping artwork as it was originally shipped.
  • Entries without sufficient return postage may not be returned. Entries without sufficient return postage may be processed for return AFTER the cost of shipping and a $50.00 handling fee are paid to BookWorks.
  • Hand-delivered work not picked up by scheduled dates becomes the property of BookWorks.
  • No stamps, cash or checks
  • Fed-Ex and UPS offer pre-paid labels and insurance for return shipping and can be included in re-usable packing.
  • USPS – no stamps. Visit – choose flat rate shipping – generate return shipping label with appropriate size package and desired insurance and tracking. Save label as pdf and forward via e-mail to


CALENDAR – list of important dates

ONLINE Submission Process – All entries                                    Now through Friday, July 20, 2018

Artwork DELIVERY to Asheville BookWorks – All entries           Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27, 2018

Opening Reception                                                                          Thursday, August 9, 2018 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Lecture with UNCA professor Kirk Boyle                                      Thursday, August 30, 2018 – 6pm – 8pm

Closing – Costume Dance Party                                                     Friday, October 26, 2018 – 7 – 9 PM

Pick-up or Return Shipping                                                            November 2, 2018