Call for Entries

Call for Entries



Asheville BookWorks

Asheville, NC, USA

March 17 through May 17, 2017

Deadline for entries is Feb. 24, 2017

Dream A Book is a book arts exhibition on the subject of dreams and dreaming.
Dream. Dream a Book…Dream big or small.

Dreams are by nature non-linear, open to interpretation, flipping by turn, creating unexpected detours and realms of possibility inconceivable in waking life. Dreams entertain our senses, provide creative insight, perhaps even model the creative process for us as we sleep.

Dreams inspire us, haunt us, guide us and confuse us. What artist hasn’t sought to express a dream through creative work? Yet how to evoke the ethereal in the material? How to construct containers in which dreams can abide? All forms of dreaming are welcome in this artist book exhibit.


All work will be exhibited for the BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book opening weekend – March 17-18, 2017. The show is not juried. However, after the close of the premier weekend, select works will remain on exhibit in the Gallery at BookWorks through May 2017.
BookWorks will publish an online gallery for BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book.


Laurie Corral, director of Asheville BookWorks, will select a Purchase Award from all the entries shown at BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book. The Purchase Award will become part of Asheville BookWorks Special Collections.


COMPLETE INFORMATION – Submissions/Instructions/Eligibility

Submissions + Dates

Submissions should be entered online no later than February 24, 2017. Please see below for submission instructions. Artwork should arrive at BookWorks no later than February 24, 2017. Artwork arriving later than February 24, 2017, may not be shown. For the link to a printable file of the complete BookOpolis Prospectus please click here: 2017 BookOpolis Prospectus


BookOpolis 2017: Dream A Book is open to all artists, 18 and older working in book arts. All forms of artist books are eligible including sculptural, 2D, 3D. All books should have content. Submitted works should be completed within the past two years, 2015-2017 and should not have been shown at Asheville BookWorks in the past.

Size Limitations

Space is limited, BookWorks reserves the right to not fully display works greater than 18” in any direction. Please inquire before shipping work if you have specific space requirements. 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 insurance value for work, including NFS (not-for-sale) work.


Entry = a single work. The $25.00 fee pays for up to two entries. Instructions below.
A complete submission of one or two entries consists of:
1) complete online data for each entry
2) fee paid
3) completed work delivered to ABW. Please include return shipment labels and info.

Online submission procedure

Please click this link to proceed to the entry form for your work. If you are submitting two pieces please be sure to complete information for both and upload images for each piece.
NOTE – Have this information ready before you proceed:
• Personal and Submission data
– name, address, phone, email
   ENTRY – Title, materials, size, description (50-75wds approx), handling/price/insurance
• image files – you may upload 3 images of each piece (max upload 10MB); jpg pdf tiff formats accepted; images files should be 300 dpi at about 6-7inches on the longest side. Name files like this: title.yourlastname.jpg (This is an example – abbreviations OK)

Payment and Shipping
Once your online entry is complete and you “submit” the following will occur:
1) you will be transferred to a Paypal page to process your payment of $25 (You may submit two pieces for the fee of $25)
2) you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a downloadable fie for Shipping Form. Please download and complete this printed form and include with your packaged work when you ship to us.



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PrintOcracy PLAY! Call for Entries

paper plane graphic2From Playroom to Playhouse to Playground: PLAY.

Playthings.The things of play. Those objects that ignite interactivity and imagination. Objects that express the act of playing itself. This print exchange focuses on the subject—and subjectivity—of toys. Do toys (generally or specifically) have an impact on our view of the world as an adult?” Which toys did you adore is a kid? As an adult? Consider toys as prompts to play or imagine the philosophical conversation intrinsic to the imagery of playfulness. Prints can also be playful—naturally! The visual immediacy of toys opens up vast spaces for artistic play, which itself sparks creativity and discovery.

PrintOcracy PLAY! Opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, September 18, 2015. PLAY! is an exchange of prints between participating artists with the complete portfolio on view in the Asheville BookWorks (ABW) Gallery through Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

Eligibility • Entrants must be over 18 years of age. The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines.

Edition size and Exchange: 12 – Editions should consist of twelve prints numbered 1/12 to 12/12. Eleven prints will be redistributed as a portfolio exchange with other participants in a random selection process. Assembled portfolios will be packaged in an archival portfolio case. ABW will retain the remaining print for its archives (12/12) and it may be used for on-loan exhibition purposes. While artists may elect to create larger editions the first 12 (numbered 1 – 12 / edition number) are to be reserved and delivered for the PLAY! portfolio exchange.

Fee: $25 – offsets costs associated with printing and constructing the portfolio case and return shipping.

Paper size: 11 x 14 inches. Prints can be full bleed, horizontal or vertical.
No print may be thicker than 1/64 of an inch.

Media: All forms of archival printmaking are accepted, including photography and digital processes. Prints must be the original artwork of the submitting artists.

Interleafing: Each print should be submitted in a sheet of 22 x 14” glassine, folded over to cover the front and back of each print. Please do not use newsprint, bags, tracing paper, wax, paper, or mylar as interleafing.

Download PDF Prospectus here.

1) Complete FORM A – Online Data Entry and Upload Image(s) of your print.
2) Pay the entry fee

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3) Complete FORM B to include when shipping your edition (Download PDF of FORM B here.)

Date of Delivery: Prints may be shipped or delivered to ABW anytime during the month of August 2015.

Drop-off at ABW or ship to:
Asheville BookWorks /PLAY!
428 ½ Haywood Road
Asheville, NC, 28806

Awards • $450 Best Print, juror to be announced.

Sales: Participating artists may opt to send up to 2 additional copies of their PLAY! edition for sale during PrintOcracy. If unsold during the exhibition these prints may be returned with the portfolio distribution (end of November) or remain in the ABW gallery for a period of 6 months following PrintOcracy PLAY! Unsold prints will be returned in May 2016.

60% of sale price is paid to the artist, 30% to ABW and 10% to an Asheville learning center, charter school or program TBA.

Date of Return:
Portfolios will ship to participating artists during the last week of November. Any unsold prints not designated to remain at ABW will be returned with portfolio shipment.

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