For over 25 years the Book Arts Workshop has welcomed students, faculty, and community members to explore the world of book arts. To celebrate what is possible in the Book Arts Workshop, the Dartmouth College Library hosts a competition for the Book Arts Prize. Each Spring students and community members (faculty, staff and local residents) put forward their best work from the academic year for our judges to assess. These judges often have a tough time deciding among the fantastic works that have been produced. Whether the books, broadsides and other printed pieces came about as a class project or out of curiosity and fun, everyone enjoyed a chance to learn about printing and bookbinding and to work with their hands. The prize winning pieces are on display in the Treasure Room Hall of Baker-Berry Library and will remain through the 2018 fall term.
The Prize winners:
The other entries that made the judges decisions difficult:
The Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth cordially invites all interested Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students to submit an original design for a new bookplate commemorating Dartmouth College’s 250th anniversary in 2019. All designs will be created using hand-set type, ornaments, and engravings available in the Book Arts Workshop’s letterpress studio. Bookplates incorporating the winning design will be printed by hand and affixed to hardcover copies of the forthcoming coffee table history of Dartmouth. The competition comes with a $250 prize for the winner.
Told through an eclectic mix of text and images, the new history will be a beautifully produced, heavily illustrated and designed to capture the spirit, character, diverse voices, and accomplishments of the College, while implicitly making the case that Dartmouth’s historic contributions to society will only become greater as Dartmouth moves forward in the 21st century. Successful bookplate designs will evoke Dartmouth’s rich heritage while visually acknowledging the College’s unique history of being a forward-looking institution of higher learning.