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University Libraries Calls for Altered Book Exhibition Entries

Altered books photo "Bound and Unbound IV" features an exhibit of altered books.

VERMILLION, S.D. – University Libraries at the University of South Dakota is seeking entries for “Bound and Unbound IV: Altered Book Exhibition,” the fourth international altered book art exhibition scheduled for display next fall.

“Bound and Unbound IV: Altered Book Exhibition” features an exhibit of altered books, which are mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form by altering its state or meaning. Books from any source and media are eligible for this exhibition, and all work must be original and executed within the last three years.

“2013 marked our inaugural year for opening up this biennial exhibition to the jury process as well as making the call for entries international. We had 16 states represented as well as six countries,” said Sarah A. Hanson, digitization and photographs associate at the University Libraries. “The response was very positive, providing a range of artistic and cultural diversity, and we are happy to embrace the University Libraries as a venue for the altered book.”

This year’s juror is Eli Show, an artist from the Midwest, who recently spent five years on the East Coast and is back living and working in Sioux Falls. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Dakota and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. He has recently exhibited at Hou Yee Chan Gallery in Louisiana, Rogue Space Gallery in New York City, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York.

“Through my work, I am trying to engineer an in-between of digital and physical presence,” said Show. “My work is influenced by chance and chaos processes in the physical world and then manipulated digitally to present an echo or glimpse at natural formations.”

Entries for “Bound and Unbound IV: Altered Book Exhibition” are open to the public, and artists can submit up to three entries by March 4, 2017. There is no fee to enter the exhibition and selected books will be on display at USD’s University Libraries second floor exhibition cases from Aug. 21, 2017, through Jan. 3, 2018, as well as entered into the altered book collection on the Digital Library of South Dakota.

A full prospectus and entry form for the exhibition can be found on the University Libraries website. For more information, please contact Hanson at, Danielle De Jager-Loftus at or Michael Boring at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.