Award Winning Artists’ Books
Julie VonDerVellen, 26.2 Miles, shoes, 2011.
Adam Rowlett, Heavens, book, 2013.
Adam Rowlett is the purchase prize winner of the UNT Libraries 7th
Biennial Artists’ Books Competition and Exhibition for his books,
Heavens. Heavens is described by the artist as “a short, illustrated
narrative employing geometric abstractions.” Rowlett was named Best New
Artist by the Dallas Observer in 2012 and is a graduate student at UNT
(MFA ’14). His work will be cataloged and permanently added to the
libraries’ artists’ book collection.
Paper artist Julie VonDerVellen is a recent MFA graduate from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work, 26.2 Miles, was selected as
Best in Show at the WoCA Projects (Fort Worth) gallery in the 2013
exhibition “A Seat at the Table: An Exploration of Artists’ Books.” Her
work attempts to interweave significant moments and memories into
handmade paper crafted from recycled cotton clothing. Using an intricate
paper-weaving technique, VonDerVellen re-creates the garment,
constructing a narrative that is both informed by the structure and born
of it, allowing the garment to tell the story. The work reflects the
memoirs of notable life events, new beginnings, and significant
accomplishments made tactile in the structures formed from the garments
associated with those experiences.
Since 1999, The Friends of the University of North Texas Libraries has
generously hosted the Biennial Artists’ Books Competition and
Exhibition. The competition provides an opportunity for students,
artists, and community members to develop and display their creative
work in the fascinating medium of artists’ books. The friends of UNT
Libraries also support a cash prize, awarded at the discretion of the
jurors, to acquire an outstanding student entry as an addition to the
library’s artist book collection.