For this exhibit we welcomed literal and figurative interpretations of “Where We Live,” which might include musings on or responses to:

  • A physical residence (like your house, studio, city/state/country)
  • An environment (like woods/forest, beach, desert, city, museum, library, gallery, studio, work)
  • Any location where you feel centered, creative, challenged, energized, relaxed, or positive
  • Where you live in your imagination (if you weren’t limited by reality, where you’d want to be and what you’d want to be doing); consider memories of childhood, family, or friends; show us where you escape to in your fantasies.


Selections & Awards

  • Selections will be made in a blind jury process by Laura Russell and Erin Mickelson.
  • The jurors will select four artworks to be discussed with their creators during a virtual reception to be held on Thursday, July 15, 5-6pm PST. Register for event
  • The award-winning artists will each receive one copy of the print catalog.
  • Those four artworks will also be included in the FOBA 2022 Conference Exhibition in July 2022.

Summer 2022 – Award Winners’ works on display at FOBA 2022

About the Jurors

Laura Russell

Laura Russell is a photographer and book artist who creates hand-bound, limited-edition artist books that incorporate photographs of our urban landscape and tell a story about our culture and our communities.

She has participated in national and international book arts and fine art exhibitions. Her books are collected by individual collectors and are in major collections at museums, libraries, universities and corporations. Currently splitting her time between Tucson and Portland, Laura is also the founder of 23 Sandy Gallery.

Erin Mickelson

Erin Mickelson is a book artist operating under the imprint Broken Cloud Press. Her work is held in public and private collections and includes artist books, printmaking, and new & mixed media.

Erin is also the owner of 23 Sandy Gallery, a gallery featuring unique and limited edition artist books.


  • This exhibition is open to any artist 18 years of age or older.
  • Eligible are any hand-crafted book-works. Works may be editioned or unique; traditionally bound or sculptural.
  • Maximum of 2 works may be submitted per artist.
  • Selections will be made in a blind jury process by Laura Russell and Erin Mickelson.


May 17, 2021 – Deadline for submissions & payment to be received.
May 31, 2021 – Announcement of accepted works via e-mail.
May 31, 2021 – Award winners notified via e-mail.
July 15, 2021 – Exhibit on view at
August 30, 2021 – Last day to view online exhibit


  • Online submissions will be accepted from February 15 – May 17, 2021
  • Early submissions are appreciated
  • Fee for this exhibit is $15 per artwork (not per artist)
  • You needn’t enter your submissions all at the same time. Submission for this exhibition is by file upload only.
  • Submission fees are non-refundable.
  • Each book submission must include 2-4 images.
  • Please note that you will not be able to change any information submitted after the submission process.


The online catalog will remain online through August 30. A print catalog will be available for purchase during and after the exhibition.


The artist agrees that images of selected artwork and the submitted text can be used by Focus on Book Arts for promotions and publications.

Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this prospectus

Image Preparation

  • Please send gallery quality images without background clutter or text.
  • DO NOT send composite images or images with embedded text.
  • If your work is accepted for exhibition, the images you submit, along with the text you provide will be used for print & digital publicity.
  • Please rename your image files prior to submission as follows:
    First Initial-Last Name-First word of title-Second word of title-number.jpg
    Please use hyphens between words as indicated e.g.. J-Doe-My-Book-1.jpg, J-Doe-My-Book-2.jpg

Laura Russell has published a series of blogs specifically addressing photographing artists’ books Photographing your artist books