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Exhibition dates: June 27 – August 7, 2020


Biblio Spectaculum is a national juried exhibition of artist books and text-based visual works juried by Rochester, NY artist, designer, and educator Scott McCarney. This exhibition features 33 artists from 12 states and includes artist books, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, video, and mixed media pieces.

Artwork copyright is retained by each artist.


About the juror

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, NY. He received formal design training at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in the 1970s, and earned an advanced degree in photography from the University at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY in the 1980s. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural and site-specific installation. His works are widely distributed and can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Art Gallery, among others.


“Reviewing this work and making selections while sheltering-at-home, though a welcomed distraction, was a stark reminder of how quickly our world is changing. It also emphasized how important language is (visual as well as verbal) as a method of human communication in this time of social isolation and transition. Text and the book form inherently make a personal connection with the reader/viewer at some level. I think this gathering of work meets that mark.” — Scott McCarney, exhibition juror


Read the full juror's statement in the exhibition gallery guide.




Award Recipients


Best in Show: "Everything is Fine…" by James Hannaham

Juror's Choice: "The New Colossus" by Joy Nagy

Juror's Choice: "This Past Winter" by Sue Leopard

Honorable Mention: "A Little Called Pauline" by Molly Haig

Honorable Mention: "Commemorative" by Bachrun LoMele

Honorable Mention: "Wonder Mom Mommy" by Jenny Cox


Artist Statements
and Biographies


Learn more about each of the 33 artists in the exhibition
by viewing the exhibition gallery guide below:


Artist Talks


Friday afternoons in the month of July 2020, we will be hosting online artist talks with 20 of the artists from the exhibition! Join us live on Facebook at 5 p.m. on the following Fridays to hear about the artists' backgrounds, artistic practice, and work included in the exhibition:


Friday, July 3

• Bachrun LoMele

• Terry Schupbach-Gordon

• Sue O'Donnell

• Ryan Lewis


Friday, July 10

• Beth Lee

• Fern T. Apfel

• Molly Haig

• Mariana Baquero


Friday, July 17

• Roni Gross

• Holland Hopson

• Michael Darcy

• James Hannaham

Friday, July 24

• Heather  Swenson

• Cynthia Laureen Vogt

• Will Kaplan

• Melissa Matson


Friday, July 31

• Connie Ehindero

• Jacqueline Viola Moulton

• Courtney Hassmann

• Joseph Lupo

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