The Paper is Part of the Picture: Contemporary Paper and Book Arts

Presented by the Anderson Gallery @ Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

In this day and age of digital immediacy, the allure of handmade and tactile qualities of paper continue to draw interest. This exhibition seeks to bring the use of paper to the front and center of the artwork created.

Seeking works on (or of) paper that celebrate the medium of paper. Accepting paper art, artists’ books, letterpress, screenprint, printmaking, paintings, photograph prints, digital works on paper, installations, fashion, drawings and sculptures. 

The competition and exhibition is open to emerging as well as established artists, 18 years of age or older, working in the continental US.

Sarah McCoy (Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Drake University)  and Mary Jones (Professor Emeritus of Art & Design, Grandview University)


$250 worth of Awagami Editioning papers will be awarded to the winner of the Jurors’ Choice, courtesy of Awagami Papermill, Japan.

Awagami Poster

January 19 – February 25, 2018
Opening Reception Friday, February 2, 2018, 5 – 7 pm

Submitted work must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

The Anderson Gallery @ Drake University reserves the right to exclude from the exhibition any works that do not arrive in sturdy condition, or are deemed too fragile to be successfully exhibited. Work that has not been suitably prepared will be hung at the Anderson Gallery’s discretion.

Please only submit work that will be available at the time of the exhibition and will remain for its entirety. No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition.

Please refer to the prospectus for full details regarding eligibility, deadlines, and details posted on the Anderson Gallery website at:

November 27, 2017  Deadline for emailed entries
December 8, 2017  Artists notified by email
January 4 – 10, 2018   Work must be received by the Anderson Gallery
January 19 – February 25, 2018 Exhibition dates
February 2,  5–7 PM, Opening Reception
March 1, 2018  Work returned to artists

    Artists may submit up to (3) pieces of work, 1-2 images per entry are allowed.
  • Digital images are the only accepted form of submission.
  • Images must be JPEG, 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution), 600-900 pixels on the longest side of the actual print image.
  • Email submissions to, subject: call for entries.
  • Title images “ArtistLastName_Image1,” etc.
  • Include caption sheet with corresponding image numbers.


Please include in your application a one page Artist Statement.


Accepted entries will be notified by email by December 8, 2017.


Shipping/Delivery instructions will accompany email notification of acceptance. Shipping to the Anderson Gallery is the responsibility of the artist. Return shipping via FedEx or UPS for accepted artworks will be provided by the Anderson Gallery for most work with a pre-printed Return Label.  Any larger submissions or packages that weigh more than 15 lbs. must be sent with a pre-paid return shipping label or shippers’ UPS or FEDEX account number to charge to artists’ account.

Works will be insured for the duration of the exhibition while the work is on-site to the extent of 100% of the artist’s stated retail value.

Submission to Paper is Part of the Picture: Contemporary Paper and Book Arts constitutes an agreement with all conditions of this show. The Anderson Gallery @ Drake University reserves the right to photograph accepted work for publicity purposes. The Anderson Gallery @ Drake University reserves the right to reject any work not resembling the submitted entry or work that is not ready to be shown according to the aforementioned specifications.

The Anderson Gallery, a non-profit exhibition space on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, was founded in 1996 to exhibit and support innovation in art and design. Part laboratory, part showcase, the Gallery’s main goal is to promote the growth and understanding of art through exhibitions, programs, and publications.

The Anderson Gallery is not simply a place to see exhibits, but also serves as a cultural force in Des Moines and beyond.  The Anderson Gallery is a site for critical discourse, professional and social engagement, learning, and aesthetic experience.