Formation Exhibit

Friday, December 7, 2018

Formation: The Guild of Book Workers 2018-2019 Exhibition


Exquisite and Innovative Exhibition of 51 Original Works at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech


Origamics: Mathematical Explorations through Paper Folding by Kazuo Haga. Book sculpting by Graham Patten, 2018. Additional high-resolution images available on request.


ATLANTA, Georgia (November 13, 2018) – The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech is the only southeastern venue for the 2018-2019 Guild of Book Workers Exhibition, from November 2 through March 7, 2019.


Formation features 51 works from 46 members that will travel across the U.S. from June 2018 through October 2019. The show opened at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Formation will tour the country, stopping at the Robert C. Williams Papermaking Museum in Atlanta, GA, UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library, the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. A complete tour schedule is online at Jackie Scott curated the exhibit, and Graham Patten, Sarah Smith, and Coleen Curry served as jurors.  


The Guild of Book Workers’ 2018-2019 exhibition encouraged members to consider how the act of formation spoke to their artistic process. Simply defined by Merriam Webster as “an act of giving form or shape to something,” formation can insinuate process, history, creation, change, beginnings, an arrangement, botany and landscape, personal narratives and impersonal storytelling. What forms an artist? How does the creative process influence the final product? What pushes artists to continue to create? People, events, memories all combine to influence the artistic process, even if work isn’t explicitly autobiographical.  

Formation honors the legacy of the book workers’ craft and celebrates some of the finest examples of book arts today. Founded in 1906, the Guild of Book Workers has over 900 members and is the only national organization dedicated to all of the book arts, including bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling, and artists’ books. At a time when many people are considering the materiality of the book and its presence or absence as a physical object, it is exciting to showcase the many hand crafts of the book form. The work presented in the exhibition is a vibrant and dynamic collection of pieces that showcase both the history of the Book Worker’s craft, as well as contemporary interpretations of the book form.

Formation at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is open to the public and free-of-charge, groups of 10 or more must book a fee-based program in advance. The museum is located at 500 10th St. NW, Atlanta, Georgia on the Georgia Tech campus, and is open Monday- Friday, 9-5.  Closed all Georgia Tech holidays.


The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking features the premier collection of paper and paper-related artifacts in the world. The permanent exhibit traces the history of the art and science of papermaking from ancient cultures to modern paper technologies. For more information on the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking and its exhibits, visit, or call (404)894-5700. 


Artists included in exhibit:

Jeffrey Altepeter

Katy Baum

Elizabeth Curran Boody

Denise Carbone

Valerie Carrigan

Rebecca Chamlee

Gabby Cooksey

Coleen Curry

Debra Disman

Mark Esser

Casey Gardner

Don Glaister

Virginia Green

Penelope Hall

Karen Hanmer

Jon Hinkel

Susan Hulme

Lang Ingalls

Caitlin Jochym

Peggy Johnston

Andrea Krupp

Monique Lallier

Beth Lee

Sue Huggins Leopard

Christine Manwiller

Emily Martin

Christopher McAfee

Natalie Naor

Tara O'Brien

Patricia Owen

Graham Patten

Todd Pattison

Rebecca Philio

Patricia Sargent

Suzanne Sawyer

Jackie Scott

Judy Sgantas

Sarah Smith

Therese Swift-Hahn

Deborah Thompson

Claire Van Vliet

Peter Verheyen

Robert Walp

Thomas Parker Williams

Charles Wisseman

Rutherford Witthus