DeGolyer Competition in American Bookbinding 2021

The Helen Warren DeGolyer Competition in American Bookbinding, held every three years, coincides with an in-person conference held at Bridwell Library at SMU in Dallas, Texas.  

American bookbinders were invited to propose a design binding for Five Poems by Toni Morrison, and to submit a completed binding of any work as an example of techniques they propose to use.  

Competition winners were announced at the opening of the Helen Warren DeGolyer Exhibition for American Bookbinding on May 19 and 20, 2022. 

Awards

Helen Warren DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding

Coleen Curry, Winner

  • Awarded to a binder whose entry demonstrates the ability to create an exceptional binding for Five Poems.
  • $6000 commission

Award for Excellence in Fine Binding

Monique Lallier, Winner

  • Recognizes a completed binding distinguished by its structure, technique, and use of materials.
  • $2000 prize

Award for Design

Karen Hanmer, Winner

  • Recognizes a design distinguished as an inventive, effective, and appropriate representation of Five Poems.
  • $1000 prize
Five Poems Title Page

Title Page

Five Poems by Toni Morrison, silhouettes by Kara E. Walker, Rainmaker Editions, 2002. Helen Warren DeGolyer commission book, 2021.

Five Poems Colophon with Toni Morrison's signature

Colophon

Five Poems by Toni Morrison, silhouettes by Kara E. Walker, Rainmaker Editions, 2002. Helen Warren DeGolyer commission book, 2021.