Friday, May 16, 2014

2015 Helen Warren DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition

Deadline: January 31, 2015 {RECEIVE}

2015 Helen Warren DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition
Bridwell Library

Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

The Seventh Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Exhibition and Competition for American Bookbinding

Announcing the 2015 Helen Warren DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University:

In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Helen Warren DeGolyer Triennial Competition for American Bookbinding the 2015 Award Commission will be Mrs. DeGolyer’s unbound copy of Bernard C. Middleton,The Restoration of Leather Bindings (Chicago: American Library Association, 1976). This classic manual of bookbinding conservation offers a comprehensive overview of traditional restoration techniques, tools, and materials. It is illustrated with numerous black and white photographs by the author and his bindery assistant Eric Horne, and detailed drawings and diagrams by Aldren A. Watson.

Submissions will be accepted from July 01, 2014 to January 31, 2015.


The competition is open to all bookbinders who are American citizens, living either in the U.S. or abroad.

Entry Guidelines

Each entry should include the following:

1) Your design proposal for binding The Restoration of Leather Bindings by Bernard C. Middleton.
2) A sample binding.
3) Your Artist Statement/Design Intent form which may accompany your sample binding and design proposal or be submitted online.

2015 Awards

Helen Warren DeGolyer Award for American Bookbinding
•Honors the entry that demonstrates the best of creativity and craftsmanship in the art of fine bookbinding.
•$6000 commission

Award for Excellence in Fine Binding
•Recognizes a completed binding that demonstrates excellence in structure and the use of materials.
•$2000 prize

Award for Design
•Recognizes a design that demonstrates originality, effectiveness, and appropriateness to the selected text.
•$1000 prize

Submission Guidelines:

Visit website for more information:

Southern Methodist University
Bridwell Library
Perkins School of Theology
Southern Methodist University
P O Box 750476
Dallas TX 75275-0476