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Altered Books: Home

An introduction to the concept of altered books and information about the annual altered books contest at Lucy Scribner Library.

Altered books use the printed page as both canvas and creative muse. Alterations can include painting, drawing, coloring, cutting, folding, and more. The results can vary as widely as the techniques applied to the book: for example, alterations can create poetry from prose, inject social commentary, provoke specific emotional reactions, explore ideas, or prompt new meanings to emerge from the original text. Altering books is not limited to "serious artists." Anyone can do it!

Books about Altered Books

Fifth Annual Lucy Scribner Library Altered Book Contest (2020)

All Skidmore College students, staff, and faculty are warmly invited to roll up their creative sleeves and compete in the Fifth Annual Lucy Scribner Library Altered Book Contest! And once the entries are in, come vote for your favorites. The winning entrant(s) will be presented with the coveted Lucy Scribner Trophy.

Contest details:

  • Entrants may be individuals or teams. Limit one entry per person/team. To register, fill out this brief form:
  • We can supply you with a book or you are welcome to use your own. Just ask at the Scribner Library Circulation Desk if you need a book to alter. (Rest assured that these books are not from current Scribner Library collections!)
  • Completed books will be accepted through 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020. Submit your altered book at the Circulation Desk.
  • Entries will be on display for voting in Scribner Library from Friday, April 10, 2020 through 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020

Past Altered Book Contest Entries

Photos of the entries from past Altered Book Contests are archived in Creative Matter, Skidmore's institutional repository:

2019 Entries

2018 Entries

2017 Entries

2016 Entries