The Bienes Center for the Literary Arts and the Florida Center for the Book are pleased to sponsor the first annual (1997) Florida Artists Book Prize. Among criteria for entering the competition were: #1) the artists primary residence must be in the State of Florida, #2) the bookwork must be created in 1997, and #3) the work must not be a one-of-a-kind nor a trade edition.
Along with Jean Trebbi of the Florida Center for the Book and Jim Findlay of the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Ruth and Marvin Sackner of Miami Beach, Florida, the owners of perhaps the largest and most important collection of artists books and concrete and visual poetry in the world, served as jurors. The numerous entries were considered thoroughly and objectively, with the results of the deliberations appearing later on in this catalog.
For contributing their time and expertise, we would like to formally thank the Sackners for making the first annual Florida Artists Book Prize competition a resounding success. To Mata and Arthur Jaffe for loaning a second exhibit from their enormously important artists book collection, we would like to extend our deep appreciation. And to Jennifer Young of the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Boca Raton, Florida, where the Jaffes exhibition Modern Rare Books II appeared from December 28th, 1997 to January 25th, 1998, we extend our special thanks for helping to facilitate the loan of the exhibition to the Bienes Center.
James A. Findlay, Librarian
Jean Trebbi, Director