about the artists

We are very pleased that the following artists are participating in this project:
  • Megan Adie is a book artist and letterpress printer originally from California. She received her degree in Book Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, then settled in the San Francisco Bay Area to work and teach in the field. Megan taught at the Academy of Art University and the San Francisco Center for the Book from 2004 – 2010, before moving to Basel, Switzerland to pursue her career as a professional musician. Her books can be found in libraries and private collections in both North America and Europe. Megan currently prints at Druckwerk, in Basel.
  • Katie Baldwin is a printmaker who has traveled to several countries as an artist in residence, including Japan, Mexico and Cuba. She has received grant funding through several organizations including The Leeway Foundation, The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, The Barbara Deming Foundation and The Independence Foundation. She received a travel grant through The Center For Emerging Visual Arts to travel to Poland in the summer of 2009. Baldwin was an artist in residence at the Women’s Studio Workshop and a Stein Fellow at The Center for Book Arts in New York. Her work was included in a group exhibition at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and has had a solo exhibition at The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. Baldwin received her Masters of Fine Arts in printmaking and book arts from The University of the Arts. Her work is included in special collections such as The Fine Prints Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, The Works on Paper Special Collections at The Free Library of Philadelphia and The Seattle Arts Commission Small Works Permanent Collections. Baldwin is the 2008 recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. Currently, she is the Victor Hammer Fellow at the Wells Book Arts Center in Aurora, New York.
  • Baltimore Print Studios opened its doors in fall 2010 and is owned and run by Kyle Van Horn and Kim Bentley. BPS is a public-access letterpress and screenprinting studio. Day-long workshops are offered twice monthly in both letterpress and screenprinting, and the studio is available for press rental four days a week. The studio caters to area artists and designers, providing access to presses, equipment, and supplies. BPS also takes on commercial printing for outside clients and offers school and group tours. When they’re not teaching, helping you print, or printing for you, they’re making fun posters, fixing old presses, and hunting for more wood type.
  • Inge Bruggman is currently Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department’s MFA in Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She has also been a faculty member of the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the University of California at Santa Barbara where she taught courses in print media, artists’ books and general studies. From 2000-2011 Inge also ran Textura, a letterpress printing and book arts master studio specializing in artist book collaborations and other unique print projects. She makes and publishes fine press artist’s books under her imprint INK-A! Press, as well as a variety of artist’s books, text-based art work, and work that explores the shared cultural space of the book. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1994 and went on to be artist-in-residence at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for almost 2 years. Her work is shown and collected internationally and she has recently returned from a two-month residency in Marseille, France.
  • Macy Chadwick is originally from Rhode Island and now resides in Oakland, California. She received an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and assisted book artist Julie Chen at Flying Fish Press in Berkeley. She currently creates books and prints in her letterpress studio in Oakland, and teaches classes at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute, and San Francisco Center for the Book. Her work is in prominent collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Yale University Special Collections, and University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Angela Driscoll + Yuka Petz, New Orleans
    Yuka Petz is a visual artist working in a wide range of media, including but not limited to handmade paper, book arts, and physical computing. She received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Yuka studied papermaking at the Awagami Factory in Japan and at Dieu Donne Papermill in New York City. She has taught English and bookbinding in Japan and in the U.S, and served on the Board of Directors at Seattle Center for Book Arts in Seattle, Washington. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, and her artist’s books are in the permanent collections of several public library and university special collections. She currently lives and works in New Orleans.
  • Firecracker Press was founded in 2002 by owner, Eric Woods in St. Louis. He started The Firecracker Press with a longing to “get his hands dirty” and found the craft of letterpress printing to be a perfect marriage of art and design. Along with Shop Manager, Matty Kleinberg and Printmaker, Maggie Filla, Eric runs the studio six days a week. They eat, sleep, and drink letterpress printing.
  • Rose Gridneff & Alex Cooper, London
    Alexander Cooper graduated from London College of Printing in 2003 with a BA (Honours) in Typo/ Graphic Design. He has run the letterpress workshop at what is now LCC for the past eight years, teaching students from across the Faculty of Design and external groups including University of Delaware, North Carolina State University, Art Center College and Kingston University. Research focuses on the interaction between content and process, through pushing the boundaries of letterpress whilst respecting its traditions. He is currently undertaking his MA Design by Independent Project part time at the University of Brighton. The project explores different methods and systems of identifying type through its physical properties. Rose Gridneff graduated from London College of Communication in 2005 with a BA (Honours) in Book Arts. She runs the second year of the BA Graphic Design at the University of Brighton, and is a regular visiting lecturer at Winchester School of Art. Rose completed her MA in Design Writing & Criticism in 2010, focusing on alternative propositions for design education. She is particularly interested in the role of letterpress and craft within education, and is currently working on a collaborative project that brings together six universities with letterpress workshops to share practice and research. Alex and Rose have worked collaboratively under the name of Workshop since 2009. Creating primarily self-initiated work, they have exhibited in the UK, USA, Denmark and Holland. In 2010 they undertook a residency at the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp, creating work for State Your Business, an exhibition exploring the crossover between art, design and language. They work out of their workshop in London, which they regularly open to students and professionals from around the world.
  • Rick Griffith, Denver, CO
  • Bethany Heck, Baltimore, MD
  • Dafi Kuhne is a designer and letterpress printmaker from Zürich, Switzerland. He graduated from Zurich University of the Arts in 2009 with his bachelor thesis Woodtype-Now! a 30 page written dissertation featuring 100 pages of transcripted interviews, explored current possibilities for and intersections between letterpress and graphic design. The research resulted in a 10 page 23 colourruns letterpress magazine as well as an online database featuring examples of techniques Kühne developed to specifically reveal the potential for letterpress and graphic design in the 21st century.Today Dafi works as a full-time graphic designer and letterpress printmaker at his studio babyinktwice, where he uses Swiss proofpresses from the 60ies to develop designconcepts and to  produce postereditions, postcards flyers, brochures & magazines for music, art, theater and film projects. He uses all kinds of different materials like plexiglas, lasercut woodtype, handcut lino, tradtiional type, photopolymer plus analog and digital designtools to produce contemporary graphic design in a commercial context.
  • Josephine McCormick, Belfast, Ireland is an artist, printmaker and educator. She works out of the Belfast Print Workshop situated in the heart of the city. Josephine received her MA in Fine Art  Printmaking from Camberwell College of Art, London and her Ph.D from the University of Ulster. The research incorporated CAM/CNC technology combined with viscosity printmaking, a record of which will be showcased in the forthcoming publication ‘Post-Digital Printmaking’, in August 2012. Some films of her work – ‘Print-Making it’, ‘Un-interrupted Vision’ and  ‘Interrupted Vision’ are posted on U-tube. Josephine has received grant funding from the Arts Council of N.Ireland and the British Council to make a film and undertake artist in residencies at RMIT University; Melbourne, Australian Print Workshop, Academy of Art University, San Francisco and at the Atelier Contrepoint, Paris.
    Her work blends installation, sonic elements with Fine Art Printmaking. Her print work has represented the UK in Munich, China, Melbourne and at the 6th Graphic Art Biennial, Museum of Novosibirsk, Russia.
  • Robin McDowell currently lives in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire, balancing design projects for individual and business clients, letterpress commissions, and the pursuit of her own creative schemes. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design from The University of Pennsylvania and conducted thesis work in experimental wood type fabrication. Her work has been featured in I.D. Magazine, The Mid-America Print Council Journal, and in titling for the retrospective exhibition: Wharton Esherick and The Birth of the American Modern.
  • Peter Kruty + Sayre Gaydos, NY
  • Ben Levitz + Sam Michaels, Studio on Fire  Late in 1999, Studio On Fire began letterpress printing in a cold Minnesota basement. Our first press occupied a spot between the boiler and the litter box. Oh how the studio has grown – now ten presses and eleven people strong (with a proper studio space), we celebrate twelve years as a bustling design and print studio.
  • Ashley John Pigford is an artist, designer, musician and educator working at the intersection of design process and art practice. His cross-disciplinary creative work ranges from traditional ‘analog’ arts to advanced digital systems in the interrogation of creative process and interaction design. His work manifests as electronic sculpture, interactive installation, performance, video, and letterpress printing. He received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design after a successful career as a proprietor of graphic design in Los Angeles, CA. He is Assistant Professor of Visual Communications in the Department of Art at the University of Delaware.
  • April Sheridan is a studio manager at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She recently curated the show, Wood Type, Evolved and is the Inland Chapter president of the American Printing History Association.+ Daniel Mellis, Chicago, IL makes artist’s books on such topics as the poetry of philosophy, the phenomenology of space, and the city and the built environment. Experimental letterpress and offset printing underpins much of his work. He received his MFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2011 and his work is in the collection of Joan Flasch Library at the School of the Art Institute, Yale University Library, and University of California Berkeley, among others. He also holds degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Nick Sherman, New York, NY
  • Tricia Treacy has been running her own letterpress design studio, Pointed Press Studio, creating custom book and print work for commercial clients, international artists, designers, and writers since 2000. Using a combination of digital and analog methods, she collaborates on conceptual projects with a range of artists and designers. She is a book artist, designer, printmaker, and integrates new forms of media to execute her ideas. Collaboration and experimentation are a large part of her creative studio practice. Tricia is also a Lecturer in Fine Arts at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design where she teaches letterpress, graphic design and book arts. She exhibits internationally and her artist books are in major collections throughout the country.
  • David Shields, Austin, TX is an Associate Professor of Design in the Department of Art & Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, Chair of the Design Program and is also the caretaker of the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection housed at UT. He is currently focusing on 19th century typographic form and visual culture, growing from investigations in the RRK Collection, and the significance that 19th century technical processes can have on contemporary digital type production practices. He keeps a blog of current facets of his research at Wood Type Research, and continues to practice as a designer at the studio he co-founded in 2000, Viewers Like You.
  • David Wolske, cofounder of Smart & Wiley, runs the wood type/letterpress blog, Letterpress Daily. He is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah. His work reveals an affinity for handset wood and metal type, but also enthusiastically incorporates digital tools, computer software, and design thinking into a manual workflow that draws heavily on the traditions of letterpress and fine art printmaking. David has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art and Design, Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, and The University of Utah.
  • Karen Zimmermann is an Associate Professor in the Visual Communications Division at the University of Arizona. Previously Karen taught at the University of Hawai’i. She recieved her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Graphic Design. She did her undergraduate work at Rutgers focusing on Art and Computers. Karen has received numerous grants and awards including an Arizona Project Grant by the Arizona Commission of the Arts, UA Deans fund for Excellence, and UA Faculty Fellowship.Karen’s practice includes activities in writing, graphic design, and art. Her writing has been published in “The Education of a Graphic Designer,”  “The Education of an E Designer,” “The Education of a Motion Designer”, JAB (Journal of Artists’ Books), “Design Education in Progress: Methodology and Process”, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Zed and Inform.  Her artwork examines the relationship between art, design, culture, and technology within the context of the environment. More recently her research has produced visual works that examine, compare, and contrast visual and typographic signs in public and private spaces from both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border.
  • November 29th, 2011
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