The New Victor Hammer Fellow

Well College and Wells Book Arts Center are very pleased to announce our 10th Victor Hammer Fellow: Heather R. Buechler.

Heather R. Buechler is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher. She is a 2015 and 2016 Windgate Resident for the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, the 2014 artist-in-residence for theTRANSIT outbound program, a recipient of the 2013 Caxton Club Grant, and former Print Production Fellow for the Journal of Artists Books (JAB). Her work can be found in numerous collections in the US and internationally, including the Yale University Library, Centre Pompidou of Paris, France, and the University of Regina Library in Regina, SK, Canada. Her research, which looks at the history of production and distribution of textile and paper sacks used in agricultural shipping, has been published in the Ephemera Journal of the Ephemera Society of America. She holds an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Victor Hammer Fellowship was established in 1998 and honors Victor Hammer, who taught at Wells in the 1940’s. An internationally known and respected printer, book designer, artist and typographer, Hammer is perhaps best known for designing the medieval-looking typeface American Uncial. The two-year Hammer Fellowship brings emerging book artists to Wells to teach, help in the various printing projects of the Book Arts Center, and develop their art.

We are happy to welcome Ms. Buechler to Wells, where she will teach Hand Bookbinding, and a variety of book arts and letterpress courses.

Expedition to Wells

Wells Book Arts Spring Residency 2016

Each year the resources of the Wells Book Arts Center are made available to one resident artist for 1-3 weeks. The goal of the residency is to allow individual artists to extend their practice with the array of materials in the Wells Book Arts Center Collection. The opportunity gives full access for personal work but also a component of the residency contributes back to the Wells Book Arts program.

Our resident artist for 2016 will be Myrna Keliher of Expedition Press. She is a typographer, printer, and publisher hailing from Kingston, WA. Equally inspired by the letterform and the literary, Myrna’s work is rooted in handset type and poetry fragments. We look forward to what she creates during her time at Wells.

 

 

Hamilton Wood Type comes to Wells Book Arts Center

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WELLS IN RESIDENCE
From April 3-12 we will have a visiting lecturer on campus hosted by the Wells Book Arts Center as part of the Wells “In Residence” program.

Jim Moran Director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum – Two Rivers, WI will be here involved in interacting with various student groups, giving public printing demonstrations and lectures as well as assisting in documenting and cataloging the type collection at Wells.

• Monday April 4
Lecture – Stratton 209 – 6pm
Jim Moran – Hamilton: A History in Headlines
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Director Jim Moran will give an overview of the collection and the joys and challenges of running this iconic American Museum located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin as part of the Wells “In Residence” visitor series.  The talk is free and open to the public.
• Tuesday April 5
Museum Studies Class guest lecturer
• Wednesday April 6 
Graphic Design Class guest lecturer
• Thursday April 7
Morgan Hall 10am–2pm
Student Open Printing Studio
Drop-In sessions for students, staff and faculty of Wells College. Print with large wood blocks to create bold and colorful posters and one-of-a-kind artworks on our presses.
• Saturday April 9
Morgan Hall 1–5 pm
Community Open Printing Studio
Drop-In sessions for anyone who would like to visit from the wider community. Learn how to create letterpress prints and take home artwork you create in the studio.
• Sunday April 10
Morgan Hall 1-5pm
Open Broadside Printing Workshop
Work with Jim Moran on designing and creating a poetry broadside for the Wells Visiting Writers Series reading on April14th (John Hoppenthaler). Participants will get a copy of the final broadside print.
• Monday April 11
FILM SCREENING with Q&A afterwards
– Zabriskie 106- 7pm
Typeface: A film by Justine Nagan
This acclaimed documentary film presents a view into the letterpress printing scene and the early story of the Hamilton Musuem. Q&A with Jim Moran following the screening.
The film is free and open to the public.

Cayuga Lake Monster Sighted

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Cayuga Lake Monster Book Release and Film Screening

Saturday March 5th, 2016 7:00pm
Wells College – Sommer Center (above the Wells Pub)
170 Main Street, Aurora NY, 13026
Admission is Free

For more than 200 years, tales of a giant serpent living in Cayuga Lake have be told and documented. Now, Wells College students studying Book Arts have created the first book that brings together historical information and stories of the legendary serpent named ‘Old Greeny.’

The limited edition book, which took more than a year for students to produce, features letterpress printing, linoleum cut artwork, and a fold-out map of Cayuga Lake. The book also includes reproductions of newspaper articles, plus a “book within a book” which draws the reader deeper into the mystery of the legend.

Preceding the official book launch, a 30-minute film, which was produced in 1987 by a former Aurora resident and now Hollywood filmmaker, Gabe Torres, will be screened.  “The Legend of Firefly Marsh” features scenes of Wells College and the Village of Aurora as it tells the tale of the lake serpent.

In addition to the film screening, special behind-the-scenes footage on the making the film will be presented.  The extra footage describes how Aurora, New York and Well College played a key role in the making of the film.  The filmmaker, Torres, left Aurora for Hollywood, where he continues to have a successful career in film

• The event is free and open to the public.
• Film presentation will last 1 hour.
• Books will be available for sale.
• Snacks may be sea monster themed.

Wells Book Arts Summer Institute Scholarship benefit auction

The week of Feb 13th will feature an online auction of artists books, book and art supplies, rare books, typographic treasures and more. All proceeds will go towards the SI2016 scholarship fund.

We also will gladly accept direct scholarship donations.  If you’d like to contribute directly to the scholarship fund, checks can be made out to Wells Summer Institute, and sent to Wells Book Arts Center, 170 Main St, Aurora NY 13026. 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at bookartscenter@wells.edu

Below are a just a few items that will be included in this fantastic auction!

Auction ended Feb 20th -Thank you all who participated-If you missed out-we will have a part 2 of the Auction announced soon.

Victor Hammer Fellowship position now open!

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The Wells Book Arts Center is pleased to begin accepting applications for the tenth Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts.

The fellowship is named for Victor Hammer, an Austrian printer, book designer, typographer and portrait artist, who fled Europe to come to Wells College in 1939. The Hammer Fellowship is a two-year book artist-in-residence program that was founded in 1998 designed to help emerging book artists establish their name in the field. The Hammer Fellow’s expertise and various activities enhance the educational mission of the Book Arts Center and Wells College and increase awareness of the book arts as a field of study and practice both at Wells and in the community at large.

The Book Arts Center teaches introductory courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, calligraphy and various upper-level courses in binding and printing. In addition to courses taught in the academic year, the Book Arts Center offers two week-long series of workshops in the summer at Wells College.

The successful candidate for the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts will hold the position for two years, Fall 2016 through Summer 2018. The position includes teaching two courses each semester, one of which will be Hand Bookbinding I. Duties include production of work for Wells College Press, maintenance of Printing, Bindery and Papermaking studios and assisting the director.  The fellowship includes an apprenticeship at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler in nearby Skaneateles and producing an independent body of work.

Applicants must have extensive experience in binding, letterpress printing and papermaking, experience teaching, and a MFA in Book Arts or a certificate in a related field. Applications should include a CV, 15 digital images of the candidate’s own work, 7 digital images of the candidate’s students’ work, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation. Since the Fellow will assist in the design and production of poetry broadsides for the Creative Writing Program, as well as announcement posters for Book Arts events, images of any such work would be helpful to the search committee.

Applications are due by March 1, 2016, and are to be submitted as PDF files via an email to wellsjobs@wells.edu with Victor Hammer Fellow noted in the subject line.   Wells College actively seeks to diversify faculty and encourages candidates to apply who can further expand the program through multicultural approaches and is an equal opportunity employer.  No phone calls please.

Wells College Press 2016 Chapbook Contest Winner

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JR Tappenden photo by Juniper Tree Studio

Wells College Press is very pleased to announce that the Winner of its 2016 Chapbook Contest is JR Tappenden for her manuscript, Independent City. Her prize includes 20 copies of the letterpress-printed chapbook. She will also read at Wells College in Aurora, NY and receive a $500 honorarium plus room and board. In the tradition of the Wells College Press, her chapbook will be crafted obsessively, with hand-set title pages and hand-sewn bindings. It will be published in an edition of 100 signed and numbered copies.

This year’s runner-up is:
Miss Paper and the Sea by Emily Anderson

The finalists are:
Colloquy with St. Mary of Egypt by Derek Mong
Threaded Daughter/Threaded Child by Clare Paniccia
Vistas, Habitations by Will Cordeiro

There were more than 160 entries to this year’s competition, and, according to the judges, “the overall quality was exceptionally high.” Ultimately, Independent City stood out. The judges commented on “how each of these poems is rooted in an actual particular place or object, and how each unassumingly but authoritatively unfolds until it has conjured up the salient particulars of that place or that object.” They remarked on the writing’s “precision and depth, its quiet strength, power, and subtlety,” and summed up Independent City as a “really wonderful, powerful collection.”

JR Tappenden lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the founding editor of Architrave Press. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she also served as the university’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Flyway, Euphony, Ithaca Lit, and elsewhere. Jen is poetry editor for december magazine, and on the organizing teams for both the St. Louis Small Press Expo and the Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series. For more on Jen Tappenden, go to jrtappenden.com.