The Wells Book Arts Summer Institute

It’s an exciting time for the Wells Book Arts Center. Our associates and students are busy at work with projects, careers, and internships; and we are preparing for our annual Summer Institute as it’s coming up right around the corner.

The Summer Institute runs in three sessions, from the week of July 8-14 to the week of July 22-28. This summer we are offering an exciting array of courses with an assembly of skilled and experienced instructors from all over the world. Of these skilled instructors includes two of our beloved Victor Hammer Fellows: past, Sarah Bryant (The Letterpress Artist: Simple Books on the Vandercook) and present, Katie Baldwin (Poets at the Press).

The courses offered at the Institute cater to a wide variety of interests, including Introduction to Typecasting and Monotype Composition, taught by Wells College’s own cherished letterpress printing professor, Michael Bixler. Michael and his wife, Winifred, run one of only two of our nation’s type foundries out of Skaneatlas, New York.

Besides those courses mentioned above, we are also offering a course in paper engineering and artist’s books, several typographic and script design courses, and various binding courses. These courses are founded in tradition, but encourage students to use their imagination and innovation to push the boundaries of typical book arts and printmaking.

For more detailed information about the Summer Institute, including a brochure, please follow the link above to our page dedicated to the Summer Institute here on our blog, or contact the Center at 315-364-3420 (e-mail:

Photography by Alex Schloop ’12.

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