Victor Hammer Fellowship Position Call for Applicants

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The Wells Book Arts Center is pleased to accept applications for the eleventh 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 Nazi 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 2018 through summer 2020. The position includes teaching two courses each semester, one of which will be Intro to Letterpress or Intro to Bookbinding. 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 and letterpress printing, 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 30, 2018, and are to be submitted electronically via the Wells College employment page, http://www.wells.edu/employment . 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.

 

 

Questions may be addressed to bookartscenter [at] wells.edu

Wells Book Arts Summer Institute 2018

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Time to start thinking about basking in the warm sun and making things with your hands. July 15–28, 2018…come to Aurora, NY!

Each July, Wells Book Arts Center hosts the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute. This year is bigger than ever with 6 courses to choose from for each of the 2 weeks. Join our all-star line-up of instructors and learn new techniques or hone existing skills in a variety or paper, printing, and textual arts.

Each week is filled with intensive, hands-on instruction and practice, but there is also time to relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets over Cayuga Lake or swim or take things at your own pace. Of course there are people who want to work on their projects late into the evening, and we encourage that too!

Visit our Summer Institute webpage for full course descriptions and options

Week 1 – July 15-21, 2018
• Michael & Winifred Bixler (Bixler Letterfoundry)
Type Casting and Monotype Composition

• Peter Fraterdeus (Peter Fraterdeus)
West Meets East — Energy, Expression and “Emptiness” in Calligraphy

• Ron Gordon (Oliphant Press)
The Anatomy of Book Design

• Amos Kennedy (Kennedy Prints)
Letterpress Posters with Big Wood Type

• Scott McCarney (Scott McCarney VisualBooks)
Hybrid Textual/Visual Books

• Danielle Myers (Petrichor Paper)
Papermaking with Local Plants

Week 2 – July 22-28, 2018
• Aimee Lee (Aimee Lee)
Make Hanji: The World of Korean Papermaking

• Bruce Licher (Independent Project Press)
Philatelic Letterpress: The Art of The Hand-Crafted Stamp

• Steve Pittelkow
Marbling on Paper and Cloth

• Marnie Powers-Torrey (U Utah) & Amelia Hugill-Fontanel (RIT Cary Collection)
The Iron Hand Press & Finer Points of Impression

• Jenna Rodriguez (Jenna Rodriguez)
Extreme Bookbinding! 

• Dan Rosenberg (Wells College – Dan Rosenberg)
Writing Beside the Press: A Poetry Workshop