49th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecturers: Erin Zona and Lauren V. Walling ’97 from Women’s Studio Workshop

We are thrilled to present, as a virtual event, the 49th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture Cracking Open the Universe: Women’s Studio Workshop Since 1974 delivered by Women’s Studio Workshop’s Artistic Director Erin Zona and Executive Director Lauren V. Walling ’97.

UPDATE: Enjoy a recording of the lecture here via YouTube.

Learn more here.

CANCELED: Summer Institute 2020

With a heavy heart, but out of concern for safety and well-being, I must announce the decision to cancel the Summer Institute 2020 program. Please refer to the Updates on COVID-19 for the Campus Community page for information regarding how Wells College is dealing with this on-going situation.

Please be in touch with any questions.
Wishing health and safety to you and yours,
Leah Mackin

Summer Institute 2020

We are pleased to announce Summer Institute 2020! Join us for our annual program offering week-long intensive courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, artists’ books, lettering and paper arts taught by some of the foremost book artists working today.

Week 1 — July 12 – 18, 2020
• Writing & Setting the Times – Tia Blassingame and Tonya Foster
• All New Alphabets – Clare Jones
• Macrostructures of Punctuation: Bookbinding for the Self-publisher – Woody Leslie
• Reduction Introduction: Reduction Woodcuts on the Vandercook Press – Val Lucas
• Poured and Shaped Paper: Large Sheet Formation – Heather Peters
• Books in a Box – Jenna Rodriguez

Week 2 — July 19 – 25, 2020
• Typecasting and Monotype Composition – Michael & Winifred Bixler / The Bixler Press & Letterfoundry
• Vegetable Papyrus: making sheets and ornamental sculpted objects
 – Tracey Cockrell
• Single Sheet Books: Imposing, Printing, Editioning 
– Amanda D’Amico
• Leather Binding Fundamentals
 – Karen Hanmer
• Light, Paper, Print: Experimental Photographs from the Natural World
 – Nick Marshall
• Vandercook Week: Maintenance and Presswork 
– Paul Moxon

Course Descriptions and Faculty Information can be found here. Register online here.

“A Bookbinder’s Journey: My analog and virtual life in the book arts” / Lecture by Peter D. Verheyen

Video recording of the lecture, A Bookbinder’s Journey: My analog and virtual life in the book arts,
at Wells College on October 17, 2019

On October 17, 2019, the Wells College Book Arts Center hosted the 48th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture. Peter D. Verheyen spoke about his career as a bookbinder, conservator and academic librarian. Along with examples of his work, he discussed the materials and techniques he uses to craft his bindings, with selections of his bindings for attendees to explore. He also discussed his 25 years of building online book arts communities, and a recent project which ties together the many threads of his long and accomplished career.

Slides with notes are available here.