Wells Book Arts Summer Institute 2016

WellsSIlogoSunsetWe are very pleased to announce our 2016 Wells Book Arts Summer Institute. It will run for the last two weeks of July and each week features five courses to choose from. The combination of world-class intensive book arts courses and spectacular Finger Lakes scenery makes the Summer Institute a great way to spend a week or two learning and making new art. Online registration is now live! Space is limited and our instructor and course line-up is really stellar, so reserve your space early to avoid disappointment.

Richard Kegler: New Director of the Book Arts Center

Aurora, NY,

Wells College has appointed Richard Kegler as the new Director of the Wells Book Arts Center. Kegler is the founder of P22 type foundry and the Western New York Book Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. As a trustee for the American Printing History Association, Kegler’s forays into contemporary book arts and the history of fine press and printing have been far reaching. Kegler is taking over for Nancy Gil who is retiring from the position this month. Gil has taught French and English as a Second Language at Wells College since 1974 and she was appointed as Director of the Book Arts Center in 2007.

The Wells Book Arts Center has a long tradition of teaching traditional book arts and letterpress printing to undergraduates and for the Wells Summer Institute. The Book Arts Center traces its roots back to Wells College Press which was founded in 1941 by Victor Hammer, who fled Europe during the Second World War and moved to Aurora, New York where he taught art and set up the Wells College Press and his personal Hammer Press. During his time in Aurora, he cut the Aurora and American Uncial typefaces.

Kegler looks forward to positioning the Center into a more prominent place in the current world of book arts. He says of the appointment: “I see great potential in this incredible collection of type and equipment… The student work produced at Wells has been outstanding and I hope to increase the program’s visibility and help guide the program to become one of the world’s preeminent college book arts centers.”

Open House a Success!


Last Saturday we opened up Morgan Hall for the Wells community to print greeting cards on our presses. Music filled the air, as did the scent of apples and cinnamon. It was the most wonderful day in the print shop!

I miss your face with fun wood type

I miss your face with fun wood type

Here are some of the cards and matrices that we printed from.



_DSC0129Since Odd/Even Season was approaching, we set up some spirited cards as well! These cards are lyrics sung by odds and evens during the sing off and basketball game at Wells. The odd team even put on a special performance in the type shop! You ladies rock! Here is some more information about odd/even and other Wells traditions on the Wells website



We will be hosting more printing and book arts events later on in the semester, so if you missed this one, do not worry!

I Miss Your Face

Last Thursday, the semester kicked off with a strong start at Wells College. There was singing around the Sycamore, lighting candles outside Macmillan, and a general sense of excitement with students screaming when they saw each other after the long summer break.

The Book Arts Center was bustling with organizing fresh supplies, cleaning, and finishing the greenhouse. Thanks so much to the efforts of Amanda Kelly and crew who worked so hard in the sun! Click here to see the story!

The courses being offered this fall include Letterpress Printing with Michael Bixler, Calligraphy with Barbara Galli, Bookbinding I, and Art on the Press with Laura Rowley.

In a few weeks, we will host our first event at Morgan: card printing on Vandercook presses! It is free for all to join on Saturday, September 21 any time from 1-6 p.m. Participants will print various greeting cards from metal and wood type, and metal cuts from the Wells collection. It is sure to be a fun and productive day, so bring a friend along! Send any questions to lrowley@wells.edu.

The flyers were letterpress printed and feature phrases that will be used in the workshop.

Our 2013 Summer Institute

We’re proud to announce the details of our 2013 Summer Institute, which offers a suite of eight week-long intensive courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, artist’s books, letterings arts and font design are taught by some of the foremost book artists in the U.S. and Europe. Find more details through the link below, or too reserve your space, call us at 315-364-3420.

Summer Institute 2013: Brochure

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: bookartscenter@wells.edu).

Photography by Alex Schloop ’12.

There are exciting things afoot with your friendly folks at the Wells Book Arts Center!

It’s been a busy June for the folks here at the Wells Book Arts Center. After printing diplomas for the graduating class of 2012, organizing and exhibiting the Book Arts Minor Show, and preparing for finals and graduation, we’ve all been very busy with several different (and very exciting) projects and life events.

Our dear work study student, Stephanie Goodwin, graduated this past May and has recently received notice of her acceptance to the MFA Psychology Program at the University of Buffalo for the Fall of 2012. We are thrilled to share this wonderful news, and so very proud of Stephanie for her achievements.

We are also very happy for our faithful, hardworking, and extremely dedicated book artist and Book Arts Center advocate, Alex Schloop (who also graduated with the Class of 2012), as he’s found a new home in Aurora and a fantastic new career at the Aurora Inn. Besides being an absolutely brilliant designer, Alex has helped the Book Arts Center without question or hesitation ever since he became a Book Arts Minor in his junior year. Those of us who are still attending Wells and working at the Center are beyond grateful for his hard work and dedication, and we are so excited that he will still be gracing the Book Arts Center with his positive spirit in the following year(s).

Katie Baldwin, our talented, passionate, and hardworking Victor Hammer Fellow (2011-2013), has been busy at work preparing for her solo exhibition, which will be held in Philadelphia in September (2012). Carving blocks of wood into what will become their beautiful destiny, Katie is an inspiration to those of us up and coming to the competitive art world. Katie has been printing for her exhibition at both the Women’s Studio Workshop and the Wells Book Arts Center. She is also preparing for her course, Poets at the Press, which will run in the third session of the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute.

Work study student and Wells College Senior and Visual Arts Major (with a concentration in Book Arts), Jessie Reich, has been busy at work during a summer internship at The Cracker Factory in Geneva, New York. The Women’s Rights National Historic Park donated their printing equipment to Amy and Brandon Phillips at The Cracker Factory, and needs to be sorted through and organized. Jessie was recruited for the internship by Victor Hammer Fellow, Katie Baldwin, who in turn found out about the organization by past Victor Hammer Fellow, Sarah Bryant, a dear friend of the folks at The Cracker Factory. It’s a small and precious world in the realm of book arts.

So, as you can see, those of us at the Wells Book Arts Center haven’t stopped turning our wheels (or should I say, rollers?) since the semester ended! Our fearless leader, Book Arts Director Nancy Gil, has been immersed in preparations for the Summer Institute, which is coming up right around the corner!

Keep a look out for the a series of blog posts that will highlight in more detail all of the exciting projects and adventures that are taking place with all of us here at the Wells Book Arts Center.

It’s that time of the year again!

The presses are busy as ever during this diploma season! At the center we letterpress print each graduating senior’s diploma by hand. It’s a lot of work but it means that our diplomas are the most elegant around.