Letterpress and Book Arts Center


Letterpress and Book Arts Center

The Letterpress and Book Arts Center at the Ringling College of Art and Design is an interdisciplinary facility for education, creative research, collaboration, and production. The mission of the center is to bring together students, faculty, staff, visiting artists, alumni, friends, and other members of our community to honor, explore, and advance the potential of artists' publications to serve as connections between art, media, technology, and theory. The Center hosts undergraduate classes, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, and facilitates the production of artists’ publications by visiting artists, faculty, students, and community members.


Monitored Studio Hours

Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (by appointment)
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM (by appointment), 6:00-10:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sunday 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Monitored Studio Hours, with full access to our printing and binding equipment, are available for Ringling College of Art and Design undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in, or have successfully completed, Intro to Letterpress (ELEC 220), Advanced Letterpress (ELEC 330X), Collaboratory: Artists' Publications (ELEC 350), or an Orientation Session. Project consultations are also available, by appointment, for students who are new to the studio or need some help getting started. Students, faculty, staff, and community members who are interested in learning more about the Letterpress and Book Arts Center are welcome to drop in for a visit during Monitored Studio Hours.

Contact Us
Bridget Elmer
belmer@c.ringling.edu
941-309-4049
Edward & Carol Cheek Center
Campus Map #15

 


What's New?
 

Demonstrations and Orientations

Letterpress Luncheons

Letterpress Printing with Laser Cut Stencils With Visiting Artist Karen Zimmermann
Jan 11, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Printing with Collaged Plates on the Letterpress With Visiting Jessica Peterson
Feb 1, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Embossing on the Letterpress
Mar 1, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Artist's Book Binding With Visiting Artist Jessica Peterson
Apr 5, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Exhibition of Student Work
Intro to Letterpress and Collaboratory: Artists' Publications
May 3, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

 

Grab your lunch and join us at the Letterpress and Book Arts Center on the first Wednesday of each month for our Letterpress Luncheon. Each month, we feature a different letterpress printing technique and provide a hands-on demonstration of the process. A small selection of work is also displayed, with a focus on the techniques demonstrated. All Ringling College students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Sweet treats and refreshments are provided. No experience necessary, no fee, and no registration required.
 


Orientation Sessions

Letterpress
Feb 15, 9:00-11:30 AM

Risograph and Bindery
Feb 22, 9:00-11:30 AM

 

These sessions are available for Ringling College students, faculty, and staff who are interested in working in the Letterpress and Book Arts Center during Monitored Studio Hours. Each session begins with a tour of the center, followed by hands-on instruction with an emphasis on learning to work safely and creatively with the equipment at the center. Anyone who successfully completes an orientation may use the demonstrated equipment during Monitored Studio Hours. Elective courses and intensive workshops are available for those interested in more extensive instruction. No experience necessary and no fee. All materials provided. Registration required. Please contact Bridget Elmer at (941)309-4049 or belmer@c.ringling.edu to register.

Continuing Studies Classes

Intro to Book Forms (BK015)
Jan 23-Feb 20, M/5-8 PM, $195
Bridget Elmer
5 sessions, 15 hours

Explore the book as an art form. Participants in this workshop will strengthen both craft and concept as they create a series of book forms and binding structures, which will be demonstrated throughout the class. Beginning with one-sheet books and the pamphlet stitch, students will move on to explore accordion forms and a variety of multi-section structures. Throughout the class, harmony between form and concept will be stressed. All skill levels welcome. Letterpress (LTP150) Jan 29-Feb 26, Su/11 AM-5 PM, $295 Kaitlin Crockett 5 sessions, 30 hours Celebrate the elegance and craftsmanship of letterpress printing as you learn the foundations of this centuries-old art form. Using our extensive collection of vintage type and antique metal engravings, students in this workshop will be introduced to the basics of hand setting type, makeready, and printing on the letterpress. Beginner through advanced skill levels welcome. Please bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks.

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Print + Form: Bringing the Book Together (BK115)
Mar 6-10, M-F/10 AM-4 PM, $295

Polly Johnson 5 sessions, 30 hours

Experience the power of designing, printing, and binding a book by hand. Participants in this workshop will strengthen their letterpress printing and book binding skills while learning to comprehensively approach the book as an art form. Through the collaborative creation of a limited edition artist's book, students will engage the fundamentals of book design, including page layout, typography, sequence and pacing, and the interplay between text and image. Successful completion of Intro to Book Forms or Letterpress is a prerequisite for this course. Please bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks.

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Visiting Artists

Karen Zimmermann (http://www.karenzimmermann.com/)

Karen is a an artist, designer, and educator. She is Professor in the University of Arizona, School of Art, Illustration & Graphic Design Division. Karen has received numerous grants and awards including an Arizona Project Grant by the Arizona Commission of the Arts, UA Deans fund for Excellence, and UA Faculty Fellowship. She is an elected member on the American Institute of Graphic Art Design Education Committee and the College Book Art Association. She has shown her artwork internationally and her book work and prints are in many collections. Karen’s practice includes activities in letterpress printing, writing, graphic design, and art. Her artwork examines the relationship between art, design, culture, and technology within the context of the environment. More recently her research has produced visual works that examine, compare, and contrast visual and typographic signs in public and private spaces from both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border. Join us at the Letterpress and Book Arts Center for the following demonstration with Karen, which is free and open to the public:

Letterpress Printing with Laser Cut Stencils Wednesday, Jan 11, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM


Jessica Peterson (http://papersouvenir.com/)

Jessica is a letterpress printer, book artist and teacher. Her award-winning artists’ books are collected by special collections libraries around the country, including at Yale University, Emory University, University of Utah, Duke University and UCLA. Her creative work has been recognized by The Windgate Foundation, the College Book Art Association, and The Kentuck Arts Festival. In 2014, she was awarded an individual artists’ fellowship from The Alabama State Council on the Arts. She is the proprietor of The Southern Letterpress in New Orleans, LA. Jessica has worked on collaborative, community-based artist books projects as a visiting artist at both Longwood University and Florida State University. Jessica is the 2016-17 featured artist for our Artist's Publication Series. In collaboration with Ringling students, faculty, and staff, Jessica is developing an artist's book edition, tentatively titled Concatenate, which will be released in April of 2017. Join us at the Letterpress and Book Arts Center for the following demonstrations with Jessica, which are free and open to the public:

Printing with Collaged Plates on the Letterpress Wednesday, Feb 1, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Artist's Book Binding Wednesday, Apr 5, 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Artist's Publication Series
The Letterpress and Book Arts Center invites applications for our annual Artist's Publication Series. This program invites visiting artists to propose an original artist's publication that, if chosen by the selection committee, is produced in collaboration with Ringling College students, faculty, and staff at the Letterpress and Book Arts Center. Production takes place over the course of the academic year and the finished edition is released at our annual Handmade Artist's Book event, organized in collaboration with the Ringling College Library and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers. Artists previously featured in the series include Ke Francis, Graciela Iturbide, Julie Chen, and Ellen Knudson. For more information about the series or to submit a proposal, please contact Bridget Elmer at (941)309-4049 or belmer@c.ringling.edu.


 

 

About Us

History
The Letterpress and Book Arts Center was established at the Ringling College of Art and Design in May of 2011, with the acquisition of Harold and Judilee Sterne’s studio. Harold "Hal" Sterne, who passed away in 2010, began printing at the age of 14 and is a central figure in the history of letterpress printing and equipment preservation. Hal co-founded NA Graphics with Tom Bell and purchased Vandersons (previously Vandercook & Sons) just days before the company was scheduled to close its doors. As Fritz Klinke (current owner of NA Graphics) explains, if it weren't for Hal, "we would have nothing in the way of support for these presses today."

Facilities
The Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Center currently houses five operational printing presses, including a Chandler and Price 8x12 Old Style platen press, two Vandercook SP-15 flatbed cylinder presses, a Vandercook Universal III AB, and a Nolan Standard proof press. The Center is generously equipped with over 400 cases of type, 4,000 metal engravings, and an Anderson Vreeland Orbital XI photopolymer platemaker. In addition, the Center houses a variety of tools for bookbinding, box making, and creative packaging, with two book presses, a D&K 210M dry mounting press, a Golding Pearl guillotine, an Ideal 4315 guillotine, an Ideal 1046 Kutrimmer, and two additional paper cutters. Hal's extensive library of printing, bookbinding, and graphic arts resources, which was generously donated to Ringling College of Art and Design by his wife Judi, is also available for on-site access at the Center.

 

 

 

 

 

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