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.


We Are Moving!

We are excited to announce that the Letterpress and Book Arts Center will soon be moving from our current location at the Edward & Carol Cheek Center to our new home on the first floor of the Richard & Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center. In our new location, we will share a space with digital fabrication, creating an innovative lab in which students, faculty, and staff can access equipment ranging from our turn-of-the-century printing presses and over 300 drawers of vintage metal type to a state-of-the-art laser cutter and 3D printer. In addition, our campus facilities for glass (hot shop and cold shop), woodworking, printmaking, photography, and sculpture will be just a few steps away. We are thrilled to be relocating to this visually stunnning new building, designed and built to accommodate hands-on fabrication and art-making. Our move should be complete by the end of the 2018 fall semester, and we look forward to a grand re-opening in the spring!


Monitored Studio Hours

Monday–Friday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM (by appointment)

During the 2018 fall semester, the Letterpress and Book Arts Center will be moving from our current location at the Edward & Carol Cheek Center to our new home in the Basch Visual Arts Center. During this time of transition, the center will be open by appointment and for publicized events only. Please don't hesitate to contact Bridget Elmer, Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center, to make an appointment to visit the center or use our equipment. We look forward to resuming our regular schedule of Monitored Studio Hours in the spring.

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?
 

Workshops and Orientations

Print It! RISO Orientation
Wednesday September 12, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Under Pressure: Pressure Printing
with Visiting Artist Ingrid Schindall

Friday, September 14, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Bind It! Bookbindery Orientation
Thursday, September 20, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Print It! RISO Orientation
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Bind It! Bookbindery Orientation
Thursday, October 3, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Bind It! Bookbindery Orientation
Thursday, October 9, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Print It! RISO Orientation
Thursday, October 18, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

RISO Printing Workshops
with Visiting Artist An Ohghena

Friday, October 19, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Workshops and orientations 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 includes 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. Please contact Bridget Elmer at (941) 309-4049 or belmer@c.ringling.edu with any questions

Events and Opportunities

Paper Jam! Alternative Book Fair
Saturday, December 1, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Ringling College of Art and Design

 

 

Paper Jam is an alternative book fair featuring comics, zines, graphic novels, artists’ books, photobooks, creative writing, illustrated books, and experimental printed matter, hosted at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design. At this annual event, Ringling College students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to sell their work alongside alumni, local artists, and special guests.

Apply here!

Click here for the full schedule of free preparatory drop-in workshops for Ringling College students, faculty, and staff.

Questions? paperjam@c.ringling.edu

Organized by the Letterpress & Book Arts Center, Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, and Goldstein Library in collaboration with SRQ Zine Fest.


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 the conclusion of each spring semester. Artists previously featured in the series include Ke FrancisGraciela IturbideJulie ChenEllen KnudsonJessica Peterson, and Sheryl Oring. For more information about the series or to submit a proposal, please contact Bridget Elmer at (941) 309-4049 or belmer@c.ringling.edu.

Visiting Artists

Ingrid Schindall
September 14, 2018

Ingrid Schindall is a passionate and productive printmaker and book artist based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has a persistent and methodical yet also curious and experimental studio practice. Her prints and artist books have been exhibited internationally and throughout the east coast.  She is devoted to her writing practice and has produced five limited edition books, all written, designed, hand printed and bound by the artist. Schindall is the founder of IS Projects, a public access printmaking and book arts studio whose mission is to cultivate a love and appreciation for print and book media in South Florida. IS Projects encourages local artists to practice their craft by providing knowledge, training, and a supportive work space. In 2016, she founded Fort Lauderdale’s first small press fair, SPF, with the help of Sarah Michelle Rupert. Now in its third year, SPF is an opportunity for the regional print-making, book-making and zine-making community to share ideas and showcase new work for one special day. 


An Onghena
October 10-31, 2018

An Onhenga is an artist exploring the forms of publication and the artist's book. For every new piece or exhibition, she develops a new publication. The approach of making books always occurs from the desire to extend the work that is shown. In this way the exhibition is never ending. The work is always kept alive in the form of a book. Rather than an overview of an exhibition, every publication is manifested as a new artwork that stands on itself.


 

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 six 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, a Nolan Standard proof press, and a Risograph EZ591U. The Center is generously equipped with over 300 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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