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.”

Jenna Rodriguez, our new Victor Hammer Fellow

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Wells College and the Wells Book Arts Center are happy to announce that Jenna Rodriguez has been named the eighth Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts. Ms. Rodriguez received the MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College in Chicago in 2013. While at Columbia, she taught letterpress printing, was an installation assistant and held a Print Production Fellowship in offset printing. Since then she has been a Teaching Artist at Chicago’s Spudnick Press teaching letterpress, relief printing, and polymer plate making; has been a graphic designer and print production output technician at Fisher Printing in Bridgeview, Il.; and has been a private art instructor at the Academy for Urban School Leadership, teaching graphic arts, design and bookmaking to children grades 6, 7 and 8. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Rodriguez was an intern at the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute.

The Victor Hammer Fellowship was established in 1998 and honors Victor Hammer, who taught at Wells in the 1940’s. An internationally known and respected printer, book designer, artist and typographer, Hammer is perhaps best known for designing the medieval-looking typeface American Uncial. The two-year Hammer Fellowship brings emerging book artists to Wells to teach, help in the various printing projects of the Book Arts Center, and develop their art.

We are happy to welcome Ms. Rodriguez to Wells, where she will teach Hand Bookbinding, Art on the Press and perhaps an introductory Graphic Arts course.

 

 

 

New Director Search is Open!

Wells College seeks a director for its Book Arts Center (BAC). The director is responsible for the management of the Book Arts Center including budget and curriculum; arranging for one visiting lecture each semester; working with the BAC Board of Advisors; organizing and running the yearly Summer Institute; training and supervising student workers; designing and printing certificates, broadsides and chapbooks; printing diplomas; ordering and maintaining all supplies; and maintaining and seeing to the repairs of BAC equipment. The director has the opportunity to teach one class per semester and reports directly to the Provost and Dean of the College. Applicants for the position should have a minimum of a master’s degree; excellent skills in binding, letterpress printing and/or printmaking; good interpersonal skills; successful teaching experience in both workshops and semester-long courses; a record of meeting deadlines; and a collaborative spirit. Possibilities exist depending on experience to make additional contributions to the Visual Arts Program through management of the String Room Gallery or involvement with the Graphic Design and Museum Studies minors.

Wells College, located on the shore of Cayuga Lake, was established as a women’s college in 1868 and became coeducational in 2005. The College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Wells College seeks to promote diversity in all of its hires; members of under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the final candidate is selected. Candidates should send a complete CV, including education, teaching and workshop experience, books and publications, exhibitions, and collections that hold their work; 15 images of their work and up to 10 images of student work; a statement of teaching philosophy; and a vision statement for the Book Arts Center to wellsjobs@wells.edu with BAC Director Search in the subject line. No phone calls please.

My Prints are Neat.

Originally posted on Abapail Press:

While book binding allows me to really focus on my stress relief and really become ingrained in a project, printing allows me a few more things. Printing allows me to make mistakes, and work to correct them, printing teaches me to be innovative, creative, bold, and when things are always going right: methodical.

I get to test and test and test some more to find what works, what pleases me! I can make fun prints. and smart prints, and prints that are just as focused if not more focused then some bindings. Printing allows me freedom to be me. Printing allowed me to find the artist in myself. Met with deadlines and multiple crtieria to follow, printing forced me to find solutions to problems and forced me to keep creating.

This is one of the most important things about printing– you have to keep going. At the end of my…

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