Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Letterpress Legacy: The Dartmouth College Book Arts Workshop Celebrates it's 25th Anniversary-in Dunedin, New Zealand

From September - December, 2016, an exhibit celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dartmouth College's Book Arts Workshop was on display at University of Otago's Special Collections in Dunedin, New Zealand.  The show came about as part of an exchange between Dartmouth and the
University of Otago.  The two schools are part of the Matariki Network- an international group of leading, like-minded universities.

The exhibit was originally curated by Barb Sagraves and designed by Dennis Grady in 2014 as part of a larger celebration of the Book Arts Workshop in Dartmouth's Baker Library.  Books, prints and other work created by past students and instructors of the Book Arts Workshop were displayed along with photos, documents and letters from the Workshop's previous iteration as the Graphic Arts Workshop.

When the exhibit materials traveled to University of Otago, Special Collections Librarian Donald Kerr and his assistant Romilly Smith researched and wrote to Dartmouth alums who created work and spent time in the Book Arts Workshop.  They added wonderful personal touches and testimonies to the exhibit.

Now, thanks to Donald and Romilly's hard work, the exhibit, as it was displayed in New Zealand is on line for all to see.  For a nice history of the Workshop, click on this link:
http://www.otago.ac.nz/library/exhibitions/letterpress legacy/.

Written by Sarah Smith

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