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Fine Printing and Printing History: Book Arts at Oxy

Examples of Students' Works

 student work tripich

Tripich designed and printed by Ani Thomson 

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Hope is not for the Wise, poem by Robinson Jeffers; collaborative project, Spring 2011

 student work 1

Toni Morison's Song of Solomon (opening), designed and printed by Dave Alpert

Letterpress Class at AHVA

Since Spring 2010, an introduction to letterpress printing class (Arts 327) has been offered in the Department of Art History and Visual Arts, taught by master printer Jocelyn Webb Petersen, a graduate of the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Students create individual and collaborative projects, and also incorporate original imagery using typographic design, hand typesetting, and letterpress printing. At the end of the semester, an exhibit is set up at the Library with works created by the students, and copies are donated to Special Collections. Starting Spring 2011, an advanced class will be offered. 

Visits to the Library's Special Collections are part of the program, so that students can experience key works from the Fine Printing and Artists' Books Collections, and learn about the historical development of printing and typography.

The program is made possible by the Lawrence Clark Powell and Fay Shoemaker Powell Endowment for the Book Arts. This generous contribution to the college by two alumni funded letterpress printing classes from 1987 to 1992, and it is a pleasure for all involved to see this program come back to life.

A Look Into the Book Arts Classes


Book Arts / Letterpress Printing

Instructor: Jocelyn Webb Pedersen




(photo above: Spring 2010 class)

Papermaking & Artists' Books (Fall 2010)

Linda Lyke and class

Students studied print, paper and book making with AHVA Professor Linda Lyke and Adjunct Instructor Jocelyn Webb Pedersen.

Special Collections hosted artists Donna and Peter Thomas who arrived in their Gypsy Mobile to share their experiences in the book arts. Photo: Linda Lyke, Peter and Donna Thomas, and student

Rare Books / Book Arts Librarian

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Helena de Lemos
Helena Vilar de Lemos

Special Collections

Library, 3rd floor

(323) 259 1443