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The Letterpress Process

Exhibit: October 18 – November 29, 2013

Highlighting Letterpress at Samford University, available from SamfordCommunication

Samford University Library hosts The Letterpress Process exhibit. Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing. A person composes and locks movable type into the bed of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type. This exhibit showcases some of the tools used in the process and several examples of letterpress works including artwork by Samford professor Scott Fisk.

The materials are showcased east of grand staircase on the main level.

The library exhibit runs concurrently with the Samford Art Gallery's 918 Letterpress Ephemera Show in Swearingen Hall. The 918 Letterpress Ephemera Show is an interenational exhibit of letterpress artwork. It takes its name from the .918" height of letterpress wood and metal type. Ephemera is any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. Examples of letterpress printed ephemera include posters, greeting cards, pamphlets, postcards, tickets and zines.

Samford visual arts professor and show curator Scott Fisk received more than 500 submissions from artists around the globe. Jurors then selected about 130 works from 81 artists for inclusion in the exhibit. Noted letterpress artists Sarah Bryant and Paul Moxon served as jurors alongside Fisk.

Both exhibits are free-of-charge and open the public. Samford Art Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday except holidays and school breaks. The library's hours are available online.

Closing date: November 29, 2013.

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