Corcoran College of Art + Design to host annual American Printing History Association Conference

August 9, 2010

The Corcoran College of Art + Design will host APHA’s annual conference on Oct 15–16, 2010. The annual event explores the ways people learn to design, print, illustrate, bind, and make books and other printed matter. Particular attention will be paid to the increasing and important role of letterpress and book arts programs at art schools, colleges, and universities. The College’s Master of Arts in Art and the Book program, a graduate degree program that combines book history and book arts, makes the Corcoran an ideal venue for a conference based on the theme of learning and teaching.

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Friday, October 15
10 a.m.−12 p.m. or1−3 p.m.
Site visits: Library of Congress, Government Printing Office, National Museum of American History

3:30 p.m.
Session I: New Art/Old Technology: The Challenges of Teaching Innovation while Preserving Tradition

5 p.m.
Key Note Address featuring Kelly Bright: History as Fable, Helix, and Aperture
Betty Bright is an independent scholar and curator who helped to start the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She is currently researching the rejuvenation of letter press printing in America from 1980 to 2000.

Saturday, October 16
9 a.m.
Plenary Address featuring Steve Miller: 21st Century Letterpress Printing and the Artisan Book
Steve Miller founded the RED Ozier Press in 1976—a fine press devoted to publishing handmade limited edition books of contemporary poetics and art. He is also currently a professor and coordinator or the M.F.A in the Book Arts Program.

10:15 a.m.
Session II: Private Presses and the Life of the Letterpress

11:15 a.m.
Session III: Panel Discussions
Panel I − Reworking History: Rare Books in the Letter press Studio
Panel 2 − The Revival and Making of Wood Type

2 p.m.
Session IV: Panel Discussions

Panel 1 − Teaching Typecasting: The Monotype University Experience, Wood Type and Graphic Design
Panel 2 − Living with Legacy at the University of Iowa Center for the Book: Contemporary Problems, Traditional Methods, Innovative Practices

Panel 3 − Designer-as-Author: The Form of the Book as Lens for Shaping Research, Engraving: Letterpress’s Shy Sister

3:30 p.m.
Session V: Panel Discussions
Panel 1 − The Nuts and Bolts of Running a Letterpress Print Shop: Policies, Tips, Tricks, and Resources for Studio Management
Panel 2 − The Book Arts Program at the University of California, Riverside, 90 years of Teaching Dine Printing in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon
Panel 3 − Desktop Publishing in the 19th Century