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Conversation with Amos Kennedy

Amos Kennedy

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an American printer, book artist and papermaker best known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters. From an early age, Kennedy was interested in letters and books and studied calligraphy for several years. At the age of 40, Kennedy visited Colonial Williamsburg, a Virginia living history museum, and was mesmerized by an 18th-century print shop and book bindery demonstration. The incident so influenced that he studied printing at a community-based letterpress shop in Chicago and, within a year quit his AT&T systems analyst job, which he had held for nearly two decades, to continue printmaking studies.

Kennedy articulated his fascination with letterpress printing in one interview: “… I believe it was the capability of making multiples. Multiples of text are important to me. They allow for distribution.”

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studied under legendary book designer Walter Hamady, and earned an MFA in 1997. He later taught graphic design at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University.

Pochoir Presentation & Demonstration with Kitty Maryatt

Kitty Maryatt

Kitty Maryatt received a grant in 1981 to study fine binding with Hugo Peller at Centro del bel Libro in Ascona while she was getting her MFA at UCLA in graphic design (1983). She has studied with many fine binders over the years. She was Director of the Scripps College Press for thirty years which published sixty books that Kitty made with her students, who wrote the texts, made imagery, hand typeset, printed by letterpress, and hand bound editions of fifty to one hundred copies every semester. She has published and bound her own artist books, most recently Figure of Speech. Her books can be found at the Newberry Library, Stanford University, UCLA, the Getty Research Institute, and Harvard University. Since her retirement in June 2016 she has been working full-time on La Prose du Transsiberien Re-Creation.

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Queer Writers Reading


smARTfilms Club: Migrations post-series discussion (Online)


smARTfilms Club: EO9066 at Eighty post-series discussion (Online)

Special Guest: Kerry Yo Nakagawa

Kerry Yo Nakagawa is a producer and a founder of the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project.

smARTfilms All Aboard series

smARTfilms Club: All Aboard! pre-series webinar (Online)

Artist Books, Book Artists, and Stories from the Library of Congress with Mark Dimunation

About Mark Dimunation

Mark Dimunation was appointed Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress in 1998. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America. He specializes in 18th and 19th century English and American printing and has considerable experience working with antiquarian materials as well as fine press and contemporary artists books. He is currently completing an extensive project to reconstruct Thomas Jefferson’s Library at the Library of Congress.

Let’s Raise Our Racial IQ with Art with Robin Holder

About Robin Holder

Robin Holder is a contemporary artist motivated by the complexities of racial inequity, social justice and identity. Her research based, mixed technique works are saturated with cultural references that reveal the conflicts of our human experience. Holder’s work, exploring societal access and lack of empowerment, provides unique opportunities for challenging discussions about socio-economic imbalances, the complexities of identity, cultural inequity, race, and religion.

Vehicle for Expression: La Prose du Transsibérien with Kitty Maryatt

Speak Up! Speak Out! Activism in Printmaking