The Book Beautiful Today: The Resilience of Traditional Book and Letter Arts

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Join a conversation with Jerry Kelly and Jesse Marsolais to hear them talk about their work, why traditional bookmaking practices continue to flourish, and the historic works that inspire them. The event will include a printing demonstration and a keepsake for attendees.

Jerry Kelly is a calligrapher, book designer, and type designer. His work has been honored numerous times, and his book designs have been selected more than thirty times for the AIGA “Fifty Books of the Year.” In 2015 he was presented with the 28th Goudy Award from RIT.

Kelly has served as Chairman of the American Printing History Association, President of The Typophiles, and an active member of several committees at The Grolier Club. 

Before starting his own business in 1998, Kelly was Vice President of The Stinehour Press, preceded by a decade as designer at A. Colish. He has taught at various institutions and has lectured widely.

Jesse Marsolais is a letterpress printer and lettercarver based on Cape Cod and also serves as Printer to Jonathan Edwards College Press at Yale University, where he teaches a book arts seminar each semester. Before opening his own shop in 2013, he apprenticed under John Kristensen at Firefly Press in Boston, MA, and with Nick Benson at the John Stevens Shop in Newport, RI.

This program is produced in conjunction with The Book Beautiful: Selections from the Private Press Movement, on view through September 23.

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June 24
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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