Book Arts Center Announces 2018 Summer Institute Course List and Registration

December 21, 2017
Attendees will take hands-on classes in letterpress, calligraphy, papermaking, book design and more.
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The Wells College Book Arts Center has announced the list of courses and instructors for the 2018 Summer Institute. From July 15 to 28, 2018, renowned instructors and artists will gather on the Wells campus in Aurora to offer courses in a variety of techniques relating to paper, printing and textual arts.

This year, the institute will include 12 courses—six offered during each one-week session. Both sessions are filled with intensive, hands-on instruction and practice as well as time to relax and enjoy the College’s scenic location on Cayuga Lake. Registration information is available online at

Attendees will choose one course per week. Tuition for each weeklong class is $1,000; on-campus accommodations and meals are available for an additional fee. All registrations received by January 15, 2018, will receive a $100 discount for tuition.

The schedule of classes is:

Week 1: July 15-21, 2018

  • Michael and Winifred Bixler of Bixler Letterfoundry: Type Casting and Monotype Composition
  • Peter Fraterdeus: West Meets East — Energy, Expression and “Emptiness” in Calligraphy
  • Ron Gordon of Oliphant Press: The Anatomy of Book Design
  • Amos Kennedy of Kennedy Prints: Letterpress Posters with Big Wood Type
  • Scott McCarney of Scott McCarney VisualBooks: Hybrid Textual/Visual Books
  • Danielle Myers of Petrichorpaper: Papermaking with Local Plants

Week 2: July 22-28, 2018

  • Aimee Lee: Make Hanji: The World of Korean Papermaking
  • Bruce Licher of Independent Project Press: Philatelic Letterpress: The Art of the Hand-Crafted Stamp
  • Steve Pittelkow: Marbling on Paper and Cloth
  • Marnie Powers-Torrey of the University of Utah’s Book Arts Program and Amelia Hugill-Fontanel of RIT’s Cary Collection: The Iron Hand Press and Finer Points of Impression
  • Jenna Rodriguez: Extreme Bookbinding! 
  • Dan Rosenberg, Assistant Professor of English at Wells College: Writing Beside the Press: A Poetry Workshop

The Wells College Book Arts Center, established in 1993, provides a broad learning opportunity for Wells students and the Aurora community. In addition to academic courses in the traditions and history of the book, the center also serves the campus and community with a variety of lectures, workshops and symposia, and the annual Summer Institute. Learn more about these programs at

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