The Book & Publication Arts program emphasizes both the book as an art form (from artist’s books and fine press printing to sculptural and abstract bookworks) as well as the field of publishing as artistic practice (from zines to a myriad of other publications that lean towards the idea of the democratic multiple as a means of artistic agency within contemporary culture). The program focuses on the many shapes and forms the book has taken throughout history and across cultures as a way of envisioning the future of the book and publishing as artistic expression. Students study contemporary artists and publishers working in the field, as well as the many artists and historic art movements that have used books and prints as a way of expressing and disseminating their ideas.
Book and Publication Arts
The Book & Publication Arts program is uniquely situated at Black Rock Press — a working museum environment where historic book and print equipment function alongside a bank of Mac computers, software and other digital tools.
- Two Vandercook Universal 1 letterpress printing presses
- Vandercook 4 letterpress printing press
- Two Vandercook 219 letterpress printing presses
- Heidelberg Windmill
- Chandler & Price Old Style 8x12 platen press
- 1837 Super Royal Columbian hand press
- Washington hand press
- More than 150 cases of new and historic metal type fonts
- The Barbara Ann Kelly Wood Type Collection (a comprehensive collection of complete wood type fonts from the 19th and 20th centuries)
- Anderson Vreeland photopolymer platemaker for digital to letterpress work
- Hollander Beater and other papermaking equipment
- iMac computers with Adobe Creative Cloud software