The King Library Press holds seminars and workshops every semester, including the Hammer International Book Arts Biennale, held every two years. The seminars have brought some of the most distinguished printers, type designers, typographers, and book artists from around the world to UK, and give UK students, faculty, staff, and the wider Lexington community an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with noted experts in the field.
Seminars are free and open to the public. Workshops often require advanced registration.
Learn more about upcoming events and find recordings of recent seminars below.
The King Library Press holds seminars and workshops every Fall and Spring.
Join us for the Fall 2023 Book Arts Weekend with Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Gilbert.
On Friday, October 27, Gilbert will offer a free public lecture in the Great Hall of Margaret I. King Library. The lecture will focus on Gilbert’s current project, A Dance of Death in Two Parts, a series of 82 miniature wood engraved prints on the theme of death. Light refreshments will follow the lecture.
On Saturday, October 28, Gilbert and Kentucky artist Joanne Price will host a workshop on the ruling machine, a specialized piece of precision equipment used during the heyday of commercial trade engraving. Gilbert and Price will demonstrate the ruling machine’s capabilities and attendees will collaboratively create and print a block.
Find more information about the visiting artists, times and locations for the events, and how to reserve workshop space on the lecture and workshop event pages.
Learn the art of letterpress printing at the KLP's biannual seminars and workshops.
Held every two years, the Hammer International Book Arts Biennale honors Carolyn and Victor Hammer and their legacy to fine printing by inviting distinguished scholars and book artists to lecture on printing, typography, illustration, bookbinding, graphic design, and other aspects of the book arts.
The Hammer Biennale is made possible by an endowment established through the King Library Press. Gifts to the Hammer Biennale Fund are most welcome.
Recent speakers have included:
Richard Kegler delivers the 2022 Hammer International Book Arts Biennale lecture in the Great Hall.
Recordings are available for several past seminars.
King Library Press seminars and workshops draw printers and book artists from around the world.
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