As part of our summer-long celebration of art printing in connection to our major exhibition 'Modern Masters: 20th Century Prints,' the Rahr-West Art Museum has partnered with the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum to bring an exciting demonstration to the Rahr through our 'Art of Conversation' Series. Jim Moran, Director, and Stephanie Carpenter, Assistant Director, of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI will share what it takes to create a letterpress printed poster. We will explore the history and future of the art of wood type and how this distinctive art form is tied to the story and mission of the Hamilton museum. There will be a demonstration involving vintage wood type from Hamilton's collection.
Jim runs letterpress workshops, archives the collection and maintains the museum on a daily basis. Previously he had volunteered at Hamilton and donated presses and equipment from his Green Bay, Wisconsin, printing firm, Moran’s Quality Print Shop, where he worked as apprentice, pressman, partner and owner with his father and grandfather for over 35 years. Stephanie is a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and book artist. At the museum she teaches letterpress and bookmaking workshops, serves as an in-house printer, and directs social media and the website. She received her MFA from Indiana University and currently teaches graphic design courses at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc.
The event is FREE and open to the public. It takes place on Thursday, July 25 at 1pm.