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[BKARTS] Herbert H. Johnson to lecture on Bruce Rogers at Wells College, Aurora NY



The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Herbert H.
Johnson of the Rochester Institute of Technology will present this autumn's
Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture at Wells College.
The lecture, entitled "A Collector's Choice: Bruce Rogers at the Riverside
Press," will be given at 8:00 pm on Sunday, December 8 in the Art Exhibit
Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. The event is free and
open to the public.

Herb Johnson, a professor in the School of Printing Management and Sciences
at RIT, will speak on the early work of the renowned typographer Bruce
Rogers. Rogers (1870-1957) was a typographic adviser and book designer for
such printing establishments and publishing houses as the Riverside Press,
William E. Rudge, Cambridge University Press, and Harvard University Press.
Based on Nicolas Jenson's Roman type of 1470, Rogers' elegant 'Centaur'
type, commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Museum, is considered by
many to be one of the most perfect typefaces ever designed. Rogers'
reputation as the leading American classical typographer of the first half
of the 20th century remains unchallenged.

Following the lecture, a reception will be held at the Book Arts Center in
Morgan Hall on the Wells College campus where participants may speak with
Mr. Johnson and view an exhibit of selected Rogers' Riverside Press work.
The exhibit will remain on display through March 8, 2003. A catalogue
especially printed for this exhibition by the Wells College Press in
conjunction with the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler will
be available for sale.

The lecture series is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts
Lecture Fund, established and sustained through the generosity of Susan
Garretson Swartzburg, Wells College Class of 1960.

Inspired by Victor Hammer, founder of the Wells College Press and an
internationally-renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer,
the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas
of book arts and technologies. Students in Wells Book Arts Center classes
learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills
in the fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book
arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with
field trips to the area's remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper
mills and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution
of letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the
book. Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center is not
an atavistic curiosity; it actively investigates and incorporates
innovations of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the
mission of the College by revealing the essential role of the book in
Western culture and the liberal arts.

Established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo and American
Express, Wells is a liberal arts college dedicated to preparing women for
the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Wells College was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells
Fargo and American Express companies. Wells had a vision of creating an
institution to advance women through liberal arts education. Today, Wells
College continues this tradition by offering quality academic programs to
women from across the United States and several foreign countries. The
college is located in the beautiful village of Aurora, on Cayuga Lake
between Ithaca and Auburn, New York.

For more information about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts
Center at 315-364-3420 or by email at bookartscenter@wells.edu.

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Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026

315-364-3420
bookartscenter@wells.edu


*** Please note that www.wells.edu/bkarts/bkarts1.htm is still up and
running, but terribly out-of-date. Our new site
www.wells.edu/bookarts/index.html will be posted early in the upcoming year.



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