Reclaiming the Commons

Saturday, March 2

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 


In this workshop participants will make a letterpress poster for a community organization or special event of their choice. During the morning, the group will work collaboratively to create the foundation for the posters, by printing layers of typographic elements using brilliantly colored ink. In the afternoon, we will finish printing the individual designs over the top in black. Work in the KBAC studio using our movable type and presses, to rediscover how letterpress can be used to celebrate and reclaim the community commons.

Amos P. Kennedy, Jr. is a printer, book artist, and papermaker, who is best known for creating brilliantly-colored letterpress prints that express social and political commentary. Using hand presses, he produces large editions of typographically-driven posters, often layered with many vibrant colors of ink. His bold and challenging prints have been collected by libraries, and he has taught workshops throughout the US, South America, and Europe. In 2009, the feature-length documentary film Proceed and Be Bold, focused on his life and work. In 2015, he was honored as a United States Artists Glasgow Fellow in Crafts.

Amos P. Kennedy Jr.'s visit is supported by a Visiting Scholars and Artists Grant from WMU and co-sponsored by Special Collections and Rare Books and the Frostic School of Art.

Households who donate over $50 receive a year long 10% discount on enrollment fees and store purchases. Learn more about donating.


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