APHA’s Chesapeake Chapter is an active group of collectors & letterpress printers sponsoring monthly lectures, fields trips and other gathering opportunities on an informal basis. Generally, made up of members from within 90 miles of Washington, DC, the chapter enjoys close-by access to a variety of major APHA-related collections, such as the Library of Congress & the Smithsonian, along with a large number of museums and libraries with important book and printing history holdings.
The chapter also has an active group of letterpress printers with a variety of equipment and varied missions, producing a variety of work from ephemera and keepsakes to posters and books. Most times one of the printing members will produce a keepsake for those attending the events.
We will eventually get most of our chapter’s past history transferred to this main APHA site, but in the meantime you can visit the Chesapeake Chapter’s website.
current officers through 2014
Val Lucas, President
Casey Smith, Vice President
George Barnum, Treasurer
Jim Wilder, Secretary
DEADLINE – December 15, 2013
For students – Apply for a free 2014 Chesapeake Chapter Membership Fellowship.
Students currently enrolled full-time in a college or university program are encouraged to apply for a one-year fellowship to the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association to cover APHA membership .The membership includes a subscription to the biannual publication Printing History, invitations to Chapter events such as studio tours, behind-the-scenes museum visits, workshops and more, as well as discounted registration for the annual APHA conference.
APHA is a membership organization that encourages the study of the history of printed and related arts and crafts, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing. The Chesapeake Chapter has members in the DC -Baltimore – Virginia – Delaware area and represents printers, artists, curators, historians, and collectors.
The fellowship will cover National and Chapter dues for January through December 2014. This is a one-time award.
To apply, please send a short written statement expressing your interest in the history and / or practice of printing and related arts, and what you hope to gain from a year with the Chapter’s diverse community.
Deadline to apply is December 15.
Send your statement or any questions to Val Lucas, Chapter President at email@example.com with the subject line “Chesapeake Chapter Fellowship Application.”
For more information on APHA, visit the national site at printinghistory.org and our chapter site at printinghistory-chesapeake.org.
Saturday, December 7, Noon until 7pm
Corcoran Print and Book Forum
Corcoran College of Art + Design, Art and the Book Program, and Marginalia Press
Armand Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th Street NW, Washington, DC.
ALL APHA MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS INVITED.
12:00 noon – KEYNOTE SPEAKER (12 pm)
Peter Koch Creating the Bibliosphere: CODEX and
the future of the book, an internationally noted designer,
printer, artist, and author.
PETER KOCH founded Montana Gothic: A Journal of Poetry, Literature & Graphics, Black Stone Press, and a letterpress printing office in 1974. In 1979, Koch embarked on a one-year apprenticeship with Adrian Wilson at his renowned Press in Tuscany Alley on Telegraph hill in San Francisco. Since the dissolution of Black Stone Press in 1983, he has published under numerous imprints named to suit different facets of his work: Peter Koch, Printers; Hormone Derange Editions; and Editions Koch. In 2005, he created the CODEX Foundation to preserve and promote the arts of the book and is currently director of the CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium.
From 1991 to 2011, he taught the history of the book as a work of art at
University of California Berkeley. His writings on the book as art and artifact have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, most recently in Book Art Object Volumes 1 and 2, and in the CODE(X)+1 monograph series. His books and artworks have been the subject of major solo exhibitions at The New York Public Library, The San Francisco Public Library, The Widener Library at Harvard University, The Yellowstone Art Museum, and The University of Montana Art Museum.
TIM WINKLER of XYZPDQPress, a 2013 graduate of the Book Arts MFA Program at the University of Alabama will speak in the afternoon. His emerging practice is focused on small, ephemeral works in both traditional and new media. Timothy’s research interests include: the history of book design and illustration; print cultures in developing nations; and mail art and zines. He first began to learn letterpress at Hatch Show Print in Nashville and then at Yee-Haw Industries when it was still in Kentucky. A former Penland instructor, Timothy will start teaching college art courses in the Spring of 2014 while continuing to work as an illustrator and a studio artist. Since 2011, he has been the owner and main employee of the semi-imaginary studio, XYZPDQ Press, which is currently located in central Alabama.
PANEL GROUP DISCUSSION : The Future of the Print and Book Form
LESLIE OVERSTREET, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
MATTHEW KIRSHENBAUM, Associate Professor of English, Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland
NATALIE CAMPBELL and MARTINE WORKMAN, Independent Print and Book
Artists and Collaborators
SHANNON COLLIS, Assistant Professor Digital Foundations/Printmaking,
Art Department, University of Maryland
Variations on Non-Adhesive Structures by SARAH McDERMOTT, Art
and the Book faculty member
Vegetable Papers by MARJORIE DEVEREUX, recent Art and the Book
graduate, letterpress printer for Haute Papier, and Papermaking
Associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
INVITATIONAL PRINT & BOOK FAIR
An invitation book and print fair will be held in conjunction with
the day’s forum event where renown artists will sell their unique
book and print ephemera in the Corcoran Gallery of Art atrium.
CLOSING WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION
Come celebrate a full day of an exchange of print and book knowledge with a closing wine and cheese reception in the Gallery 31. Reception is sponsored by the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association. Corcoran College of Art + Design, Art and the Book Program, and Marginalia Press.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC