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2014 Conference


Joint Annual 2014 Conference with the Friends of Dard Hunter

american printing history association
39th annual conference

October 16–18, 2014
San Francisco Center for the Book / Mills College, Oakland

paper on the press

Paper and printing presses share a wealth of connections. It is difficult to imagine two more intertwined inventions, or any other pair of innovations as significant to the enhancement of human knowledge, expression, and creativity. From hand-made to machine-made to digital, from industry to education to the arts, Paper on the Press, a joint annual conference of the American Printing History Association (APHA) and the Friends of Dard Hunter (FDH), will examine the historical and contemporary ties that bind paper and print through presentations, demonstrations, excursions—and camaraderie between the two organizations.

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about the friends of dard hunter

The Friends of Dard Hunter connects, encourages, and educates anyone interested in paper and hand papermaking. Founded to preserve the collection of books, papers, equipment, and artifacts that Dard Hunter collected in his decades of research on hand papermaking, FDH now provides a forum to exchange information. Through publications, annual meetings, and other means, FDH educates its members and the public about the art, craft, history, science, and technology of paper. These forums and educational activities promote and encourage the continued and creative practice of hand papermaking, allied paper arts, the book arts, and other arts practiced by Dard Hunter.

about The San Francisco Center for the Book 

The San Francisco Center for the Book is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fosters the joy of books and bookmaking, the history, artistry, and continuing presence of books in our culture and enduring importance as a medium of self-expression. We provide both a home for Bay Area book artists and a place where the wider community can discover book arts. Everyone is welcome here, experienced practitioners and newcomers alike. Over 300 workshops annually offer learning at all levels: from introductory to focused advanced courses spanning traditional bookbinding, cutting-edge printing techniques and experimental book forms. Exhibitions are designed to inform and inspire visitors. Free public programs include opening receptions for the exhibition program, poetry readings, book release parties for our publications, gallery talks, Open Houses and other community events like the annual Earth Day Extravaganza and Roadworks Street Fair.

about mills college book art and

the center for the book at Olin Library

The Mills College Book Art Program has offered pioneering curriculum since the early 1980s; today, students receive grounding in the conceptual, theoretical, historical, and craft foundations of contemporary artists’ bookmaking through classes that combine studio work and scholarly study. In the fall of 2009 Mills inaugurated an MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing Program, the first of its kind in the country.

The Center for the Book at F. W. Olin Library was established in 1989 to promote the cultural, literary, and aesthetic heritage of the book. Programs and projects encompass contemporary and historical concerns, and include the book arts, literacy, and local history. The Center for the Book involves both Mills and the local communities, acknowledging the extraordinarily rich resources of the Bay Area.