Looking for something of significance for a grad or U.Va. alum? Maybe you should consider broadsides and collections in the Virginia Arts of the Book Center’s Kickstarter for Speaking in Faces. Not only will you receive high quality letterpress work, you’ll be helping a new book come into the world that will be a service to future U.Va. art and creative writing students who use the VABC print studio.
Rewards will deliver shortly after our May 19 deadline.
Charles Wright is an emeritus member of the University of Virginia faculty. Current Poet Laureate of the United States, he has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and international prizes for his poetry. His broadside was made by block printer, typesetter, VABC member, and U.Va. grad Josef Beery. Josef detailed his process here. ($75)
Rita Dove, who teaches in the University of Virginia’s creative writing program, was honored last fall by the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University. The broadside below was made by VABC member and U.Va. grad Kristin Adolfson specially for the conference. ($50)
Mary Szybist, who participated in U.Va’s undergraduate creative writing program, won the National Book Award in poetry in 2013 for her collection, Incarnadine. The broadside below was made by U.Va. M.F.A. graduate Kevin McFadden with the assistance of VABC Program Director Garrett Queen. ($50)
Charles W. Smith, who grew up near Waynesboro, was the first chair of the U.Va. Art Department. His artwork was commissioned for a 1937 book, The University of Virginia: Thirty-Two Woodcuts by Charles W. Smith. The VABC’s portfolio, Charles W. Smith, Academical Villager: Portraits of the University of Virginia Grounds by Its First Artist in Residence, contains sixteen prints from plates made for a later printing of this collection. Prints were restruck with permission of the family for an exhibit which appeared last year at the Small Special Collections Library (story here). The collection is enclosed in a handsome wrapper; individual prints of the U.Va. Grounds are well-suited for framing. ($350)