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  • Brian Molanphy
    listmembers, this is the press release for the exhibition. -brian NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CAMPUS PRESS CELEBRATED IN NEW ART EXHIBIT The Press at Colorado
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      listmembers, this is the press release for the exhibition. -brian


      NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CAMPUS PRESS
      CELEBRATED IN NEW ART EXHIBIT

      "The Press at Colorado College" Tells Story of a Passion for Printing

      COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - April 13, 2004 - Students remember passing
      dampened sheets of Rives Heavyweight paper to Jim Trissel, watching as he
      precisely placed each sheet, stamped it with a press-mounted plate, and
      handed it back.

      For 22 years they worked with this impassioned artist at The Press at
      Colorado College, and today, they continue to create finely made books,
      keeping alive an art professor's sense of discovery, his love for the
      aesthetically beautiful book, and a legacy of fine printing that made its
      mark nationally and internationally, including:

      - Three publications included in the New York Public
      Library's exhibits "Seventy from the Seventies," "Eighty from the
      Eighties," and the current "Ninety from the Nineties."
      - Several books collected by the Newberry Library in Chicago
      - A book produced on commission from the Arts for Nature
      Trust of England as a 75th birthday gift for Prince Phillip, Duke of
      Edinburgh

      From April 17 through May 16, the fine art of such handset,
      letterpress-printed books created at The Press at Colorado College will be
      celebrated in a new exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: "The
      Press at Colorado College: The Pressroom as Classroom." After its Colorado
      Springs run, the exhibit will travel to Scripps College, the Newberry
      Library in Chicago, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the University
      of Arts in Philadelphia.

      On April 24, book-arts fans can visit The Press at Colorado College (at
      Jackson house, on the southeast corner of North Nevada Avenue and San
      Rafael Street on the Colorado College campus, Colorado Springs) for a free
      open house where they can view the limited-edition books created there
      since 1977.

      The first press was brought to Colorado College in the mid-'70s by
      then-provost Jim Stauss, who enlisted Trissel, a professor of studio art
      and art history, to help transport it. But Stauss died shortly thereafter,
      and the press sat unused for several years. In 1977, it came to life - as
      did Trissel's interest. Trissel - whose father and grandfather had both
      worked as printers - took a sabbatical from 1977 to 1978 to immerse
      himself in the technology, design and history of printing. He sought out
      and learned from the very best in the art of fine printing, and he began
      to collect classic typefaces.

      In 1979 Trissel, five students and another faculty member printed Wendell
      Berry's "Reverdure," one of the first books issued by The Press at
      Colorado College. An initially disgruntled Berry - he had earlier refused
      to sign any books - saw the finished 100 copies, and immediately signed
      them all. That book was selected for "Seventy from the Seventies" at the
      New York Public Library.

      In the ensuing 20 years, Trissel and his students turned out nearly 40
      books, including some that he authored, including "LETTERpressworkBOOK,"
      currently on display in the New York Public Library's "Ninety from the
      Nineties" exhibit. At least 200 students - about 10 each year - worked
      with him, tweezering letters and spaces into place, aligning registration
      so a color would print perfectly on pages as they were fed into the press,
      one at a time. It was painstaking work; often a year or more was spent on
      one book. Sometimes only 25 copies of a particular book were made.

      Trissel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1998, and died in 1999.
      The Press at Colorado College, now under the supervision of press
      coordinator and former Trissel student Brian Molanphy, continues to print
      books - poetry, history, sacred literature, historical documents and more
      - and students continue to learn the fine art of printing, carrying on the
      legacy of the fine campus press.

      The catalog for the exhibit "The Press at Colorado College: The Pressroom
      as Classroom" is available for purchase at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts
      Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, (719) 634-5583; or at The Press
      at Colorado College, (719) 389-6376. $15+$2 for shipping. The catalog
      features essays by Trissel, former student/now faculty member and poet
      David Mason, former faculty member and poet Joan Stone, curator and
      book-arts expert Betty Bright, and Newberry Library curator Paul Gehl, as
      well as images of some of the pages created at the press.

      Exhibition and open house information:
      Saturday, April 17-Sunday, May 16
      Exhibition opening: "The Press at Colorado College: The Pressroom as
      Classroom," an exhibit on book arts and fine-quality books printed by The
      Press at Colorado College. Exhibit will tour to Scripps College, the
      Newberry Library in Chicago, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and the
      University of Arts in Philadelphia after this show.
      9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Colorado
      Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., (719) 634-5583, $2-$5.

      Saturday, April 24
      Open House: Demonstration of The Press at Colorado College, as well as
      viewing and sale of the high-quality books produced there since 1977 using
      letterpress printing, calligraphy, and other book-arts printing
      techniques. Offered in conjunction with "The Press at Colorado College:
      The Pressroom as Classroom" exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts
      Center, April 17-May 16.
      Noon-5 p.m., Jackson House (southeast corner of North Nevada Avenue and
      San Rafael Street), Colorado College, free; RSVP to Brian Molanphy at
      (719) 389-6376.

      About Colorado College
      Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts and
      sciences college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college
      operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its 1,900 students study
      one course at a time in intensive 3_-week blocks.
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