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Wells College announces the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts 2006-2008

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    Victor Hammer was a master craftsman of every medium in which he chose to work: printing, bookbinding, calligraphy, typography, and punch cutting. His legacy
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 6, 2006
      Victor Hammer was a master craftsman of every medium in which he chose to
      work: printing,
      bookbinding, calligraphy, typography, and punch cutting. His legacy of writing
      about art and
      architecture is keenly perceptive and persuasive of his aesthetic vision.
      Hammer taught in the Wells Art
      Department from 1939 to 1948, where in 1941 he founded the Wells College

      In honor of Hammer's unique vision and rare abilities, Wells College
      inaugurated the Victor Hammer
      Fellowship in 1998. Hammer Fellows work to foster an understanding and
      appreciation of book arts
      among undergraduates while furthering their own contributions to the field.
      Consisting of a residency
      at Wells College and an apprenticeship at the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael
      & Winifred Bixler in
      Skaneateles, New York, the two-year fellowship is designed to help emerging
      book artists establish
      their name in the field. The Hammer Fellow's expertise and various activities
      enhance the educational
      mission of the Book Arts Center and Wells and increase awareness of the book
      arts as a field of study
      and practice both at Wells and in the community at large.

      The primary responsibility of the Victor Hammer Fellow is to teach one course
      in the book arts each
      semester of the two-year appointment. Previous courses have included
      Letterpress Printing I and II,
      Hand Bookbinding I and II, and History of the Book, as well as topics courses
      such as Calligraphy, the
      Printed Edition, and Inspiration & the Medieval Book. In addition, the Fellow
      usually designs and prints
      some broadsides for the Creative Writing Department's Visiting Writers
      Program; under the guidance of
      the Director, helps organize lectures, exhibits and workshops; and serves as
      liaison between the Center
      and the community. As an apprentice at the Bixler's Press and Letterfoundry,
      the Fellow assists in their
      work, as needed, and produces work for the benefit of Wells and its students.
      The Fellow is expected to
      produce her or his own portfolio of work, copies of which become part of the
      Center's permanent
      collection. To that end, an additional $1000 per annum is budgeted for the
      Fellow's supplies, and a
      private space with a computer & phone is reserved as a modest studio and
      office. In the Wells College
      Bindery, space & equipment are available for Fellows particularly interested
      in bookbinding; and in the
      Wells College Pressroom, a Vandercook Universal 1 is dedicated especially for
      use by Fellows who are
      interested in letterpress printing.
      The stipend is $27,000 for each of the two years, covering the period 15
      August 2006 through 31 July
      2008. Limited funds for professional development and conference or workshop
      attendance are
      available. Housing, a retirement plan, and health & life insurance are also
      available through the college.

      Candidates are expected to have a range of skills in the book arts and an
      advanced degree in a related
      field. Experience teaching one or more aspects of the book arts is preferred,
      and writing skills are an
      important and valuable asset.

      Candidates should submit a letter of interest summarizing their
      qualifications; a statement of teaching
      philosophy; an artist's statement; a current curriculum vitae detailing
      education and related work
      experience; 20 slides of current work with a slide list; 3 letters of
      reference; any other supportive
      materials (catalogues, show announcements, websites, CDs, etc.) that are
      deemed beneficial; and a
      stamped & self-addressed envelope for us to return the slides and any other
      materials. Applications
      should be sent to:

      Victor Hammer Fellowship Search Committee
      Office of the Dean
      Wells College
      Aurora, New York 13026

      Applications for the 5th Victor Hammer Fellowship are due 6 March 2006.
      Finalists will be asked to
      submit a portfolio of work. Notification of the award will be by 15 April
      2006. Wells College is an Equal
      Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged
      to apply.

      For more detailed information regarding the position, please contact the Wells
      Book Arts Center office.
      Interested parties are always welcome to arrange a visit, tour our facilities,
      and ask questions.

      Respectfully cross-posted

      Terrence P. Chouinard
      Director of the Wells Book Arts Center
      Lecturer in the Humanities
      Wells College
      170 Main Street
      Aurora, NY 13026

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