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  • Jill Littlewood
    ... From: Wells Book Arts Center To: sfletterpress-L Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 10:08 AM Subject: [sfletterpress] Wells College announces the Victor
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2003
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      From: Wells Book Arts Center
      To: sfletterpress-L
      Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 10:08 AM
      Subject: [sfletterpress] Wells College announces the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the BookArts 2004-2006

      BOOK ARTS.

      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. The two-year
      fellowship consists of a residency at Wells College and an apprenticeship at
      the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler in Skaneateles, New
      York. 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 responsibilities of the Victor Hammer Fellow include teaching one course
      in the book arts each semester of the two-year appointment. Previous courses
      have included Letterpress Printing I and II, History of the Book, and
      Calligraphy. In the Book Arts Center, the Fellow usually designs and prints
      broadsides for the Creative Writing Department's Visiting Writers Program;
      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 the daily functions of the foundry,
      as needed, and produces work for the benefit of Wells and its students. The
      Fellow is encouraged (and 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. For Fellows interested in letterpress printing, the Center has a
      Vandercook Universal 1 in the Wells College Pressroom dedicated especially
      for their use.

      The stipend is $24,000 for each of the two years covering the period 15
      August 2004 through 31 July 2006. Limited funds for professional
      development, conference or workshop attendance are available. Housing, a
      retirement plan, and health & life insurance are also available through the

      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. Writing skills are an asset.

      Candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae or résumé detailing
      education and related work experience. A brief statement concerning career
      objectives, four to ten slides of recent work, and three letters of
      recommendation are required. Applications should be sent to:

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

      Applications for the 4th Victor Hammer Fellowship are due 15 February 2004.
      Finalists will be asked to submit a portfolio of work. Notification of the
      award will be 15 April 2004. 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
      Wells College
      Aurora, NY 13026


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