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Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts, Wells College, Aurora NY

Announcing the
Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts

2000 -2002

The Wells College Book Arts Center
Wells College Aurora, NY 13026

The Wells College Book Arts Center seeks applicants for the Victor Hammer
Fellowship in the Book Arts: a two-year commitment from September 2000
through June 2002. The Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts was
founded in 1998 to further educate students in the history and practice of
the book arts.


The Hammer Fellow will teach a three- hour credit course in the History of
the Book in alternate semesters and a two- hour course in the craft of
letterpress printing each semester. Three days each week the Fellow will be
on the campus in Aurora, and two days each week at the Bixler Press and
Letterfoundry in nearby Skaneateles. The Hammer Fellow serves an
apprenticeship in letterpress printing, typecasting and book production.

The Fellow will also carry out printing projects assigned by the college
and will organize and conduct letterpress printing workshops in conjunction
with the Bixlers and the college. Wells plans to hold a major symposium in
the spring of 2002. The Fellow is expected to play a major role in planning
this event


The Book Arts Center consists of the Wells College Press and the Class of
1932 Bindery. Victor Hammer, a legendary practitioner of painting,
sculpture, and architecture, established the Wells College Press in thel
940s and the press served the college in a variety of artistic and
practical ways. Some of Victor Hammers most important work in printing and
type design was done during his time at Wells.

The Class of 1932 Bindery is a fully equipped fine book bindery with all
tools, supplies, and books for training. The bindery was a generous gift to
Wells in 1992 by Jane Webster Pearce '32.


Wells College, established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo
and the American Express Companies., is a four-year college for women
offering a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. The college's stellar
reputation in academics is derived from the strength of its faculty, an
ideal learning environment using a residential model, and the excellent
quality of its students.

The 360 acre Wells campus is located in the village of Aurora on the
eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The
Wells community is part of the thriving cultural and intellectual brain
trust of Central New York that includes nearby Cornell University in
Ithaca, New York.


Candidates for the Victor Hammer Fellowship are expected to hold an M F A,
M A, or equivalent degree in a book arts-related field. In addition, the
candidate should have experience in teaching some aspects of the book arts.
The Fellowship provides a stipend of $20,000 per annum with optional benefits.

Women and minonties are encouraged to apply



City State & Zip

Phone or E-mail address

Please include a current resume detailing education, related work
experience, a brief statement concerning your career objectives, and three
letters of recommendation, and mail to:

Victor Hammer Fellowship Search
Office of the Dean
Wells College
Aurora, New York 13026
Phone:  315 364 3241

For information:
Dr. Bruce Bennett
Director Wells College Book Arts Center

Applications due after: April 1st 2000.
Deadline: May 1st
Notification of award will be June 15, 2000.


Peter D. Verheyen
Publicity / Public Relations Chair
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