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WELLS COLLEGE BOOK ARTS LECTURE - Sue Allen on Sarah Wyman Whitman

October 11, 2000


Aurora, New York - "The Book Cover Art of Sarah Wyman Whitman" is the
title of this fall's Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts
Lecture to be held at Wells College on Wednesday, October 18.  The event
will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the college's Art Exhibit Room, and is free
and open to the public.

Sue Allen, book cover designer and lecturer, will tell the tale of Sarah
Wyman Whitman, an artist and society leader living in Boston's Beacon
Hill area between 1890 - 1900. A charter member of the Boston Society of
Arts and Crafts, Whitman worked in the brilliant style representative of
the turn of the century. Her extraordinary book covers are still an
inspiration to designers and collectors around the world.

"My interest in Whitman's covers grew out of my own work designing
covers for university and library publication," states Allen. "I look at
all 19th century covers from the designer's viewpoint, and Whitman's
work is truly remarkable."

Allen is currently writing a book entitled "Gold on Cloth: American Book
Covers 1830 - 1910." The volume describes the materials, technology, and
changing styles that are found on 19th century book covers, a subject
that she has taught for the past seven years. Allen has an art school
background and is trained in graphic design. She is a lecturer at the
Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Wells College has an incomparable resource in the Book Arts Center,
which consists of the Wells College Press and the Class of 1932 Bindery.
The center functions as a learning center, sponsoring classes,
exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops and symposia in the
fine arts, literary arts, bookbinding, printing, publishing, and related
fields. It is a classroom, laboratory, and a library for information and
inspiration, and serves as a magnet for all who wish to study the art of
the book.

Victor Hammer, the world-renowned printer, founded the Wells College
Press in 1941. Hammer operated the press until his retirement in 1948.
In 1991, the college established the Book Arts Center in order to
continue the Hammer tradition.

The lecture series is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book
Arts Lecture Fund, established and sustained through the generosity of
Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60.

For further information, contact Bruce Bennett <brbennett@wells.edu>

Directions to Wells College can be found by scrolling down the page at:

Philobiblon: Book Arts, Different By Design
Hand Binding, Conservation, and Project Websites
Peter D. Verheyen
<Fax: 612.632.3718>

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