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[BKARTS] Suzanne Moore to lecture at Wells College
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The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Suzanne Moore
will present this spring's Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts
Lecture at Wells College. The lecture, entitled "Everything Begins with A:
Alphabets, Architecture, and the Art of the Book," will be given at 8:00 pm
on Monday, March 31 in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells
College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Suzanne Moore is a lettering artist and designer who combines contemporary
vision with traditional scribal techniques, painting and drawing in
manuscript books, limited edition books and broadsides.
Writing about one of Moore¹s works, Facets of the Diamond, in Calligraphy
Review (volume 9, number 2), Betty Bright said: "Moore¹s supreme sense of
color and movement find expression on the page surface itself, as a colored
background which changes to reflect the meaning of the text as it moves
through the book. Her rhythmic, sweeping brush strokes and vibrant layering
of colors suggest a cross between Morris Louis and Matisse in the spatial
effect akin to that achieved in the Moroccan paintings. Like Matisse, Moore
invents her own architecture of the book whose levels seem to build upon and
down into the page¹s surface, capturing the poem within the creative
timeline of paint."
Subjects of Suzanne¹s painting and drawings include Sequoyah and the
Cherokee writing system, the history and spirituality of gardening, and
non-Latin alphabets. Ms. Moore has taught lettering and arts-related
subjects throughout the United States and in Europe, Hong Kong and Japan.
Her work is exhibited widely, and her manuscript books have been acquired
for major private and public collections in the United States and Europe,
including the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; The Library of Congress;
the James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, California; and the special
collections of Harvard University, Wellesley and Smith Colleges.
Suzanne currently art directs the Lettering Design and Font Design Group at
American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio, and she is one of seven artists (and
one of only two Americans) illuminating the St. John¹s Bible, a manuscript
Bible commissioned by the Benedictine St. John¹s Abbey, in Collegeville,
Minnesota. This monumental work is overseen by Donald Jackson at his
Scriptorium in Wales.
Ms. Moore's slide lecture will focus on selections from her 20-year career
as a designer, painter, lettering artist and collaborative book maker. The
Book Arts Center will host a reception in Morgan Hall immediately after the
lecture so that guests may see a display of Ms. Moore¹s work and speak with
The lecture series is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts
Lecture Fund, established by Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 and sustained
through the generosity of her family.
Inspired by Victor Hammer, founder of the Wells College Press and an
internationally-renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer,
the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas
of book arts and technologies. Students in Wells book arts classes learn the
history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the
fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with
visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field
trips to the area's remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills
and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of
letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the book.
Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center is not an
atavistic curiosity; it actively investigates and incorporates
innovations of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the
mission of the College by revealing the essential role of the book in
Western culture and the liberal arts.
Wells College was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of the Wells
Fargo and American Express companies. Wells had a vision of creating an
institution to advance women through liberal arts education. Today, Wells
College continues this tradition by offering quality academic programs to
women from across the United States and several foreign countries. Wells
College is dedicated to preparing women for the challenges and opportunities
of the 21st century. The college is located in the beautiful village of
Aurora, on Cayuga Lake, between Ithaca and Auburn, New York.
For more information about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts
Center by phone at 315-364-3420 or by email at bookartscenter@xxxxxxxxx, or
visit us on the world-wide web at
Wells Book Arts Center
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026
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