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[BKARTS] Wells College announces the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts 2004-2006


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. 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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