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[BKARTS] Donald Jackson to lecture at Wells College - April 29

The Wells College Book Arts Center is proud to announce that Donald Jackson
will present the 19th Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts

Jackson¹s slide lecture, entitled Walking in the Footsteps of Giants: The
Creation Processes of The Saint John's Bible, will be a personal interim
account of the images, inspirations and processes involved in the creation
of a handwritten and illuminated Bible. Commissioned by the Benedictine
Saint John's Abbey & University in Collegeville, Minnesota, this
seven-volume work employs the talents of a team of artists, scribes,
scrutchers, illuminators, illustrators, and schedulers. As the artistic
director of the Saint John¹s Bible, Jackson oversees the numerous aspects of
this monumental work at his scriptorium in Wales. His studio/workshop at the
Calligraphy Center in Wales is the only calligraphy atelier in the United
Kingdom where artist-calligraphers are still regularly employed as
assistants maintaining the highest traditions of this ancient art in a
modern context.

Jackson is well known to calligraphers throughout the world as Scribe to the
Crown Office of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in which capacity he
executes Historic Royal documents including Letters Patent under The Great
Seal and Royal Charters. He was decorated by the Queen with the Medal of The
Royal Victorian Order (MVO), which is awarded for personal services to the
Sovereign, in 1984.

Jackson is an elected Fellow and past Chairman of the prestigious Society of
Scribes and Illuminators, and Past Master of the 600-year-old Guild of
of the city of London. His innovative work and inspirational teaching,
together with books, a film series and exhibitions in Europe, North America,
Puerto Rico, Australia and China have led to his being widely acknowledged
as a seminal influence in Western calligraphy over the past 25 years. In
1980, he wrote The Story of Writing, which has since been published in many
editions and seven languages. His 30-year retrospective exhibition, Painting
With Words, premiered at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, in August 1988 and traveled to thirteen museums and galleries.

It was the first International Assembly of Lettering Artists seminar,
inspired by Jackson, that brought him to Saint John's University in 1981. He
has since attended and lectured at several other of these annual Assemblies,
including those held at Saint John's University in 1984 and 1990. Jackson
returned again to Saint John's in the summer of 1996 to serve as one of the
keynote speakers at Servi Textus: The Servants of the Text, a symposium that
included a calligraphy exhibition featuring Jackson's work along with that
of other artists, many of whom were his past students and past associates of
his atelier.

Mr. Jackson's lecture is part of a biannual series made possible through the
Heiland-Garretson Book Arts Lecture Fund, established by Susan Garretson
Swartzburg '60 and sustained through the generosity of her family. Mr.
Jackson's lecture will also be part of the Wells Book Arts Center's upcoming
symposium entitled Matter and Spirit: The Genesis & Evolution of the Book,
which will bring together presenters and attendants from around the world.
Matter and Spirit will be held 29 April through 1 May 2004 on the campus of
Wells College. The lecture will be given at 8:00 pm on Friday, April 29 in
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. There will be a reception immediately
following the presentation outside Phipps Auditorium.

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 http://www.wells.edu/bookarts


Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, New York 13026



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