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[BKARTS] Wells College announces the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts 2006-2008
Victor Hammer was a master craftsman of every medium in which he chose to
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.
Consisting of a residency
at Wells College and an apprenticeship at the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael
& Winifred Bixler in
Skaneateles, New York, the two-year fellowship is designed to help emerging
book artists establish
their name in the field. 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 primary responsibility of the Victor Hammer Fellow is to teach one course
in the book arts each
semester of the two-year appointment. Previous courses have included
Letterpress Printing I and II,
Hand Bookbinding I and II, and History of the Book, as well as topics courses
such as Calligraphy, the
Printed Edition, and Inspiration & the Medieval Book. In addition, the Fellow
usually designs and prints
some broadsides for the Creative Writing Department's Visiting Writers
Program; under the guidance of
the Director, 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 their
work, as needed, and produces work for the benefit of Wells and its students.
The Fellow is expected to
produce her or his own portfolio of work, copies of which become part of the
collection. To that end, an additional $1000 per annum is budgeted for the
Fellow's supplies, and a
private space with a computer & phone is reserved as a modest studio and
office. In the Wells College
Bindery, space & equipment are available for Fellows particularly interested
in bookbinding; and in the
Wells College Pressroom, a Vandercook Universal 1 is dedicated especially for
use by Fellows who are
interested in letterpress printing.
The stipend is $27,000 for each of the two years, covering the period 15
August 2006 through 31 July
2008. Limited funds for professional development and conference or workshop
available. Housing, a retirement plan, and health & life insurance are also
available through the college.
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,
and writing skills are an
important and valuable asset.
Candidates should submit a letter of interest summarizing their
qualifications; a statement of teaching
philosophy; an artist's statement; a current curriculum vitae detailing
education and related work
experience; 20 slides of current work with a slide list; 3 letters of
reference; any other supportive
materials (catalogues, show announcements, websites, CDs, etc.) that are
deemed beneficial; and a
stamped & self-addressed envelope for us to return the slides and any other
should be sent to:
Victor Hammer Fellowship Search Committee
Office of the Dean
Aurora, New York 13026
Applications for the 5th Victor Hammer Fellowship are due 6 March 2006.
Finalists will be asked to
submit a portfolio of work. Notification of the award will be by 15 April
2006. Wells College is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged
For more detailed information regarding the position, please contact the Wells
Book Arts Center office.
Interested parties are always welcome to arrange a visit, tour our facilities,
and ask questions.
Terrence P. Chouinard
Director of the Wells Book Arts Center
Lecturer in the Humanities
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026
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