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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 
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. 
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 
Center's permanent 
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 
attendance are 
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 
materials. Applications 
should be sent to:

Victor Hammer Fellowship Search Committee
Office of the Dean 
Wells College 
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 
to apply.

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.

Respectfully cross-posted

Terrence P. Chouinard
Director of the Wells Book Arts Center
Lecturer in the Humanities
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, NY 13026


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