Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 26, 2012

Letterpress artist prints ticket for solo exhibit


The solo exhibit of letterpress artist Sarah Smith will be featured now through Sept. 25 at Endicott College in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly.

While teaching, Smith worked for 15 years as a rare book conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, and before that at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, Penn.

Smith creates a world where inanimate objects have emotions and family reunions, and where humans have absurd interactions. This solo exhibit will include letterpress, handmade letterpress printed books, woodblocks and process materials.

Smith has been teaching letterpress printing, bookbinding and printmaking for 10 years at Montserrat College of Art, where she helped to create a letterpress printing studio and BFA concentration in Book Arts.

She is a founding member of Imposition Press, and occasionally teaches letterpress at Mass Art and book-art workshops for Simmons Graduate Studies in Library Science. Previous to teaching at Montserrat, Smith taught book arts at Maryland Institute College of Art.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree in Studio Art, Art History, Latin Language and Literature at the University of Massachusetts and her master of fine arts in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Penn.

Her work can be found in collections and with booksellers such as Museum of Modern Art, Queens; Vamp and Tramp Booksellers in Alabama; Printed Matter in NYC; Banff Centre in Canada; The Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin; Boston Public Library; Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; Bancroft Library at U.C., Berkeley; Clapp Library, Wellesley College; Fine Arts Library at Indiana University and others.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The reception for this exhibit will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kathleen Moore at kmoore@endicott.edu or 978-232-2655.