Visiting Printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. To Lead a Series of Public Workshops, Talks, and Exhibitions in Charlottesville in March
Charlottesville, VA – Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Center for the Book announces more than a dozen public events, printmaking demonstrations, classes, workshops, and exhibitions as part of the “Finding Wisdom” public art project with Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., generously funded by the University of Virginia’s Executive Vice President & Provost’s Office.
Kennedy, the inaugural Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Book, has collected sayings and aphorisms from Charlottesville-Albemarle community members in partnership with Virginia Humanities, area public schools, Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, and Monticello’s Getting Word Oral History Project since December. Kennedy has turned selected aphorisms into thousands of bold and colorful letterpress-printed posters, with thousands more to be made with community members during his upcoming visit to Charlottesville, March 8-25.
Kennedy will conduct dozens of partner workshops in public schools and with nonprofit organizations, as well as community printmaking events to demonstrate the art of letterpress printing and invite residents and visitors to create their own posters in his bold and colorful signature style.
“Finding Wisdom” posters will be exhibited in Charlottesville and Albemarle throughout March in dozens of locations ranging from coffee shops to City Hall, from schools to storefront windows, from Fashion Square Mall to the historic downtown mall, and from grocery stores to world heritage sites. More about the exhibitions, including a community scavenger hunt, will be announced in early March.
All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for hands-on workshops held at the Virginia Center for the Book, March 20-22. See below and VaBookCenter.org/finding-wisdom/ for detailed information and registration.
Drop-In Community Print Making
These programs are free and open to the public. Participants of all ages are invited to come make a letterpress poster with Kennedy on a small mobile press. Each event features one of the Finding Wisdom community aphorisms. Registration not required.
- Saturday March 9, 10 AM–2 PM
Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Rd.
Presented in conjunction with Charlottesville City Schools’ Art Connections Celebration
- Wednesday March 13, 6 PM–8 PM
Common House, 206 West Market St.
Presented in partnership with Quirk Hotel, featuring food and drink for purchase and special guests from Virginia Humanities
- Thursday March 14, 4 PM–4:45 PM
JMRL Crozet Library, 2020 Library Ave., Crozet
- Saturday March 16, 10 AM–12 PM
JMRL Central Branch, McIntire Room, 201 E. Market St.
- Saturday March 16, 2 PM– 4 PM
JMRL Central Branch, McIntire Room
- Thursday, March 21, 11 AM–1 PM
Welcome Gallery, 114 3rd NE
Presented in partnership with New City Arts Initiative and Second Street Gallery
- Sunday March 24, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Fashion Square Mall, 1600 Rio Road E
Presented in conjunction with Albemarle County Public Schools’ Visual Arts Festival
Screenings, Demos, and Artist Talks
These programs offer additional opportunities to learn about Kennedy’s work. Printing demos will include the chance for participants to make or take home a poster. All are free and open to the public, and registration is not required
- Screening of documentary film Proceed and Be Bold
Sunday March 17, 3 PM | JMRL Central Branch, McIntire Room
- Virginia Festival of the Book – Lit Fair Printing Demonstration with Kennedy at the Omni
Saturday March 23, 12 PM–4 PM | VA Festival of the Book, Omni Atrium
- Virginia Festival of the Book – Printing Demonstration with Kennedy at the Center
Sunday March 24, 12 PM–1 PM | VA Center for the Book, Jefferson School
- Virginia Festival of the Book – Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. Artist Talk at the Center
Sunday March 24, 1 PM–2:30 PM | VA Center for the Book, Jefferson School
- RBS “Presswork” Symposium: “Making & Teaching: Printing Technologies at Work”
March 25 | Co-sponsored by Rare Book School (RBS), UVA Libraries, and the Jefferson Trust. Details to come.
These workshops are free with advance registration required and presented as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. Limited space is available. Participants will print a number of aphorisms with Kennedy at the Virginia Center for the Book’s letterpress and book arts studio in the Jefferson School.
- Wednesday March 20, 12 PM–2 PM | VA Center for the Book, Jefferson School
- Thursday March 21, 4 PM–7 PM | VA Center for the Book, Jefferson School
- Friday March 22, 12 PM–4 PM | VA Center for the Book, Jefferson School
To Register Visit: VaBookCenter.org/finding-wisdom/
The Finding Wisdom project and Kennedy’s residency visits are generously funded by the University of Virginia’s Executive Vice President & Provost’s Office.
The Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Book is made possible in part by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.