Published February 4, 2019

Announcing a Series of Public and Partnership Programs, Printmaking Workshops, and Exhibitions in Charlottesville with Visiting Printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.

Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Center for the Book announces a collaborative public art project for the Charlottesville-Albemarle community titled “Finding Wisdom” with Detroit-based printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. The Center’s inaugural Frank Riccio Artist in Residence, Kennedy will visit Charlottesville March 9-26, 2019 to participate in public printmaking events, hands-on workshops with partnering schools and nonprofits, and exhibitions in more than twenty public locations.

Finding Wisdom includes the creation of nearly 10,000 bold and colorful posters letterpress-printed by Kennedy and community members featuring sayings, quotes, and aphorisms submitted by central Virginia residents. The posters will be exhibited in March 2019 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.

Quotes were collected by Virginia Humanities beginning in December 2018 from public school students and teachers, area nonprofits including the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia and Monticello’s Getting Word Oral History Project, and the general public. The selection of featured quotes and creation of posters by Kennedy began in January 2019 and will continue leading up to and throughout his visit.

Regional printmakers are invited to participate by signing up to print an edition of 60 posters for the project on VaBookCenter.org/finding-wisdom/. Community members and UVA students interested in helping to install exhibitions March 4-9 should contact Tia Nichols at tmn7rc@virginia.edu.

Community members can participate in the residency free of charge by viewing exhibitions, attending events with Kennedy, and registering for letterpress printmaking workshops at the Virginia Center for the Book. A family-friendly scavenger hunt will be organized around the exhibitions and announced March 9.

Public events with Kennedy at libraries, galleries, and other locations will offer community members the chance to make their own posters to take home. Kennedy will also hold printmaking workshops at more than a dozen public schools and several area nonprofits. The residency will culminate during the Center’s 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book with a printmaking demo and artist talk on Sunday, March 24 from 12-2:30 PM at the Virginia Center for the Book in the Jefferson School.

A detailed schedule of additional residency events with workshop registration links will be announced by Virginia Humanities and available on VaBookCenter.org/finding-wisdom/ by March 1.

Kennedy’s visit has been shaped by Virginia Humanities in collaboration with Kennedy himself; UVA student liaison and project coordinator Tia Nichols; member artists of Virginia Center for the Book; and community partners from Albemarle County and Charlottesville Public Schools, Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, Jefferson Madison Regional Libraries, Light House Studio, Monticello’s Getting Word Oral History Project, New City Arts Initiative, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, UVA’s McIntire Department of Art and Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, and others.

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 Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial FoundationThe 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.



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