Chapman University is thrilled to present Ink on Paper: A Letterpress Showcase as a continuing exhibition from the OC Great Park Gallery in Irvine earlier this summer. Rotating work from several artists in the show will be displayed July 30th, 2021–May 23rd, 2022 on the second floor of Argyros Forum on the main Chapman campus. This exhibition will give visitors unique insight into the art of letterpress through prints, processes, photography, and publications. Exhibiting artists include Ben Blount, Chris Chandler, Michelle and Angie Dreher, Jennifer Farrell, Jennifer Graves, Richard Kegler, Officina Tipografica Novepunti, Leslie Ross-Robertson, Mama’s Sauce, Studio on Fire, James Lewis Tucker, Mark Van Wageningen, Brad Vetter, Eileen Wallace, David Wolske, and a selection of excerpts from the book UPPERCASE PRINT/MAKER.
Rachelle W. Chuang from the Chapman Art Department curated the show to include many examples of how contemporary letterpress printers are using this historic medium in innovative ways that show creative concepts and techniques as well as exquisite craftsmanship with ink and paper. The year-long exhibition will also support several typography and graphic design classes though anyone who views the prints will enjoy them. Additional lectures, activities and letterpress printing opportunities are being planned as well.
This exhibition is supported by the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Art Collection Endowment and Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Fiona Shen, Director, Escalette Collection
Jessica Bocinski, Registrar, Escalette Collection
Henry Littleworth, Student Assistant, Escalette Collection
Rachelle W. Chuang, Curator, Chapman Art Department
Buzz Farmer, Wall Preparation and Painting
Justin and Josh Landis, Installation, Bartwood Art Department
Photography by Bernie Dickson