Published on October 10, 2013 by Sean FlyntSamford University Art Gallery will host an international exhibit of letterpress artwork Oct. 18-Nov. 29. The 918 Letterpress Ephemera Show takes its name from the .918” height of letterpress wood and metal type. Ephemera is defined as any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. Examples of letterpress printed ephemera include posters, greeting cards, pamphlets, postcards, tickets and zines.
A free public reception in the gallery 6-8 p.m. Oct. 18 offers refreshments and many activities, including:
• A free hand printed letterpress card for the first 100 attendees.
• Letterpress demonstrations with the opportunity for attendees to print their own poster.
• The opportunity to see outstanding letterpress work from around the world.
• A chance to talk with others who love and appreciate letterpress.
Samford visual arts professor and exhibit organizer Scott Fisk received more than 500 submissions from artists around the globe. Jurors then selected about 130 works from 81 artists for inclusion in the exhibit. Noted letterpress artists Sarah Bryant and Paul Moxon served as jurors alongside Fisk.
The exhibit and reception are free-of-charge and open the public. Samford Art Gallery is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday except holidays and school breaks.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.