Sunday, March 23, 2008

Welford Taylor Introduces Woodcut Artist J. J. Lankes

Please join us at the University of Tampa Library on Tuesday, April 1, at 3 p.m. for a short talk by Welford Dunaway Taylor of Richmond, Virginia, entitled "A Brief Introduction to J. J. Lankes, His Work and His Press."

Prof. Taylor edited the splendid new edition of J. J. Lankes's A WOODCUT MANUAL for the University of Tampa Press in 2006, and was instrumental in arranging for the Tampa Book Arts Studio to acquire Lankes's 1848 Washington handpress on long-term loan. He is the leading authority on Lankes, one of the premier American woodcut artists of the 20th century, best-known for his many collaborations with Robert Frost.

Prof. Taylor will speak at 3 p.m. in the MacDonald-Kelce Library, second floor, room AV 2. Original prints and publications by Lankes, some of which were given to the Tampa Book Arts Studio collection by Prof. Taylor, will be on display to illustrate the talk.

Welford Dunaway Taylor taught American literature for forty years at The University of Richmond, retiring in 2004 as James A. Bostwick Professor of English, Emeritus. He is the author of numerous books on American literature and the graphic arts, including THE WOODCUT ART OF J. J. LANKES, ROBERT FROST AND J. J. LANKES: RIDERS ON PEGASUS, SHERWOOD ANDERSON, and REGARDING ELLEN GLASGOW: ESSAYS FOR CONTEMPORARY READERS.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to 813-257-3099 or by email to to reserve a seat.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Preserving Traditional Arts & Crafts of the Book

The Tampa Book Arts Studio preserves the traditional arts and crafts of letterpress printing and fine bookmaking. Operated by the University of Tampa Press, the Studio allows students and visitors to experience a historic collection of antique printing presses and equipment. Its library of books about books, including rare books, private press publications, and samples of historic and artistic letterpress printing is a non-circulating research collection of national distinction.

Programs, exhibits, and workshops offer hands-on experiences that will change your understanding of the book and enrich your appreciation for a great tradition.

The Friends of Tampa Book Arts Studio foster and support the work and programs of TBAS. Members receive discounts on publications and special events as well as many other benefits. Please consider lending your support with an annual tax-deductible membership donation of $25. Email us for details.