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April 12, 2007

UI Center For The Book Receives $90,000 Grant

The University of Iowa Center for the Book has secured a $90,000 anonymous grant to fund the hiring of a printer-in-residence and to provide fellowships supporting the work of graduate students enrolled in the program.

A unit within the Graduate College, the Center for the Book offers courses in the history and art of the book. Students can earn a graduate certificate in book arts, book technologies and book studies. The certificate is offered as a stand-alone credential or as a complement to a graduate degree in a conventional department.

The grant will enable the center to search nationally for a visiting artist and to work locally by sustaining student creativity and research in the areas of printing, binding, papermaking and calligraphy. Bringing in a visiting letterpress printer will further the rich array of printing classes already offered by the center. The fellowships will support artists and scholars who are both producing original art work and maintaining traditions of knowledge.

"The printing curriculum points in at least three directions," said Matthew P. Brown, director of the Center for the Book. "The studios provide an historical awareness of how print shops operated in the past. They nurture fine press and artist's book production in the present. And, through this creative practice, they offer research environments fostering innovations in design crucial to future incarnations of the book."

Co-written by Brown and UI Bookbinding Lecturer Julia Leonard, the grant emphasizes graduate education.

"We are grateful to Graduate College Dean John Keller for his support of the program, and we see the fellowships as playing an important role in enabling the kind of graduate learning that the UI Center for the Book embraces," Brown said. "The center's unique program puts it in line with the university's groundbreaking graduate degrees in studio art and creative writing."

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CONTACTS: Program: Matthew Brown, 319-335-2365,; Media: Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0070,