Ham at 20

October 15 - December 31, 2019

Ham at 20 is a celebratory poster series honoring the 20th anniversary of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Throughout 2019, 28 posters were created by a diverse group of printers for Ham at 20. Many were invited to contribute and others volunteered; all were united by a passion for type, printing and Hamilton itself. The only directive was to include wood type. Design, content & materials were at the discretion of the individual printers/teams.

Ham at 20 was organized by Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press, also celebrating its 20th anniversary as a letterpress studio. Jen is artist-in-residence for 2019-2021 and Ham at 20 is her first initiative with the museum.

The posters will be created by a roster of accomplished letterpress printers and promising up-and-comers starting in the field. In this way, we can carry the important typographic legacy of Hamilton Wood Type through the next generation of designers and printers.

Ham at 20 is coordinated by Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press in Chicago, the Hamilton Visiting Artist for 2019-2021. Starshaped also celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2019 and Jennifer created the first print and is making the final portfolios at the end of 2019. All sales directly benefit the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

Paper for the posters is generously donated by French Paper and by Mohawk Paper for the final portfolios and colophons.

All prints are currently on display at the museum until December 31, 2019. Individual posters are available in the Hamilton shop or on the website while they last and portfolios will be available to pre-order by November 8, 2019.

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