Ham at 20 is a collaborative poster project celebrating the twentieth anniversary of The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. For each month of 2019, a new poster (or two!) will be released via the Hamilton website shop in an edition of 50; 25 will be reserved for year-end portfolios that include all prints. The posters are being created by a roster of accomplished letterpress printers and promising up-and-comers starting in the field.
Bob Kelemen is a Cleveland-based graphic designer and artist specializing in letterpress printing. His prints frequently combine vintage wood and metal typography with found objects, such as game pieces, dice, dominoes, Lego building blocks, vinyl record albums, saw blades and wood scraps. Music and a sense of humor play key roles in his work.
Bob has served for more than 25 years as faculty at universities and colleges—both public and private—teaching a broad range of courses, including technical, formal and conceptual curriculum—as well as design history—to both undergraduate and graduate students. He manages Type High Press at Kent State University, one of the largest academic letterpress facilities in the Midwest and is Associate Professor of Instruction at the University of Akron. In his spare time, Bob teaches letterpress workshops and tinkers in his own studio, Black Walnut Letterpress, in his backyard barn.
He earned his BFA from Kent State University in graphic design and his MFA from Kent State in visual communication design, with a focus on environmental design. Bob's MFA thesis focused on using letterpress equipment to teach basic design principles to undergraduate graphic design students.
What Hamilton means to me:
What a cool place the HWT&PM is! I look forward to the wayzgoose each fall, riding the train from Cleveland to Chicago and then driving up to Two Rivers through the Wisconsin countryside. It's a chance to decompress, take in some great art and design, hear new ideas and immerse myself in an important part of graphic design and print history. Plus it's a chance to meet interesting folks, many of whom are even bigger geeks about all this stuff than I am!