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.
Kathleen O’Connell is an artist who creates prints, drawings, artist’s books and objects. Her experiences include earning an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, four years working at the Silver Buckle Press, several years piecing together a living involving art making, travel, artist residencies, assorted art-related jobs, freelance work, workshop instruction and teaching positions in book arts and printmaking (Italy, Chile, Peru; New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon, North Carolina). Currently, Kathleen is an Associate Professor of Print Media, specializing in Book Arts and Letterpress, at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Outside of the classroom, she continues to make her own artwork, collaborate, travel, teach workshops and serve as an Executive Officer on the Board of Directors of the College Book Art Association.
What Hamilton means to me:
Hamilton is people and type. It is people (and type) coming together to make something bigger—a community formed from a common interest, curiosity and desire to learn about wood type, letterpress, printing, history, presses, typography, design, care-taking, preservation of the past and connecting the past to the future. I measure the importance of Hamilton by both the endurance and strength of its type and of the relationships within the community of people tied to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Hamilton connects us! Hamilton endures!