Renowned American calligrapher Thomas Ingmire in conversation with Steve Woodall, Director, Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago; Duke Collier, collector; Joseph Goldyne; and Robert Williams, calligrapher. Paul F. Gehl, curator of the history of the book and printing at the Newberry, will moderate the discussion. A modest display of select Ingmire works from the Newberry’s collection will accompany the talk. This event is co-sponsored by Columbia College Chicago and is an official preview event for the exhibition, Form and Content: The Written Word, which opens Wednesday, September 18 at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.
Thomas Ingmire discovered calligraphy in the early 1970s while working in the field of landscape architecture. He joined English master calligrapher and illuminator Donald Jackson’s one-year postgraduate program at California State University in Los Angeles and in 1977 he became the first foreign member elected as a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (SSI) in London. In 1980 Ingmire held a Newberry fellowship, with which he continued his study of calligraphy. Ingmire’s early work was oriented around the exploration of calligraphy as a fine art medium. He has been focused on artist’s books since 2002, and since then he has collaborated with notable artist Manuel Neri and poets Tsering Wangmo Dhompa and David Jones Annwn.
Robert Williams retired as the assistant design manager at the University of Chicago Press in 1993. He studied calligraphy in Great Britain with Ann Camp, Dorothy Mahoney, and Donald Jackson, and bookbinding in Chicago with Elizabeth Kner and Bill Anthony. He has taught calligraphy at the Newberry Library, the Center for Book and Paper Arts, and various cities in the United States. The author of several articles on the history of calligraphy, he revised the entry on Western calligraphy in the Encyclopedia Britannica. He is also the editor of the diaries of the nineteenth-century Chicago journalist and publisher, John M. Wing, published by the Caxton Club and Southern Illinois University Press.
Earl M. (Duke) Collier, Jr. is on the board of the Codex Foundation, and a member of the Grolier Club, the Club of Odd Volumes and the Book Club of California, and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Boston Athenaeum. Collier earned a Bachelor of Arts at Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.
Steve Woodall is the Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts. Woodall served as Education Director and Artistic Director for the San Francisco Center for the Book from 1996 until 2008, where he developed an extensive program of workshops and exhibitions.
Joseph Goldyne, born in Chicago in 1942, studied medicine (M.D. University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, 1968) as well as art history (Harvard University, 1971). As an artist, he came to prominence on the West Coast in 1973 with his first solo exhibition at the Quay Gallery, San Francisco. Since 1985 Goldyne has created a number of livres d’artiste, working with printer/designers Andrew Hoyem, Peter Koch, and Wesley Tanner among others. He has commissioned works from Thomas Ingmire and has collaborated with him on several projects.
This program is free and no reservations are required.