The Juried Student Exhibition is hosted by West Virginia University every fall semester for the art and design majors. It showcases about twenty different students, and a guest Juror is invited and determines the awardees. Under my independent study, I had the opportunity to design and letterpress the posters that are given to the awardees.
My professor, Joseph Galbreath, is the director of WVU’s GramLee Collection which includes hundreds of woodblocks and metal printing blocks dating back to the 1800s. The independent study focused on our letterpress lab and the GramLee Collection. In creating the poster, it began with finding interesting woodblocks that acted as a border then finding different ways to lay wood-type within those shapes. After typesetting the letters, the final poster is printed with three runs.