Letterpress and Book Arts Center

wooden cut letters laid out

paper stacks in sections

letterpress shop equipment

Letterpress and Book Arts Center

The Letterpress and Book Arts Center at the Ringling College of Art and Design is an interdisciplinary facility for education, creative research, collaboration, and production. The mission of the center is to bring together students, faculty, staff, visiting artists, alumni, friends, and other members of our community to honor, explore, and advance the potential of artists' publications to serve as connections between art, media, technology, and theory. The Center hosts undergraduate classes, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, and facilitates the production of artists’ publications by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists.

We Moved!

We are excited to announce that the Letterpress and Book Arts Center recently moved to our new home on the first floor of the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center. In our new location, we share a space with the Digital Fabrication Studio, creating an innovative lab in which students, faculty, and staff can access equipment ranging from our turn-of-the-century printing presses and over 300 drawers of vintage metal type to a state-of-the-art laser cutter and vacuum former. In addition, our campus facilities for glass (hot shop and cold shop), woodworking, papermaking, printmaking, photography, and sculpture are just a few steps away. We are thrilled to have relocated to this visually stunnning new building, designed and built to accommodate hands-on fabrication and art-making. We look forward to expanding our hours and celebrating our new shared space in the fall of 2019!

Hours By Appointment

Monday–Friday 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

Monitored Studio Hours

Monday–Thursday 6:30 PM–12:00 AM
一道本不卡免费高清Saturday–Sunday 12:00 PM–8:00 PM

Monitored Studio Hours at the Letterpress and Book Arts Center and Digital Fabrication Studio are available during the academic year for Ringling College of Art and Design degree and continuing education students and faculty. Orientations are required prior to use of the Letterpress, Bookbindery, Risograph, and Digital Fabrication equipment. Project consultations are also available, by appointment, for degree students and faculty who are new to the space or need some help getting started. Continuing education students can use the facilities during their scheduled class times. Ringling College of Art and Design staff may make a written request for special permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs to use the facilities for a specific project for a specific period of time. Students, faculty, staff, and community members who are interested in learning more about the Letterpress and Book Arts Center and Digital Fabrication Studio are welcome to schedule a visit by contacting the Coordinator of the center.

Contact Us
Bridget Elmer, Coordinator, Letterpress and Book Arts Center

Noah Coleman, Visual Art Center Studio Manager and Technician

Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center
1188 Dr. Martin Luther King Way
Sarasota, FL 34234

Campus Map #22



What's New?

Workshops and Orientations

Orientations are available for Ringling College of Art and Design degree students, faculty, and permitted staff who are interested in working in the Letterpress and Book Arts Center and Digital Fabrication Studio during Monitored Studio Hours. Each session includes hands-on instruction with an emphasis on learning to work safely and creatively with the equipment at the center. Anyone who successfully completes an orientation may use the demonstrated equipment during Monitored Studio Hours. Elective courses and intensive workshops are available for those interested in more extensive instruction. Please contact Bridget Elmer at (941) 309-4049 or belmer@c.jxxdbx.com for more information.

Letterpress Orientations

printing equipment

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM–11:30 PM
September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM–11:30 PM
一道本不卡免费高清September 18, October 2, October 16, October 30

Risograph Orientations

printing equipment

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM–12:15 PM
一道本不卡免费高清September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22

Thursdays, 11:30 AM–12:15 PM
September 19, October 3, October 17, October 31

Bookbindery Orientations

hand pressing letter through printer

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM–12:15 PM
一道本不卡免费高清September 17, October 1, October 15, October 29

Thursdays, 11:30 AM–12:15 PM
September 12, September 26, October 10, October 24

Events and Opportunities

Paper Jam 2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
一道本不卡免费高清12:00 PM–4:00 PM

is an annual alternative book fair, open to the public and hosted at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library一道本不卡免费高清 at Ringling College of Art and Design, with a mission to empower emerging and diverse voices. The juried fair is open to all Ringling College students, faculty, and staff, as well as artists, collectives, and publishers from the community. The fair features comics, zines, graphic novels, artists’ books, photobooks, creative writing, illustrated books, and experimental printed matter. Paper Jam is organized by the Letterpress and Book Arts Center, , and Goldstein Library in collaboration with . The 2019 vendor applications open September 16 and close October 7 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Artist's Publication Series

letterpress equipment with students working in background

The Letterpress and Book Arts Center invites applications for our annual Artist's Publication Series. This program invites visiting artists to propose an original artist's publication that, if chosen by the selection committee, is produced in collaboration with Ringling College students, faculty, and staff at the Letterpress and Book Arts Center. Production takes place over the course of the academic year and the finished edition is released at the conclusion of each spring semester. Artists previously featured in the series include , , , , , and . For more information about the series, to submit a proposal, or to inquire about collecting one of our original artists' publications, please contact Bridget Elmer at (941) 309-4049 or belmer@c.jxxdbx.com.

Visiting Artists

Noelle Stillman
October 2019

is a teaching artist based in Tampa Bay, FL. Stillman is a graduate of Plymouth State University, earning both Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2013,and Masters in Teaching in Art Education in 2014. Her teaching practice is grounded in equity, as she builds bridges between the artist community and public education by teaching visual arts within the public sector, non-government organizations, as well as out-of-classroom programs. Stillman continues to seek the paths between communities within her interdisciplinary artist practice. Her work has been showcased nationally.

Jessica Spring
February 2020

一道本不卡免费高清 started setting cold type on a Compugraphic Editwriter 7300 phototypesetting machine (a huge console with a big green screen) in 1982 as an undergraduate English major, beginning a lifelong interest in typography. She learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since, even inventing for the composition of metal type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at —artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. Her most recent project, with Chandler O'Leary, is their book published by Sasquatch Books. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

Jim Sherraden
March 2020

一道本不卡免费高清 has been an active and popular printmaker since 1980 and his work is collected by individuals and institutions worldwide. His art has toured with the Smithsonian and has been shown at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as multiple venues both in the United States and abroad. He is also an award winning author and lyricist. Since 1984 Sherraden’s name has been synonymous with , the iconic letterpress poster and design shop in Nashville, Tennessee. For his work at Hatch, Sherraden was a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Artist Award for the state of Tennessee, is the American Advertising Nashville 2013 Silver Medalist, and was awarded the Krider Prize for Creativity by the UCDA in the fall of 2014.


About Us

The Letterpress and Book Arts Center was established at the Ringling College of Art and Design in May of 2011, with the acquisition of Harold and Judilee Sterne’s studio. Harold "Hal" Sterne, who passed away in 2010, began printing at the age of 14 and is a central figure in the history of letterpress printing and equipment preservation. Hal co-founded NA Graphics with Tom Bell and purchased Vandersons (previously Vandercook & Sons) just days before the company was scheduled to close its doors. As Fritz Klinke (current owner of NA Graphics) explains, if it weren't for Hal, "we would have nothing in the way of support for these presses today."

The Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Center currently houses six operational printing presses, including a Chandler and Price 8x12 Old Style platen press, two Vandercook SP-15 flatbed cylinder presses, a Vandercook Universal III AB, a Nolan Standard proof press, and a Risograph EZ591U. The Center is generously equipped with over 300 cases of type, 4,000 metal engravings, and an Anderson Vreeland Orbital XI photopolymer platemaker. In addition, the Center houses a variety of tools for bookbinding, box making, and creative packaging, with two book presses, a D&K 210M dry mounting press, a Golding Pearl guillotine, an Ideal 4315 guillotine, an Ideal 1046 Kutrimmer, and two additional paper cutters. Hal's extensive library of printing, bookbinding, and graphic arts resources, which was generously donated to Ringling College of Art and Design by his wife Judi, is also available for on-site access at the Center.