Posted: February 18, 2013

Bryan Gallery exhibit showcases letterpress artwork

Works by three trend-setting typography artists will be displayed in the upcoming exhibition, "Imperfect Letterpress x3," at Coastal Carolina University's Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery from March 4 through April 5.

Mervi Pakaste, Joey Hannaford and Jeff Pulaski, artists known for their edgy advancements in letterpress printmaking, will be present at the CCU opening reception for the exhibit on March 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

In letterpress artwork, the classic hand-cranked printing press is used in unconventional ways to make interpretive images. Works in this group exhibition employ the letterpress medium in ways that encourage taking chances and improvisation.

Pakaste was born and raised in Finland. She earned a bachelor's degree at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and a master's degree at Penn State. She teaches letterpress and photography at Kansas State University.

Hannaford is an award-winning graphic designer, printmaker, calligrapher/lettering artist and book maker. She has taught and conducted workshops at national and international conferences. Her work is represented in the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, four presidential libraries and the collection of the HRH the Prince of Wales Architectural Trust.

Pulaski is the proprietor of Out of Sorts Press, a private press in Wichita, Kansas, that experiments with wood and metal type to create books and posters. In the past, he taught at Wichita State University as an assistant professor of graphic design and worked as a web developer.

The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery is located in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Building on 133 Chanticleer Drive W. For more information contact Gallery Director Jim Arendt at 843-349-6454 or jarendt@coastal.edu or visit www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.

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