Current Exhibition: Typography Highlights from the Permanent Collection

This month, don’t miss your chance to see this selection of typography highlights from our permanent collection! This exhibition features work from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Hatch Show Print, Jessica Hische, Louise Fili, and more!

Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Initial Impressions – Renaissance Capitals, and Twenty-six Wooden Soldiers

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin houses an enormous collection of vintage prints, wood type, and machinery going back to the founding of the Hamilton Manufacturing Company in 1880. The museum aims to preserve the history and images of American letterpress printing, and keeps these traditions alive by offering demonstrations, workshops, and many other events. Visit the website to learn more.

Left to right: Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash; The Red Door Press, HAM at 20, for Hamilton Wood Type Museum; Hatch Show Print, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Music City USA

Hatch Show Print, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is another shop that aims to preserve the history of letterpress by production. Now a historic property of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Hatch Show Print is perhaps most well known for printing classic music posters, such as this Johnny Cash poster. Today, they are still active in designing and printing work for various entertainers, venues, businesses, and organizations.

This exhibition also showcases work from several independent artists. Jessica Hische is a lettering artist, illustrator, and author currently based in California. She has done work for many well-known clients such as Apple, Hershey’s, and Nike, and has spoken at more than 100 conferences. Louise Fili is a New York-based Italian-American graphic designer who has received numerous awards, including the AIGA medal for Lifetime Achievement. Her firm, Louise Fili Ltd, creates stylish designs for restaurants, packaging, logos, books, and more.

Louise Fili, Mardel Font Specimen Sheet and Mardel in Italian, for Hamilton Wood Type Museum

The typography exhibit runs Jan. 27 – Feb. 21 in the Permanent Collection Gallery.

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