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.

Current Exhibition: Fragments of the Acceleration by Brandon Bauer


Visit the galleries before Feb. 21 to see Fragments of the Acceleration, a project that makes use of photography, digital design, and video to craft a thought-provoking investigation into the “Great Acceleration,” the exponential increase in human activity in recent decades and its impact on the environment, particularly since the development of nuclear weapons. Composed of work from Professor Bauer’s sabbatical last year, this exhibit offers a strong portrayal of the intensity and urgency of the climate crisis.

Above: A section of a timeline that shows the development of climate science and major events relating to the discovery and response to growing climate issues.

In the Godschlax Gallery, In Our Hands, offers a continuation of the discussion on climate change. Each picture conveys one line of text alongside powerful images of the environment and industrialization. Read left to right, they reveal a strong message and a call to action – “Our fate is in our hands.”


Be sure not to miss a couple of exciting events related to this exhibition! Come and hear the 2019-20 Killeen Fellows, Brandon Bauer, Angel Saavedra, and Wendy Scattergood present “Consensus, Civility, and Polarization in the Climate Change Debate,” a panel discussion on the tensions of scientific and political debate surrounding climate change. This presentation, which is sponsored by the Killeen Chair, St. Norbert College, will be held in Bush Art Center 130 on Feb. 6 from 5-6. Afterwards, a reception for the exhibition will be held in the galleries on Feb. 6 from 6-7:30.

Fragments of the Acceleration runs Jan. 27 – Feb. 21 in the Baer and Godschalx Galleries.