Open Print Session with Visiting Artist Amos Paul Kennedy

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

University of Iowa Main Library, North Lobby, Main Library Gallery

Visiting Artist Amos Paul Kennedy will be outside the Main Library Gallery on Friday, November 8 hand-printing posters from wood type. Participants and passersby will be invited to design background patterns or letters, which they will then have the opportunity to print. Text composed by Amos will be printed on top, after which participants will be able to take the posters home.

More about Amos Kennedy:
Amos is a descendant of the enslaved peoples of "theunitedstatesofamerica." At 40 years of age, Kennedy embraced his humanity and abandoned the commercial dream that defines this civilization. Unsatisfied with the illusion of a comfortable middle-class life, Amos traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for overalls. The subject of the Brown Finch Films documentary Proceed and Be Bold, his letterpress work raises emotionally charged questions about race, individuality, and the false narrative of this civilization. 

This event is presented by the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Please contact Julia Leonard ( for more information about Amos Kennedy's visit to campus.