Project Spotlight

Presswork: A Program for Hands-on Historical Printing & Research

A two-year public-facing project that draws on a spectrum of technologies and experiential learning techniques to foster cutting-edge student- and faculty-led printing and research at the University of Virginia. The program will publicize and augment UVA’s prominence as a leading research center for the history of printing, while training undergraduate and graduate students in the art of letterpress and intaglio printing techniques that they then demonstrate to a variety of audiences, including UVA classes as well as K-12 students, UVA alumni, and the general public. The project will establish a permanent printing lab and exhibition space in UVA’s Harrison Institute, where visitors and students alike would engage in hands-on printing activities, as well as learn about a range of printing processes—from technologies integral to Thomas Jefferson’s work to modern-day 3-D printing.

Presswork: A Program for Hands-on Historical Printing & Research