Keynote Speakers

Jenny Wilkson, Partners in Print (PiP)

From 2001–2020, Jenny oversaw the operations, curriculum and community outreach of the letterpress department at the School of Visual Concepts (SVC), Seattle, as its founder and director. In response to the impacts of COVID-19, she helped to evolve that program into Partners in Print (PiP). Being thrust into non-profit leadership by a global pandemic has some advantages—PiP (and its kickass leadership team) allows Jenny to continue to run community programs that amplify voices like Words of Courage, and she gets great satisfaction from connecting letterpress artists with a global audience through Long-Distance Letterpress classes and Print Futures.

Erin Beckloff, Letterpress Educators of Art & Design (LEAD)

Erin Beckloff is a connector in the printing community. She is the co-director and writer of “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film.” For over a decade she served as a professor of Communication Design at Miami University where she revitalized the Curmudgeon Press and developed letterpress courses. She coordinates LEAD: Letterpress Educators of Art & Design, fostering a network of letterpress educators working to advance research and scholarship and substantiate the value of letterpress education as an essential practice in contemporary learning. Most recently she co-founded The Printing Stewards, a non-profit foundation focused on the legacy of Gregory Jackson Walters, whose mission is to take a systemic approach to printing history by preserving together unique machines, documentation, ephemera and skills.

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