Detroit-based Artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. uses letterpress printing and bold type for stirring up strong emotions through print. At the age of 40, Kennedy encountered a printing press on a family vacation to Colonial Williamsburg. He soon quit his career in tech to pursue one in printmaking. As printer and provocateur, his work asks uncomfortable questions about issues of race, equality, and artistic pretension. Want to learn more about Amos Paul Kennedy? Check out the documentary film Proceed and Be Bold!
Opening Reception is March 6, 2020 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
Exhibition runs from March 6 to April 18, 2020.
Artist Lecture by Petrou Resident Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. | March 5 | 3:30 to 5 pm | free
Before Kennedy's exhibition opens in our gallery, the artist will be giving a free artist lecture right down the road, at the University of Maryland, College Park Ulrich Recital Hall. Free and open to the public! More information on the lecture and other programming by the UMD BookLab available here!
Print Marathon with Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. | March 7 & 8 | 10 am to 4 pm | $375
Explore the tradition of letterpress printing to make posters and other large form printed works. Students will observe and work with visiting artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. to handset type posters on our Universal and 4T Vandercook presses. Common problems in handset type composition will be addressed, as well as aesthetic challenges in making bold and stunning poster work. Take a break during the workshop and go upstairs to see his exhibition of radical prints, broadsides, and posters that give Kennedy the reputation of being both a printer and provocateur. Read more and register here!