LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2022) – Join University of Kentucky Libraries’ King Library Press for its Spring 2022 Book Arts Weekend with Traveling Printer Chris Fritton.

Fritton will kick off the weekend with the free public lecture “Painting with the Press” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the Great Hall of the Margaret I. King Building, with light refreshments to follow. The following morning, Fritton will host “A Collaborative Workshop with the Traveling Printer” beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 26.

Chris Fritton is a poet, printer and artist who has spent over 20 years writing, printing and making his own books. For the past eight years, Fritton has been working on his long-term project called The Itinerant Printer, in which he visits different letterpress printing shops across North America, returning the unique prints he creates over the course of his travels to his followers. To date, Fritton has traveled over 100,000 miles and visited over 200 stores across the continent.

During her talk, Fritton will tell stories from the road, explore traditional and experimental printing techniques, reflect on analog and digital, and share her own stylistic journey into the abstract.

Pre-registration is required for “A Collaborative Workshop with the Traveling Printer”. The cost of the workshop is $45 per person and $25 for students. The number of participants is limited. Call Paul Holbrook at 859-608-9623 to reserve a space and for more information about the workshop.

The “Book Arts Weekend with Chris Fritton” is a continuation of King Library Press’ bi-annual seminars and workshops celebrating book arts and fine printing. Fritton was originally scheduled to present at King Library Press’ Book Arts Weekend in March 2020, but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were all heartbroken when Chris’ initial visit had to be canceled in March 2020, so we’re all thrilled to have him as our first guest on campus since then,” said the Rare Book Librarian. from UK Libraries, Colleen Barrett.

Founded in 1956, the King Library Press is one of the oldest presses on a college campus. Devoted to the tradition of fine printing, the press produces books and pamphlets through typesetting, printing, and binding, and hosts several conferences, workshops, and other outreach events each year. Various opportunities to enlist, do an internship or volunteer are also available. The press, part of the British Libraries Special Collections Research Centre, is located in the basement of the Margaret I. King Library building.

The UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center supports the memory of the Commonwealth and serves as a vital bridge between past, present and future. By preserving records documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of Kentucky, the center provides students with rich opportunities to expand their worldview and improve their critical thinking skills. Materials from the Special Collections Research Center are used by scholars around the world to advance original research and initiate creative approaches to scholarship. The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center includes the Archives, Rare Book Collection, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, King Library Press, Wendell H. Ford Center for Public Policy Research , the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Initiative and ExploreUK.