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Whitman at 200 Community Events at the Press

by Mary Tasillo on 2019-01-09T12:11:00-05:00 | Comments

Common Press invites the community to participate in a series of Whitman Community Print Nights, and a special workshop series: Walt Whitman - From Photographs to Prints, as part of Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy.


Whitman Community Print Nights: Join Common Press in the studio to print the words of Walt Whitman throughout the winter. No experience necessary. Learn to crank the presses while helping to print posters celebrating Whitman's poetry. Resulting prints will be distributed at community events across the city as part of Whitman at 200. Participants will be able to take a print home. Join us select Thursday evenings, 6-8pm: January 17 & 31; February 7 & 21; March 14. For more information, see the Press Schedule or


Walt Whitman, From Photographs to Prints: A Series of Three Workshops is a hands-on exploration of the creation, translation, and printing of images -- a major part of the nineteenth century print trade in which Whitman played an important role. Draw from Vintage Photographs with artist R.A. Friedman on January 26, Cut a Linoleum Block (perhaps from your drawing) with artist Barbara Henry on February 9, and Print from Linoleum Blocks on the Letterpress at Common Press on February 23. The complete workshop series is $45.00 for UPenn students or $90.00 for others. Open to community members. Registration details can be found at If space permits, you may register for a single workshop only after January 21.


Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy is a year-long series of cultural events and artistic commissions generated by University of Pennsylvania Libraries and partner organizations to mark the bicentennial of Walt Whitman, America’s “poet of democracy,” who was born on May 31, 1819. Whitman lived the last two decades of his life in Camden, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. In 2019 we recognize his connection to the region and his far-reaching relevance today. Major support for Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy has been provided to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.




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