Announcing the First Annual Riccio Artist-In-Residence: Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

We are honored to announce that the first annual Riccio Artist-in-Residence will be Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., who will make an initial visit to the Virginia Center for the Book, November 14-17, 2018, to begin shaping the collaborative project he will undertake with the Charlottesville community in 2019. That visit will include:

  • The annual Raucous Auction at the Jefferson School City Center, on November 14, from 5:30-8:00 PM (free to attend and open to the public);
  • Two days of open community printmaking sessions at the Virginia Center for the Book, November 15-16;
  • Meetings with youth community partners and UVa student groups, including the tenants of the Jefferson School City Center, other local nonprofit organizations, and University of Virginia student groups, including the Minority Rights Coalition and American Studies, Fine Arts, and Arts Administration majors; and
  • A public panel discussion and free screening of Proceed and Be BoldNovember 15.

More details about these events will be announced soon.

Kennedy is a self-proclaimed “humble Negro printer” whose letterpress work represents the messages and identities of African-Americans whose “words… have largely been excluded from ‘fine print.'” He uses traditional letterpress techniques to create richly colored, hand-pulled prints that often incorporate messages and aphorisms that spur conversation about race and class. Through his fine, layered printing of simple text using traditional letterpress technique, Kennedy’s work encourages reflection on historical and current African-American identities and overlap between the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and contemporary needs for bold action to pursue social justice. To view Kennedy’s bio statement, click here.

He received a BA in Mathematics from Grambling State University and his MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recent awards include a Joyce Award (2016–17) and the United States Artists Glasgow Fellowship (2015). Kennedy was also the premier featured artist at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, exhibiting work from collaborations with local black-owned businesses.

Select solo exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art in New York (2017); Brooklyn Public Library (2017); Kennedy Art Museum, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (2014); Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois (2014); La Stamperia del Tevere in Rome, Italy (2010); and Point Jaune Museum in St. Gallen, Switzerland (2010).

Select group exhibitions: Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery, AL (2012); Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago, Illinois (1995); and Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1994).

Collections include: Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Charles Deering McCormick Library, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library, Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More on the Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence opportunity here.