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Happy Birthday Scripps College!

Lady of Letterpress
As an organization devoted to supporting women artists, the gang at WSW is pretty aware of the benefits behind attending a Women’s University. Whether we’re talking studio space or the class room, giving gents the boot tends to shift the dynamic of your environment. It’s a valuable shift… one that is hard to convey with words (especially when clichés come to mind, but seriously, being around just gals, it really is nurturing).

The droves of applicants to our own programming tell us there is a need for a special space to focus. A room of one’s own, if you will. (Thank you, Virginia). So WSW would like to congratulate Scripps on 70 years of providing women with just that kind of space.

If you are in the Southern California area, SAVE THE DATE for this celebratory event at Scripps, it also happens to feature a good friend of ours, Kathleen Walkup. Kathy is the curator extraordinaire behind our traveling exhibition, Hand, Voice, & Vision: Artists’ Books from Women’s Studio Workshop.  HVV continues to tour through 2013.

Still covered with ink: Nuns, widows, mavericks & other passionate printers
Frederic W. Goudy Lecture with Kathleen Walkup
Saturday, September 17, 2011
at 1:30 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium
followed by a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m.
and reception at Clark Humanities Museum at 3:30 p.m.
Scripps College, Claremont, California

From the vernacular books set by the nuns of St. Jacobus de Ripoli to the irrepressible antics of Jane Grabhorn, women have been involved with the craft and trade of printing since printing was invented. Some are named: Charlotte Guillard, Ann Franklin, Emily Faithfull, Emily Pitts Stevens, Elizabeth Corbet Yeats. Most, though, are anonymous: wives, widows, working women, cheap labor. Altogether, exploring the work of these women is tracing the entire history of printing, this time through a slightly different lens.

(Scripps will also be hosting a special Goudy workshop, and an exhibition during the celebration, For more details contact Kitty Maryatt at kmaryatt@scrippscollege.edu)


Which of the Seven Sister Schools have WSW books in their library holdings? We’ll send some WSW swag to the first comment to correctly list all sister holdings.

You can search our online artist’s book archive to sleuth it out!


  1. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 10:41 am


    Sister schools with WSW books:
    Wellesley College
    Smith College
    Mount Holyoke College

  2. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Deb P

    Wellesley College totally has WSW books in their library!

  3. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Deb P

    So do Mount Holyoke, Smith and Vassar!

  4. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Mary Beth

    Smith, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke and Vassar?

  5. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Stephanie Rasines

    Did you mean how many of the sisters have any of your books?

    I have only found three — Wellesley, Smith and Vassar. (By-the-way, Texas Womens College has a few; that’s a womans college I hadn’t heard of before).

  6. wrote on August 25th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Women's Studio Workshop

    Ding Ding Ding we have a winner! DEB P is the first commenter to name the four sister schools with WSW books in their library holdings: Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Smith & Vassar. Deb, please email your mailing address to sandra@beta.wsworkshop.org so we can send you some swag. Thanks to EVERYONE who participated!

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