(L)inking Letters:

An Exhibition of Hebrew Letterpress Printing

In conjunction with the “Letters that Link Us” symposium, Open Book and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will host an exhibition of contemporary Hebrew-character printing and Jewish book art, entitled (L)inking Letters. On display in the Open Book Literary Commons (second floor), the exhibition will be open to the public from April 1 to May 26.

Please join us at Open Book for a special tour and opening reception with participating artists on April 11, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Colourful poster printed with English and Hebrew wood type.
"Out of Words / Bereshit," Community collaboration led by Robyn Awend (2022).

About the Exhibition:

“(L)inking Letters” offers a window into the history and ongoing practice of Hebrew-character printing and Jewish book art, through a display of materials relating to Hebrew printing alongside the work of over a dozen contemporary artists and printers working with hand-set Hebrew type across the world. Representing a wide range of styles, and showcasing artists at all stages of their careers, this show brings together a fascinating selection of artists’ books, posters, broadsheets, cards, and other works that highlight the vitality of Jewish printing today.

About the Curator:

Robyn Awend is an arts advocate, multi-media artist, and community builder. Her background in fine arts and curation has led her work in the Twin Cities arts community for the past eighteen years. Robyn’s artwork often uses Hebrew words and word fragments to inspire her letterpress prints and mixed-media installations, exploring identity through various cultural and societal influences. Awend is a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis and is a steward of the newly commissioned Hebrew wood type collection at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of Dallas.