Folk artist discusses printmaking at next Dixie Forum

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University’s lecture series “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” will host the presentation “Typography, Printmaking, and Graphic Design” by talented folk artist Amos Kennedy.

Kennedy will offer his lecture from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday at the Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Kennedy is originally from Louisiana and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champion. He started out as a system analyst, working for different corporations. Kennedy never imagined he would be a printer or an artist, but now he is known for his letterpress printing.

The idea of becoming a printer and artist all started in the late 1980s, when Kennedy took his sons to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, where they saw an 18th-century print shop and bindery. Kennedy was immediately intrigued with the process, tools and look of the finished product. Upon returning home, he enrolled in a printing course and set up a small printing studio in his basement.

These days, Kennedy spends his days organizing drawers filled with thousands of wood and lead type pieces, cans of ink, reams of paper, various tools and an informal archive of his past work. He makes event posters commissioned for various festivals and prints large quotes and sayings that speak to him and appeal to his potential audience.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George community and Dixie State University students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. Next week, Dixie Forum will host Dr. Gary Cantrell, assistant professor of criminal justice at Dixie State, as he speaks about the sixth year of the university’s Computer Crime Lab.

Event details

  • What: Dixie Forum presentation “Typography, Printmaking, and Graphic Design” by Amos Kennedy
  • When: Tuesday, March 29, from noon to 12:50 p.m.
  • Where: Dunford Auditorium in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus
  • Admission is free, and the event is open to the public

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