Center of the Book announces collaborative art project

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia Center for the Book has announced a collaborative public art project.

It's called “Finding Wisdom,” and it will be done with Detroit-based printmaker Amon Paul Kennedy, Jr., who is the center's inaugural Frank Riccio Artist in Residence and will be in Charlottesville between March 6 and 29.

There will be public printmaking events, hands-on workshops with schools and nonprofits, and exhibitions at more than 20 locations around the city during that time.

The project will also include the creation of nearly 10,000 posters that Kennedy and community members will letterpress, featuring saying, quotes and aphorisms submitted by Central Virginia residents in December.

These posted will then be displayed in locations like local coffee shops, schools, and storefronts.

Regional printmakers can also participate by signing up to print an edition of 60 posters for the project, and community members can then help install exhibits.

The residency project will culminate as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book with a printmaking demo and artist talk on March 24.

To sign up to help install exhibitions, send an email to Tia Nichols at

For more information on the art project, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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