Black Rock Press
~ Nevada
(Inge Bruggeman, Director of Graphic Arts)

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University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Art: "The Press' publishing and outreach activities are integrated with the graphic arts curriculum. Historical printing equipment lives alongside computers and other digital media used in our teaching, publishing, research, and outreach programs.

"Founded in 1965 by Kenneth J. Carpenter, the Black Rock Press has focused on the practice and teaching of the art, craft and history of the creation of finely printed books. The Press is a working museum of traditional printing technology. It houses numerous type cabinets filled with metal and wood type and a number of historically significant presses. Its gilded 1837 super royal Columbian is one of the finest examples of a 19th-century iron handpress to be found in the United States. In 1980, Bob Blesse took over directing the activities of the Press. Over the course of 30 years, he expanded the area of publication into finely produced editions of creative writing and poetry."
"More work coming soon"  

SOLD titles of Black Rock Press:  
Old Geiger Grade
By Jaime Shafer
Reno, Nevada: Black Rock Press, 2016. Edition of 50.

6.75 x 4.375"; 16 pages including covers. Letterpress printed from handset metal type and photopolymer plates on Rives BFK. The typefaces that appear in the book are Craw Clarendon and Clarendon. The book is handbound in a drum leaf structure and presented in a paper wrapper and slipcase. Laser cut on an Epilog Helix 24 Laser Cutter and handcut by the artist. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

Jamie Shafer: "Created as part of my experience as the Black Rock Press Redfield Fellow in Book Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, Old Geiger Grade is the first book produced by the Black Rock Press for the Parley Project. The Parley Project is a biannual interdisciplinary book art project that engages other entities within the university in conversation with the Black Rock Press. It was influenced by the W.M. Keck Museum at the University of Nevada, Reno—the second oldest museum in the state. Special thanks to the staff and students at UNR who assisted with production: Inge Bruggeman, Amy Thompson, Amaris Martin, Judith Rodby, and Su Tran.

Old Geiger Grade was inspired by Geiger Grade Road and the history of the Comstock. It places readers in the steep, dangerous terrain of the 1860s as they travel to Virginia City where they hope their fortunes might be found." "Next time you’re headed up to Virginia City from Reno on Geiger Grade, NV 341, check out the Nevada State Historical Marker just before the road flattens out in the Highlands. The sign tells of the Old Geiger Grade (‘In Canyon Below’) constructed by Davison Geiger and John Tilton in 1862 to link Virginia City’s Comstock Lode to the Truckee Meadows."

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