Behind the Platen

“Behind the Platen” is an exhibition celebrating the legacy of letterpress printing. The exhibit showcases work from artists and printers in our region, and demonstrates how the medium is being explored and utilized in our contemporary design culture.


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Promotional Poster: Upper Case Lower Case

Promotional Poster: Out of Sorts


About the Exhibition

The exhibition celebrates the range of letterpress work done by shops and individuals in the Western Pennsylvania / Eastern Ohio area. Along with the exhibited work, it also educates on the history of the medium through development of current day trends. This body of work shares the passion of those continuing the legacy of letterpress printing.


dates & Locations

January 8th– February 5th, 2015 at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Library Gallery

Opening night lecture at 6:30PM on Thursday, January 22nd by Brandon Boan of Tip Type.

October 3rd–9th, 2014 at the
University of Akron
Myers School of Art, Akron

Opening night lecture at 6:00PM on Friday, October 3rd by Big Press Little Press.

September 10th–28th, 2014
at the La Roche College Cantellops Art Gallery, Pittsburgh

Opening night lecture at 7:00PM on Wednesday, September 10th by Bob Kelemen, an accomplished printer and letterpress educator

We are currently seeking additional venues to host the exhibit in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas. Please get in touch with us if you have suggestions for schools or galleries who might be interested in working together.


Contact Us

For more information on the exhibition or to suggest a location, send us an email:



Artists & Printers

Anne Berry
Big Press Little Press
Black Walnut Press
Cranky Pressman
Ella Studio
Deep Ink
Elizabeth Emery
Michael Gill
Igloo Press
justAjar Press
Mason Milani
Outdated Press
Wendy Partridge
Corrie Slawson
Tip Type
Type Twenty Seven
Gregory Walters
Zygote Press


Sponsors / Partners

Big Press Little Press

La Roche Design

Big Press Little Press




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