Globe Collection and Press at MICA

Founded in 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, Globe Poster delivered eye-catching posters to promote concerts, drag races, circuses, carnivals and more.

Fluorescent colors, bold wood type, and lettering that shook and shimmied defined Globe’s iconic style, attracting clients from James Brown and Marvin Gaye to Ike and Tina Turner. Globe ceased production in 2010, and Maryland Institute College of Art stepped forward to purchase a substantial portion of Globe, including wood type, letterpress cuts and posters. The acquisition by MICA keeps Globe’s legacy alive as a working press, teaching tool, and source for research.

Printers Camp 2019

Live from Baltimore! Make it bold! Make it bright! Immerse yourself in a 10-day letterpress residency from July 12–22, 2019, hosted by the Globe Collection and Press at MICA. Fifteen college-level artists will be selected to work side by side with printers-in-residence Bob Cicero, Allison Fisher, Amos Kennedy and Brad Vetter, whose collective decades of experience combine traditional practice with new technologies to sustain and enliven the art and craft of letterpress.

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the residency seeks to expand Globe’s mission of cultural preservation while engaging and empowering emerging artists.

Students in the letterpress residency will study and work with the historic Globe Collection, which includes wood type, printing blocks and posters acquired from Baltimore’s Globe Poster Printing Corp. For more than 80 years, Globe Poster’s vivid work promoted musical acts from Louis Armstrong to Aretha Franklin to Snoop Dogg, as well as everyday entertainments like fairs and carnivals. In keeping with Globe’s streetwise and community-facing work, the residency will combine intensive print studio practice and engagement with Baltimore — a city rich in printing heritage, African-American musical history, and with a vibrant contemporary art and makers’ community today.

The residency will conclude with an exhibition and free public programs that encourage visitors to Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, to explore printing and design history through hands-on activities.

Students applying to this program should have a foundation in letterpress or a strong interest in letterpress as it relates to a student's graphic design or printmaking work. The residency is open to undergraduate students 18 years and older who are currently enrolled in or who have graduated within the last 12 months from a higher education institution in the United States. The residency includes free tuition and housing. Participants are responsible for transportation to Baltimore and meals throughout the week. This program is not eligible for college credit. 

Application will open Monday March 25, 2019,  through Monday April 22, 2019, at noon. Click here to apply through SlideRoom. 

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