Robin Price, Printer & Publisher

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Witnessing a Dire Future: Cassandra, Rachel Carson, and our Contemporaries, 2016.

Created for "Just One Look" exhibition at University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

15" x 20"; 28 waxed paper leaves; each leaf 14" x 7".

Passage #3 of 5, 2015 – 2016.

A new series by Robin Price, with drawing, painting, collage, monoprint and letterpress printing, featuring a couplet of verse by Elise Turcotte, as interpreted by Adrienne Rich:

Many years have gone by / until this moment.

Accordion housed in slipcase. Opens to 19.25" x 51.75"

December 2016: We are gratefully accepting contributions for Robin Price's Concussion Recovery

Robin Price, Printer & Publisher    Starr Mill, 91 Beverly Heights, Middletown, CT 06457    860.344.8644 fb_iconRobinPricePublisher


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Neue Studios filmed and produced the video introduction to the Letterpress Apprenticeship Fundraising Appeal. In the course of assembling that video, filmmaker Eric Leone was inspired to create this video, "A Handmade Experience," in addition. It documents the process of Robin Price's work on As You Continue, an artist's book created in celebration of John Cage's 100th birthday. Studio footage is paired with Robin's spoken reflections on the significance of the project and its methods. Price used her left (non-dominant) hand in writing the quotation by Cage.


A Handmade Experience from Paul Horton on Vimeo.

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Published in connection with a 2010 exhibition at Wesleyan University Davison Art Center, this large-format publication features an in-depth essay by independent scholar and curator Betty Bright, an interview with Robin Price by Suzy Taraba, and a complete list by Rutherford W. Witthus of Price's works from 1984 into early 2010. Indexed. Catalog design by Mark Zurolo and Lesley Tucker, printed on acid-free paper at Finlay Printing. 12 x 9 in.; 144 pp.; 140 color ill.; 49 monochrome ill.; paper covers in thirty random variations generated on press using chance operations.

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Counting Ventures: Curriculum Vitae


Robin Price, born 1962, Denton, TX

Studio: Starr Mill, Beverly Heights, Middletown, CT 06457

Founder and proprietor, Robin Price, Printer & Publisher, 1984 to present [formerly Lavender Armadillo Press]

Faculty, Graduate Liberal Studies Program, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1999 to present

Adjunct Professor, Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1992-1995

Assistant to the Master Printer, USC Fine Arts Press, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1988 -1992


Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artists' Books by Robin Price, Publisher, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 2010, and Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2011 [catalog]

From East to West and Back Again: Robin Price, Keiji Shinohara, Josef Váchal, Galerie Califia, Horazd’ovice, Czech Republic, 2009

Robin Price, Printer & Publisher, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, 2004-05

Serious Bliss: New Work by Robin Price and Anne Thompson, ArtSpace Gallery, Hartford, CT, 2004

The Making of a Book: Conversations with Johannes de Ketham, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA, 2003

Dan’s Voyage, blind collaboration with James W. Pitts, PABA Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2002

Blind Collaboration: Ten Artists in Cahoots with Robin Price, Publisher, PABA Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2001

From Printer’s Devil to Artist-Printer: The Letterpress Work of Robin Price, Publisher, Arts of the Book Collection, Yale University Library, 2001

Work from Robin Price, Printer & Publisher, The Book Club of California, San Francisco, 1999

Collaborations in the Art of the Book: Fine Press and Artist’s Books from Robin Price, Publisher, 1984-1998, Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut, 1998

The Joy of Making: Fine Press / Artist’s Books from Robin Price, Publisher, The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown, CT, 1997

Books and Works on Paper, 1985-1995: Robin Price, Publisher and Lavender Armadillo Press, Beverly Hills Public Library, California Book Arts series, 1995

Robin Price, Printer & Publisher: An Exhibition of Work from 1984-1991, Arundel Books Gallery in the Bookstore, Los Angeles, 1991

Scavenger Xerox: A Radical Debut, The Woman’s Building Gallery, Los Angeles, 1984


Selected Group Exhibitions

Fluxjob: Purging the World of Bourgeoisie Sickness Since 1963, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 2014

Parameters, Press Street Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, 2014

Seductive Alchemy: Books by Artists , Texas Woman's University Gallery, Denton, TX, 2013

Material Meanings: Artists' Books from the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery Library, AA/PG Library, Washington, DC, 2012

Exploding the Codex, San Francisco Center for the Book, 2012

Left to Chance: In Search of the Accidental Book Art, San Francisco Center for the Book, 2012

Mapping the Surface, Central Booking Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2011-2012

Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, 2011-2012

Women Over 25, Clark Humanities Museum, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 2011

Agents of Change - An Exhibition of Artists' Books and Prints with a Social Conscience, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, 2011

Fine & Dirty: Contemporary Letterpress Art, curated by Jeff Rathermel and Betty Bright, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 2011 [traveling through 2013] [catalog]

Music Bo(o)x, curated by Lynn Sures and John Risseeuw, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO, 2011

A Celebration of the Book, McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2011 [catalog]

No Translation Required: Artists' Books in Germany/Georgia, Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany, and Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010 [catalog]

Quantified Aesthetics, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, 2010

Book as Medium: Holding/Withholding Text, Sesnon Art Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010

FLOW: art/text/new media, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY, 2009

Choice of All My Library: Thirteen Treasures from Lafayette’s Rare Book Collection, Lafayette College Library, 2008

Collaboration: The Art of Working Together, Arts of the Book Collection, Yale University Library, 2008

Either Side of the Skin, Penland Gallery, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2008

Metaphor Taking Shape: Poetry, Art, and the Book, Beinecke Library, Yale University, 2008

Fresh Impressions: Contemporary Letterpress Printing, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, 2008

Sacred Text / Contemporary Form: Spiritual Traditions in the Digital Age, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Gallery, 2007

California Printers in the Fine Press Tradition, Stanford University Library, 2007

Art & Poetry: The Power of the Broadside, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD, 2007

Orient, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA, 2006

Bound Visions: Artist’s Books, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2006

Beyond Words: Artists’ Books, University Art Gallery, Sewanee: University of the South, 2006

Alternative Voices: Artists’ Books, Comix, and Zines, Watkinson Library, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 2005-2006

The Artist Turns to the Book, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2005

Resonance and Response: Artists’ Books from Special Collections, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 2005

Matter & Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of the Book, Wells College Book Arts Center, Aurora, NY, 2004

Word & Image: An Exhibit of Poetry Broadsides by Nine Small Presses, Currier Center for the Arts, The Putney School, Putney, VT, 2004

Girl Printers, Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY, 2003 [Traveling]

Unseen Hands, Milberg Gallery, Princeton University Library, 2002-2003

Built by Hand, Pyramid Atlantic International Juried Book Exhibition, 1111 Sculpture Space, Washington, DC, 2002

Book as Art XIII, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2002

A Print Odyssey: 2001, exhibit in conjunction with symposium, University of Georgia Summer Book Arts program, Cortona, Italy, 2001 [Traveling]

Fantasy Library: A Treasure Hunt Through the Public and Private Artists’ Books Collections of San Diego, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA, 2001

Biennial 2000, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL, 2000

Addendum to the Columbia College Biennial 2000, Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 2000

Visions of the Apocalypse, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1999

Image and Text, Stephen F. Austin State University Gallery, Nacogdoches, TX, 1997-1998

The Book as a Work of Art, Queens Public Library Gallery, Jamaica, NY, 1998

The Apocalypse, La Salle University Museum, Philadelphia, 1997

Paper, Art & the Book, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY, 1996

A Century of Local Printing & Publishing, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996

Under Pressure, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ, 1995

Printer & Artist: Thirty Fine Presses from USA and Britain, Rocket Gallery, London, England, 1995

Fine Press Limited Edition Books, Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers, Seattle, 1995

Inky Fingers: Works by Small & Fine Presses, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY, 1994

Beyond the Book, Montgomery Gallery, Claremont, CA, 1993

California Artist’s Books, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, 1991

National Broadside Print Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery, University Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1991

Women’s Autobiographical Artist’s Books, University Art Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1987


Selected Collections

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg

Boston Public Library, Special Collections

The British Library, London, England

California Polytechnic State University Library, Special Collections, San Luis Obispo

Cambridge University Library, England

Claremont Colleges Library, Special Collections

Columbia University, Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Dartmouth College, Rauner Library

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Dürer Haus, Nuremberg, Germany

Florida Atlantic University Libraries, Jaffe Collection

Getty Center for the Arts and Humanities Research Institute

Harvard University, Houghton Library

Indiana University, Lilly Library

Lafayette College Library, Special Collections

Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections

McGill University Library, Rare Books & Special Collections, Montreal, Canada

Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, Special Collections, Toronto, Canada

Messiah College Library, Special Collections

Middlebury College Library, Special Collections

Mills College Library, Special Collections

National Library of Medicine

New York Public Library, Rare Books Division and Performing Arts Library

Universitätsbibliothek Basel, Switzerland

Princeton University Library, Rare Books & Special Collections

Rochester Institute of Technology Libraries, Archive Collections

Rhode Island School of Design Library, Archives & Special Collections

Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry

San Francisco Public Library, Book Arts and Special Collections Center

Savannah College of Art and Design Libraries, Special Collections

Sewanee: The University of the South Library, Archives & Special Collections

Skidmore College Library, Archives & Special Collections

Smith College Library, Special Collections

Smithsonian Museum of American Art Library

Southern Methodist University, Bridwell Library

Stanford University Library, Special Collections & University Archives

Swarthmore College Library, Special Collections

Texas Tech University, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Trinity College, Watkinson Library

Union College Library, Special Collections

University of California Los Angeles, Research Library and Clark Memorial Library

University of California Davis Library, Special Collections

University of California San Diego Library, Special Collections

University of California Santa Barbara Library, Special Collections

University of Connecticut, Dodd Research Center

University of Chicago Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

University of Delaware Library, Special Collections

University of Illinois Library, Special Collections

University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

University of Minnesota Libraries, Special Collections & Rare Books

University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, Special Collections

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rare Book Collection

University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

University of Texas Libraries, Harry Ransom Center

University of Utah Library, Rare Books Division

University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections

University of Virginia Library, Special Collections

University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division

University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries, Special Collections

Wake Forest University Library, Special Collections

The Wellcome Institute Library, London, England

Wellesley College Library, Special Collections

Wesleyan University, Davison Art Center and Special Collections & Archives

Williams College Libraries, Archives & Special Collections

Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart, Germany

Yale University Libraries, Arts of the Book Collection and Medical Historical Library


Lectures and Teaching

Lecturer & Guest Faculty, University of Utah Book Arts Program, 2012

Lecturer, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, 2011

Panelist, "Instigating Accidents: Chance as Strategy and Aesthetic," Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, 2011

"Chance Operations in the Letterpress Book" workshop, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, 2011

Visiting Faculty, Block 7 (one month), Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 2011

"From Idea to Art: In-depth stories of making letterpress artists' books" lecture, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 2011

"Chance Operations in Contemporary Artists' Books (Thank You, John Cage)" lecture preceding exhibition opening, Wesleyan University, 2010

Lecturer, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, 2008

Lecturer, Seattle Book Arts Guild, 2008

“Mixing Chance & Choice: A Letterpress (and more) Extravaganza,” Oregon College of Art and Craft extension course, 2008

“Chance Operations & Fine Printing,” one-week course at Penland School of Craft, 2008

Visiting Faculty, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, 2008

“Purposeful Chance in Contemporary Artists’ Books (Thank You, John Cage!),” Colophon Club, San Francisco, 2008

“(1) Chance (2) Choice (3) Repeat,” workshop, San Francisco Center for the Book, 2008

Keynote speaker & workshop instructor, Southeast Association for Book Arts, University of South Carolina, 2007

Lecturer & workshop instructor, “The Architecture of the Book” conference, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, 2007

Lecturer, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, 2006

“Chance Operations and Fine Printing, or 17 things you need to know as a poet,” Wells Book Arts Summer Institute class, 2006

“Poetry, Fine Printing, and Chance Operations in Artists’ Books,” Haas Library, Western Connecticut State University, 2004

Panel moderator, “The Future of the Artists’ Book,” Oak Knoll Fest X, New Castle, DE, 2003

“Book Collaborations with Keiji Shinohara,” Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, 2003

“Purposeful Chance in Contemporary Artists’ Books,” College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN, 2003,in conjunction with the workshop, “Chance and the Visual Book,” Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Lecture on the exhibition “By Chance: Serendipity and Randomness in Contemporary Artists’ Books,” Yale University, 2002

“Purposeful Chance in Contemporary Artists’ Books (Thank You, John Cage!),” Skidmore College, 2002

Frederic W. Goudy Lecture on the Book Arts, “Hijinks at the Press: Chance, Randomness, and Blind Collaboration in Contemporary Artists’ Books,” Scripps College, 2001, in conjunction with the workshop “Chance and the Visual Book: Exquisite Carpe Diem”

Lecturer, Book Arts Summer Workshop, Dartmouth College, 2001

Visiting Artist Lecture Series, University of the Arts MFA Book Arts / Printmaking program, Philadelphia 1999

“Letterpress: The Heavy Metal of Choice / On Tour with Robin Price,” The Book Club of California, San Francisco, 1999

“Authorship and the Making of Ravaged with Joy,” Image and Text II Symposium, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, 1998

Panelist, symposium in conjunction with the exhibit “The Book as a Work of Art,” Queens Public Library, Jamaica, NY, 1998

Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Colorado College, Colorado Springs,1997

Lecture for The Typophiles, New York, NY, 1996

Second Annual Rare Book Seminar for Smith College Libraries Staff, “The Making of The Book of Revelation,” 1996

“Three Los Angeles Printers [NOT Saul Marks, Ward Ritchie, and Grant Dahlstrom!],” The Colophon Club, San Francisco, 1994


Selected Bibliography

Mutliple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts, The Center for Book Arts, 2011, p 82

Crispin Elsted, Parenthesis No. 21, fall 2011, review of exhibition catalog Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artists' Books by Robin Price, Publisher

Masters: Book Arts, Lark Books, 2011

Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artists' Books by Robin Price, Publisher, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, 2010

Betty Bright, “Handwork and Hybrids: Contemporary Book Art,” Extra/ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art, Duke University Press, 2010

500 Handmade Books: A Celebration of Contemporary Book Forms, Lark Books, 2008

Book Art Object, Codex Foundation, 2008

Sidney Berger, Parenthesis No. 13, August 2007, review of press book By-and-by

Richard Goodman, Fine Books & Collections no. 26, March/April 2007

Betty Bright, No Longer Innocent: Book Art in America 1960-1980, New York: Granary Books, 2005, pp. 249-50

David Jury, Letterpress: The Allure of the Handmade. Mies, Switzerland: RotoVision, 2004

Keith Smith, Structure of the Visual Book. Expanded 4th edition, Rochester: Keith Smith Books, 2003, p 217

Betty Bright, Parenthesis No. 7, 2002, review of press books Ravaged with Joy and Slurring at bottom: a printer’s book of errors

Connell Gallagher, Parenthesis No. 5, 2000, review of press book The Journey of the Guitar: A Portrait of Pepe Romero

Sam Hamill, “Contemporary Poetry” column, Bookways, April 1994 and October 1992, for press books The Dooley Poems by John Gilgun and Wherever I Looked by Gary Young