Updike Prize Ceremony, Exhibition & Lecture at Providence Public Library

First Annual Updike Prize Ceremony, Exhibition & Lecture at Providence Public Library, February 19

Eminent Type Designer Tobias Frere-Jones to Present Lecture

-- Providence Public Library will hold its Updike Prize for Student Type Design Ceremony on Thursday, February 19 at 6:00 pm.  The event will feature the opening of our typographic exhibition and a lecture by Tobias Frere-Jones, one of the most respected type designers in the world.  The ceremony and lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Library's 3rd floor Auditorium.  A tour of the typographic exhibition in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room (1st floor) will begin at 5:30 pm.  The entrance at 225 Washington Street, Providence will be open at 5:15 pm.

Tobias Frere-Jones will be our featured speaker at the first annual awards ceremony for the Updike Prize for Student Type Design. We're excited to be announcing the finalists and winners of our first competition to inspire student type design through the use of our collection of historic typographical materials in the Daniel Berkeley Updike Collection.

Frere-Jones, who has designed over 700 typefaces over the course of his career, is a graduate of RISD and the winner of the Gerrit Noordzij Prize, among other awards.  His work is included among the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He's also an eloquent writer and speaker on the history of typography, some examples of which are showcased on his excellent blog.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Updike Prize is generously sponsored by Paperworks. The first prize winner receives a complimentary entry to TypeCon, provided by the Society of Typographic Aficionados.

For more information about the exhibition or Special Collections, contact Jordan Goffin, the Special Collections Librarian, at jgoffin@provlib.org or by phone at 401-455-8021. For more information about Special Collections and the Updike Collection, visit www.provlib.org/special-collections

The Daniel Berkeley Updike Printing Collection at PPL

Daniel Berkeley Updike was one of the most celebrated printers in America's history, and he created one of the premier private collections on the history of printing. Early printing manuals and type specimens as well as books from his own Merrymount Press formed the core of his collection, which came to the Library upon his death in 1941. This gift, coupled with his generosity to the Library during his lifetime and continued additions throughout the years makes it one of the finest public library collections on printing in the country. Entailing more than 8,000 volumes, as well as ephemera, manuscripts, and artifacts the collection includes the works of great printers from the 15th century to the 20st, as well as hundreds of portraits of members of the book trades and one of the finest collections of typographic specimen books in the country.

(release from Providence Public Library)