Tom Virgin, Proprietor of Extra Virgin Press has been funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by ArtCenter/South Florida. My project will create a series of artist’s books that engage conversations on contemporary concerns in our neighborhoods. I am grateful for this opportunity to work with ArtCenter, collaborating writers, and fellow visual artists. For more information, see the following links:
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Posted April 27, 2018 on Boxcar Press by Cathy Keeping the Printing Rhythm With Tom Virgin
From Midwest to Miami and to teaching art by-day and printing-by-night, Tom Virgin of Extra Virgin Press weaves a letterpress journey of printmaking. We caught up with Tom after hours on what makes his printing clock tick, the tales of teaching art in the high-school classroom, and the excellent food fare that is a must for a late night printing session in Miami.
The Art of Relief Printing
Written By Anne Tschida, Biscayne Times Arts Editor
TOM VIRGIN WORKS IN THE DELICATE FORM OF LETTERPRES
Tom Virgin believes in the power of art and how it can help create a better, more connected community. The Miami-based high school teacher and activist is also a printmaker and artist who works in woodcuts.
In addition, he’s the founder of Extra Virgin Press in Little Haiti, which makes letterpress book arts and broadsheets.
Volunteers and interns printing at the Miami Book Fair in late November 2107. This annual event brings devotees of the printed page together, not just to read… But to print as well. It is our mission to keep this tradition alive.
In January 2018, Extra Virgin Press brought its talented interns to Little Haiti Cultural Center to print with MDCPS teachers and teaching artists from PAMM. This vital neighborhood hub has workshops in silkscreen printing, a gallery, community artists, and visiting artists such as Extra Virgin Press and Thom Wheeler.
Extra Virgin Press was at Little Haiti Cultural Center in May 2018 for the Little Haiti Book Festival. Interns gave printmaking demonstrations with a table top letterpress. Two posters were created and printed on the letterpress for the Little Haiti Book Festival.