Join me for a virtual studio visit on Instagram Live @fountainheadresidency on May 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm. I’ll be discussing my work and answering any questions you might have! Link in bio to watch. If you miss me LIVE, it will be on Fountainhead’s Instagram Story for 24 hours and later added to Fountainhead Residency’s YouTube Channel.
Please come and meet some of my supporters, collaborators, writers, artists, and friends.
Today is GiveMiami Day
Extra Virgin Press has spent seven summers learning from the letterpress community in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Letterpress printing in Minnesota is alive and well, growing a new generation of printers in the Midwest. We will bring that knowledge back to Miami. Your donations to Extra Virgin Press through GiveMiami will offer us another chance to visit this vital printing community, to purchase type and specialized tools, and bring it back to South Florida.
Some of the magic, Midwest glue that holds the printing community together…
The Minnesota Center for Book Arts hosted Amos Kennedy and one of his many powerful community oriented prints in July 2017. He filled the MCBA with 6500 prints.
Below, John Coy and Gaylord Schanilec, and some really cool glue that went into printing “My Mighty Journey.”
Extra Virgin Press is proud to be supported by our local community, students, writers and artists.
With your help, last summer I was able to watch the best printers on the planet in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). Extra Virgin Press was also able to secure a bit more wood type from the print rich Midwest. The goal is to return to Mpls again summer 2019 for the MCBA Book Arts Biennial and more time in the studios of master printers.
To see Gaylord Schanilec’s collaborative project, My Mighty Journey, a book about the Mississippi River with the Minnesota Historical Society, writer John Loy, coordinated and documented by Paul Nylander on Tumblr, go to:
This blog is a gift of collaborative knowledge across many aspects of printing with the letterpress.
Pass it along to other print people who support the future of letterpress in South Florida.
Our GiveMiami goal this year is $4,000, for travel, type, and training with master printers in Summer 2019.
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:
ABOUT ARTCENTER/SOUTH FLORIDA
Established in 1984, ArtCenter/South Florida is a non-profit that advances the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture to an audience of approximately 80,000 people per year. ArtCenter/South Florida creates opportunities for experimentation and encourages the critical exchange of ideas through residencies, exhibitions, public programs, education and outreach. The residency programs include a Studio Residency Program, a Cinematic Arts Program, an International Exchange Program, a PRINTshop Residency Program and an Art in Public Life Residency. Exhibitions and programs at ArtCenter/South Florida are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the State of Florida, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; the Florida Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information, visit www.artcentersf.org
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.