About

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Melanie Mowinski (Mowinski_CV2015) is an artist and educator living in working in the foothills of Mount Greylock, in Western Massachusetts.

In 2011, Mowinski founded PRESS: Letterpress as a Public Art Project, a hybrid gallery, teaching, and studio space centered around an operating Vandercook Universal III. From 2013-2015, PRESS served as one of the downtown hubs for students from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), where Mowinski is an Associate Professor of Art. In October 2015, PRESS transitioned to its new location on the MCLA campus.

Mowinski embraces measurement and precision in the letterpress process as well as going rogue and making crazy lock-ups with super powerful magnets. She approaches book making in the same way—balancing hyper control & very specific rules with experimental investigations. She gravitates towards one-of-a-kind books housed in unusual and traditional enclosures. Her books under the imprint 29 PRESS are in private and public collections like the Crouch Library at Baylor University, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Ruth Hughes Collection at Oberlin College, Tate Modern Museum of Art in London, and the Love Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In 2016 she will be a one of three visiting artists in Venice, Italy at the Scuola Internationale di Grafica and will an artist residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. She is the 2016 recipient of the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council’s Individual Artist Grant. NBCC is one of the local branches of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.