Melanie Mowinski 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 a 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 PRESS • 29 PRESS are in private and public collections including Chapin Library at Williams College, Haas Arts Library at Yale University, Tutt Library at Colorado College, Denison University Library, Lafayette College, The Newark Museum, Crouch Library at Baylor University, The University of Iowa, Alden Library at Ohio University, The Free Library of Philadelphia, The Ruth Hughes Collection at Oberlin College, Tate Modern Museum of Art in London, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby British Columbia, Young Library at University of Kentucky, Ewing Gallery of Art at University of Tennessee, and the Love Library at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2016 she was a visiting artist at the Scuola Internationale di Grafica in Venice, Italy and spent a month as an artist-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City. In 2017 she completed The 50 Card Project: a year of letterpress cards printed every week from Inauguration Day to the end of 2017. This project was directly inspired by the statement liberty and justice for all.