Lecture by artist Claire Van Vliet: “Text & Image: 60 Years of the Janus Press”

Olin Arts Center, 104
75 Russell Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
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A reception from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the museum’s lower gallery.

Claire Van Vliet is an artist working mainly in lithography and paper pulp paintings.  She is also a book artisan, illustrator, and typographer, and, in 1955, founded the Janus Press, which publishes collaborative works by contemporary writers, papermakers, printmakers, and artists.   Some of the co-creators of Janus Press books are authors, Raymond Carver, Tess Gallagher, Seamus Heaney,  Ted Hughes, and John le Carré; artists, Ruth Fine, Susan Johanknecht and Jerome Kaplan; and papermakers, Katie MacGregor and Bernie Vinzani.    In 1989, Van Vliet was honored with a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation for her work as a teacher and artist.  Several of her prints are featured in the Literary exhibition on view in the museum through March 23.  The Bates College Museum of Art serves as a major repository of Van Vliet’s prints.