Discovery Tour: Common Press and Special Collections at University of Pennsylvania Fisher Fine Arts Library

Come discover treasures in Philadelphia’s special collections! We’re visiting the Fisher Fine Arts Library, part of Penn Libraries, to explore the breadth of its collections, from historical rare books about art and design to contemporary artist books. We’ll also visit The Common Press, the letterpress and book arts studio at the University of Pennsylvania. The Fisher Fine Arts Library supports study, teaching and research in contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban design. Text and image collections, in analog and digital form, have a global reach and concentrate on the arts of the western experience, Islam, South Asia and East Asia, from prehistory to the present.

You’ll get special behind-the-scenes tours, where you will see fine art prints and printed ephemera, not normally available to the public. Together we will look at prints from the past, learn how they were made, and learn how they are relevant to us today. The history of printmaking will come to life as we discover up close how artists used print processes to make art and communicate ideas.

• Tour does not include transportation.

Special Notes:

This is an in-person, off-site course. We’ll meet in the lobby at Fisher Fine Arts Library.

Please review Fisher Fine Arts Library’s Web Site for Health & Safety Precautions before arriving.

Required Supplies:

  • Please bring a notepad and something to write with.