The Boston University Art Gallery Presents American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

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August 4th, 2010

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 |

(Boston) – The Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is pleased to present American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print featuring the work of one of the nation’s oldest printing shops, Hatch Show Print, based in Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibition illustrates the fusion of art with popular culture and music history, highlighting the uniquely American posters produced to advertise everything from vaudeville shows to Elvis Presley albums.

Hatch features 126 historical and contemporary posters and 29 hand-carved wooden blocks, with some debuting for the first time. The exhibition, created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, is supported by America’s Jazz Heritage, A Partnership of the Wallace Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.

“Hatch is a survivor. We keep ink on the blocks and dust off their backs,” said Jim Sherraden, the exhibition’s curator and chief designer at Hatch Show Print. “I’m thrilled that we can share our story and our art through this exhibition.”

Dedicated to serving the public of New England as well as the university community, Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) is a non-profit art gallery geared toward an interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture. Maintaining an ongoing exhibition schedule in its current location since 1958, now named the Stone Gallery, exhibitions focus on international, national, and regional art developments, chiefly in the twentieth century. BUAG has a particular commitment to offer a culturally inclusive view of art, one that expands the boundaries of museum exhibitions.

BUAG is located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, at the Stone Gallery inside the College of Fine Arts building on the Boston University campus (BU West T stop on the “B” Green Line). Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM (closed Mondays and holidays). For more information, please visit


Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Jim Sheradden, manager, curator, and chief designer of Hatch Show Print, will lead a gallery talk.
(Location: BUAG at the Stone Gallery)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 7-9 PM
The Coolidge Corner Theater will host a screening of “Proceed & Be Bold!”, a documentary feature about letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.
(Location: Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA)

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