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APSU'S Goldsmith Press featured in three Nashville Airport exhibits

The Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at APSU is part of several exhibits on display at the Nashville International Airport.

The three projects are:

•Tell me a Story, the first community project proposed and produced by the Goldsmith Press, is a portfolio of letterpress posters that relate inter-generational stories. A group of children, adults and senior citizens gathered over a two-month period to write, typeset and print these ordinary yet remarkable personal accounts.
The Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection at APSU is part of several exhibits on display at the Nashville International Airport.

The three projects are:

•“Tell me a Story,” the first community project proposed and produced by the Goldsmith Press, is a portfolio of letterpress posters that relate inter-generational stories. A group of children, adults and senior citizens gathered over a two-month period to write, typeset and print these ordinary yet remarkable personal accounts.

The project was directed by Cindy Marsh, professor of art and design and director of the Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection, and Barry Kitterman, associate professor of English.

•“First Amendment Prints” (2001) is a portfolio of posters featuring quotes by world leaders concerning freedom of speech. The exhibit, a collaboration between APSU journalism and graphic design students, was directed by Marsh and Dr. Ellen Kanervo, professor of mass communication.

•“Words of War,” a project directed by Marsh and Kitterman, began in July 2003, when a group of individuals—from teens and college students to Army wives and senior citizens—met to discuss and write about war.

Marsh says, “Clarksville is a city defined by military conflict (due to its proximity to Fort Campbell), yet many of us did not feel at ease talking publicly about war. The result is a portfolio of very public posters, which relay some private ideas about war.”

The exhibits are on display in the lobby adjacent to the airport's Capital Grill, which is accessible to all travelers and greeters. Viewers can respond to the exhibits via the adjacent response box. Responses will be posted on the “Arts in the Airport” Web page.

The Goldsmith Press and Rare Type Collection is a unique letterpress facility that includes thousands of hand-carved wood letters, typesetting materials and antique printing presses. The wood type was originally created for a New England advertising company, Metropolitan Showprint (est.1890). APSU purchased the collection in 1997.

The letterpress and type collection were named in honor of Arthur Goldsmith— an advocate for public literacy, a lover of books and a long-term supporter of the arts in Middle Tennessee. The Goldsmith Press, which has been awarded four grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission, has proven to be a valued teaching tool and a coveted studio for artists, designers and writers.

Arts in the Airport, an award-winning program created in 1988 by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, presents works by local, regional and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of Nashville International Airport's passengers and visitors.
—Rebecca Mackey