2017-2018 Schedule


December 2017

Roundtable Show-and-Tell

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, December 7th

The Ampersand Club’s occasional Show and Tell meeting will be held in Fridley, at the new home of the Campbell-Logan Bindery.

Bring a favorite, or recent book acquisition and share its story!


November 2017

The Intersections of Type Design
and Visual Culture 1500-1800

7:00 p.m. - Thursday, November 16th

  • Open Book
  • Room 203
  • 1011 Washington Ave N
  • Minneapolis

Presented by Dr. Craig Eliason, Professor of Art History at the University of St. Thomas, Facilitator of Type Tuesdays, and Ampersand Member, we will examine type designs during the lively period between 1500-1800.

We will explore connections to contemporary art and architecture, and the extent to which broad categories of cultural development can make sense of the forms of printed letters.


October 2017

Road trip to Carleton College!

9:15 a.m. - Saturday, October 28th

October's meeting of the Ampersand Club will be a road trip to Carleton College on Saturday, October 28th. We will be gathering on campus, in the Laurence McKinley Gould Library, at 9:15am for coffee and donuts.

Highlights of our morning at the library will include Jody Williams' Cabinet of Wonders, the Gould's new conservation lab, and Special Collections. Reconvening in the afternoon, we will join Jeff Rathermel in the Weitz Center for Creativity for a presentation on the college's printmaking collection.

Hope to see you, on the road!


September 2017

The 54th James Ford Bell Lecture —
Past in Present: The Book’s Evolving Persona

7:30 p.m. - Tursday, September 28th

  • Open Book
  • Target Performance Hall
  • 1011 Washington Ave N
  • Minneapolis

Delivered by Ampersander Betty Bright, the annual James Ford Bell lecture will look at how "the book arts have tracked and anticipated our evolving relationship with books."

"After situating the book through recent neurological research and book art history, we will consider a few key works that demonstrate how book artists have responded to a focus shared by the James Ford Bell Library: that of mapping and how we communicate our presence in this digitized world." - U of M Libraries