Susan Jackson Keig, Designer
Milena Hughes, Marbler
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The Graphic Arts . . . and the Art of Marbling

Here is an opportunity to learn about the career of Susan Jackson Keig, a distinguished Chicago designer. Find out about her personal and professional experiences in creating projects such as The Shaker Calendar, now in 2002 in its 32nd edition. Learn about the preparation essential to designing such books as historian Thomas D. Clark's Pleasant Hill and its Shakers, photographer James Archambeault's The Gift of Pleasant Hill, and Bettie Kerr and John D. Wright's Lexington: A Century in Photographs. Learn about the importance of research for photographs, maps, and drawings; and about collaboration among contributing artists, such as calligraphers and photographers. The role of the designer, says Susan Keig, is finding creative solutions.

The Mysterious Marbler was the name of a book appearing in London in 1854. In spite of the fact that marbling was practiced in Japan as early as the 10th century and in Turkey in the 16th century, its methods were later secretly guarded among bookbinders in Europe. Now, from one of American's most accomplished marblers, you can see and learn the secrets of paper marbling. Milena Hughes will give an historical lecture on the development of marbling, and then conduct a laboratory in which she discusses the basic materials needed for marbling. She will demonstrate, step-by-step, the sequence of four basic styles, from the "stone" patterns onward to the "bouquet" technique. See the enduring graphic enchantment created by what she charmingly calls "those dancing colors."


Friday, 12 April 2002

"An Odyssey in Design"
Susan Jackson Keig

7:30 P.M., The Peal Gallery
King Library, University of Kentucky

Free & Open to All

Saturday, 13 April 2002

B O O K   A R T S   L A B O R A T O R Y

Continental Breakfast & Registration
9:00 a.m., The King Library Press

10:00 a.m., The Peal Gallery
"A Brief History of Paper Marbling: Historical Highlights"
Milena Hughes

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Marbling Techniques & Marbling Styles: A Demonstration
With Milena Hughes

Registration is Required for the Book Arts Laboratory

SUSAN JACKSON KEIG is a Distinguished Alumna of the U.K. College of Fine Arts. First woman president and a Fellow of Chicago's Society of Typographic Arts, she has also served as a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a juror for numerous design competitions. She has lectured at Yale University, the Ringling School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has been cited as one of the ten pivotal women in design. She has won awards for exhibitions,signage/environmental design, books/publications, logos, and marketing programs. She is especially well-known for her design work on behalf of Shakertown; she has been honored by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation and the Ida Lee Willis Foundation. She designed the Clare Booth Luce Award and medal for The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.

MILENA HUGHES was a watercolorist and fashion illustrator before becoming a marbler. Now an innovative marbling artist grounded in historical methods, she has exhibited in Chicago, Baltimore, Taos, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Nagano, Bejing, Moscow, and many other venues. She has produced art for over a hundred commercial projects, including a box for Scott tissue and patterns for Solarian Armstrong Flooring; other projects have included gift wrap, textiles, and wall coverings. She has worked on various projects with Susan Keig, including a special album marking Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Keeneland. Milena Hughes has been interviewed for CBS television, for NPR's Morning Edition, and featured in The Chicago Tribune. Founder of the Marbling Resource Center in Evanston, Illinois, Ms. Hughes will speak at this year's International Marblers Gathering.


1. Friday Night's Lecture with Susan Jackson Keig is free and open to all.

2. Saturday's Book Arts Laboratory, with lecture and demonstrations by Milena Hughes, requires a registration fee of $20.00. The number of participants will be limited.

=> To take part in Saturday's activities, make a reservation by calling 859 257-8408 or 859 257-8371, or contacting and then sending your check for $20.00 payable to The University of Kentucky. Mail to: The King Library Press / University of Kentucky Libraries / Lexington, KY 40506-0039.

Lecture and Workshop are in the Libraries' Special Collections Department. There will be a printed keepsake for the event.