About the Current Exhibition

Relegated to the Margins: Women of the Arts & Crafts Print Movement

Combining political and artistic values, proponents of the Arts & Crafts movement used decorative arts to imbue art and beauty into the home. In addition to wallpaper, furniture, ceramics, and textiles, Arts & Crafts workshops produced carefully designed printed works that disseminated the movement’s ideals. The long history of women performing domestic craftwork meant that women were uniquely qualified to serve as contributors in Arts & Crafts workshops. This exhibit explores the origins of Arts & Crafts printing while seeking to highlight the contributions women made to the movement.

Exhibition begins on the 3rd floor of Case-Geyer Library with an exploration of the originators of the Arts & Crafts movement in England and the spread of the movements' ideals. It continues on the 2nd floor of the library with descriptions of the design of handcrafted books, followed by an examination of two New York State Arts & Crafts printing presses.

Curated by Xena Becker, Special Collections Librarian

Curatorial and production support by Haley Benson, Morgan Elmore, Alli Grim, Cara Howe, and Marisa Modugno. Additional thanks to Michael Holobosky (Print Shop) and The Image Press of Syracuse, NY.