Currently on Display — Broadsides: Fusing Word and Design

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, students from the fall 2012 Advanced Creative Writing and Advanced Graphics Design classes, taught by Dr. Libby Jones and Dr. Alan Mills, respectively, collaborated to create stunning broadsides currently on display on the main floor of Hutchins, behind the Inauguration Exhibit.


 Sometimes called broadsheets or broadside ballads, broadsides were originally one-sided advertising circulars or ballads or popular songs printed on one side of a sheet of paper and sold by hawkers, especially in 16th-century England.  Broadsides were what people used to get their words out in a fashionable, attention-demanding way before modern magazines, newsprint, and billboards existed.

The broadsides currently on display are the work of the 21 students from the two classes who worked together in small groups to select writings, prepare design possibilities, and meld ideas to create works that reflect influence from both branches of artistic thought. 

For more information about the pieces on display or the process that went in to creating them, contact:

Libby Falk Jones, Ph.D.
Chester D. Tripp Chair in Humanities
Professor of English
Berea College, Berea KY 40404


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