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September 16, 2020: Center for Book Arts Virtual Critique Workshop via Zoom
Richard presents an all-day workshop, 10 am to 5 pm EDT.

July 25, 2020: The Farnsworth Museum, Live Global Lecture via Zoom
Richard presents a talk "Modernism in American Book Cover Art, 1872-1930," 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-04:00)


October 25, 2018: The University of Rochester Library, Special Collections
Rochester, NY. Richard presents a talk "Saved by the Cover: Rediscovering Amelia E. Barr," 5:30 pm.

January 27, 2018: American Printing History Association Laureate Award
New York, NY. Richard receives the 2018 Laureate at the APHA Annual Meeting, New York Public Library, 2:00 pm, and presents a talk on his own printing history from 1960 to 2018.
Watch the video of the award presentation and Richard's talk.


October 28, 2017: Guild of Book Workers 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

Tacoma, WA. Richard receives the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Standards of Excellence Seminar Banquet.
 Watch the video of the award presentation

October 25, 2017: The Book Arts Guild
Seattle, WA. Richard presents a talk on the evolution of his work, Material Meets Metaphor, 7:00 pm at University of Washington Special Collections.

April 23-29, 2017: The Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY. Richard is artist-in-residence, printing on the Kelmscot-Goudy Albion handpress; lecture April 27, 6:00 pm: Material Meets Metaphor.

April 19, 2017: The Caxton Club
Chicago, IL. Richard presents a talk on The Art of American Book Covers, 6:00 pm.

January 14, 2017: College Book Art Association
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. Richard organized and moderates a roundtable discussion on Book Art Theory.


May 24, 2016: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Richard presents a talk titled "Revising Art History: The Art of American Book Covers, 1875-1930" in the symposium on
American Publishers’ Bindings, Artists of the Book, and the Decorative Arts. Thomas J. Watson Library, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall.

January  23, 2016: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Richard presents a talk on The Art of American Book Covers, 11:00 am.


Decmber 4, 2015: Smith College
Richard presents a Keynote lecture titled "Saved by the Cover: Rediscovering Amelia E. Barr." Neilson Library, 4:00 pm.

September 19 and 20, 2015:  Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos & Design Expo
Richard presents an exhibit and talk on American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1875-1930 at 2:00 each day.

April 22, 2015: John Hay Library, Brown University
Richard lectures on American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929


Publication of NOTES

October 10–December 20, 2014: Center for Book Arts, New York City
In conjunction with the 40th annicersary of the Center, which Richard founded in 1974, he is returning with two simultaneous exhibitions. Master Faculty Fellow is a mini-retrospective presented in conjunction with his teaching a master class in critical methodology titled Material Meets Metaphor; and Featured Artist Project presents work-in-progress on Notes, with a performance.

October 10, 2014: Yale University
Yale Digital Collections launches the pilot of Interviews with Richard Minsky in The Richard Minsky Archive with 22 segments.

Exhibition and Publication of American Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933

May 3-4, 2014:  Art Libraries Society of North America Conference
Richard exhibited The Bill of Rights, American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929, and other editions


May 4, 2013: Boston Book, Paper and Photo Show, Wilmington, MA
Richard is the featured artist, and will be exhibiting The Bill of Rights, 9 am to 4 pm

April 25-28, 2013: Art Libraries Society of North America, Pasadena
Richard will be exhibiting at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference

April 16, 2013: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Richard lectures on American Decorated Publishers' Bindings 1872-1929 4:00 to 5:00 pm

March 22, 2013: Art Libraries Society of North America, Webinar
Richard speaks about Library Development programs with lectures, tours and workshops that inform and involve supporters and administrators.

February 21, 2013: Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota FL
Richard lectures on Material Meets Metaphor 6:30-7:30 pm; workshop for Book Art students Feb. 22.


Exhibition and Publication of The Book Cover Art of Thomas Watson Ball

May 26–August 26, 2012: Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
Pop Delusions debuts in the Beaten & Bound exhibition

March 8, 2012: The Aldus Society, Columbus Ohio
Richard Minsky lectures on The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930, 7:00 pm, followed by a book signing

March 8, 2012: Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio
Richard Minsky conducts a critique workshop, 1:30 - 3:30 pm


December 2, 2011: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Richard Minsky lectures on The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 in the symposium, "The Decorated Book," followed by a book signing.

November 4, 2011: Publication of The Book Art of Richard Minsky: My Life in Book Art

March 27, 2011: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis
Richard Minsky presents Material Meets Metaphor at 6:00 p.m., a program that integrates the practice and philosophy of 50 years of his work as a printer, bookbinder, artist and Founder of The Center for Book Arts.


The Third Exhibition of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1872-1929

August 2–December 21, 2010: Yale University
Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art by Richard Minsky at The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Loria Center for the History of Art, 190 York Street, New Haven, CT.
October 5, 2010 at 1:00 PM: Richard Minsky spoke about his life and work in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 130 Wall Street

March 30, 2010: Publication of The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930

January 22–March 19, 2010: Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA
Somewhere Far From Habit, an exhibition of 10 artists' works inspired by the work of 10 poets, and other work by each artist. Premiere of Richard Minsky's new work, Freedom of Choice, inspired by the poems of Lucie Brock-Broido. In addition to the new work, The Bill of Rights Edition was on view.


November 6, 2009: Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Opening reception for Somewhere Far From Habit, an exhibition of 10 artists' works inspired by the work of 10 poets, and other work by each artist. Premiere of Richard Minsky's new work, Freedom of Choice, inspired by the poems of Lucie Brock-Broido. In addition to the new work, The Bill of Rights Edition were on view, and other Minsky editions.

September 15, 2009: University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Richard Minsky and Jeffrey Lipsky consult with students, faculty and administration on the application of virtual world technologies. Public Lecture and mixed reality event, 5-7 p.m. 


April 15-17, 2008: University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Richard Minsky was the Von Hess Visiting Artist at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts, and delivered a University-wide lecture on Tuesday the 15th at 1:00 p.m. Produced an edition of The Philosophy of Umbrellas.

February 22, 2008: The Grolier Club, New York City
Symposium on the history, technology and conservation of nineteenth-century publishers' bindings, sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers, New York Chapter. Richard Minsky presents "American Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1872-1929."

February 13, 2008: The New School, New York City
"Parallel Worlds: Explorations in Second Life". Panel discussion. 7:00 PM at the Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street. Sponsored by The Aperture Foundation.


August 25, 2007: The Second Life Community Conference, Chicago
Richard Minsky presents "The Art World Market of Second Life

May 16, 2007: Location One, New York City
Live tour of the Second Life art world. A video of the1? hour event is in the Location One archive.

March 2, 2007: The University of Iowa, Iowa City
The Mitchell Lecture on The Art of the Book 


October 13, 2006: Guild of BookWorkers Centennial Symposium: "The Art of the Book in America"
New York Academy of Medicine, New York City. 3:30 p.m.: Richard Minsky presents "The Book Arts from the 1970's Forward."

October 12, 2006: The Grolier Club, New York City
Reception for the Guild of BookWorkers 100th Anniversary Exhibition. Richard Minsky is a juror of the Contemporary Exhibition, and his work was selected for the Guild's Retrospective Exhibition

October 7-8, 2006: Oak Knoll Book Fest, New Castle DE
Presenting the publication debut of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1872-1929 by Richard Minsky

September 2006: The Wizard Academy, Austin, TX
Lecture: Advanced Thought Particles


September-December 2005: Brown University, Providence, RI
Visiting Artist

March 15, 2005: Brown University
Lecture at The List Art Center, 2:00 p.m.

February - March 2005: The Bill of Rights exhibition at Syracuse University
January 29 — April 1, 2005, with an evening lecture on Friday, March 4, 2005 and a workshop on Saturday,
March 5, 2005. 

February 7, 2005: The John Carter Brown Library
Richard will deliver the Sonia Galletti Lecture at The JCBL, Brown University Campus, Providence, RI.


Yale Acquires Richard Minsky Archive
Read about it in the Yale Bulletin & Calendar

April 8, 2004: Washington University, St. Louis
Material as Metaphor: A slide lecture by Richard Minsky
7:30 p.m. Steinberg Hall Auditorium
Free and open to the public. Reception follows


April - November 2003 
Three Amendments of the Bill of Rights edition in the exhibition
Visual Poetics: Art and the Word at the Miami Art Museum
April 25 - November 16, 2003

April - May 2003: The Bill of Rights exhibition at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Star Tribune Foundation Gallery: April 5 through May 30, 2003
Read the Review in the St. Paul Pioneer Press

February 2003: Conservators as Artists
Paper presented by Minsky in New York City February 21, 2003 at a joint conference session of the CAA (College Arts Association) and AIC (American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works). 


The Bill of Rights edition is in the permanent collections of
Yale University Arts of the Book Collection
The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson & Burnham Libraries
Click the links above to make an appointment to view this work. 

September, 2002: The Bill of Rights exhibition at Oberlin College
Organized by Ed Vermue, Special Collections and Preservation Librarian. Oberlin College Library, Oberlin, OH.
September 9:  Richard Minsky gave a gallery talk followed by a slide and web lecture as the Ellen Johnson Visiting Artist.

May 2002:The Bill of Rights Exhibition at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery
Six column review in The New York Times, Arts section, May 20, 2002


August 2001: An Interview With Mr. RIchard Minsky
Professional and Academic Perspectives of Book Art

July 2001: 25 Years: The Book Art Movement 1974-1999
SHARP Conference, Williamsburg, VA, July 19-22 [Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing]. Minsky presented a paper on the above subject on Sunday, July 22 at 10:30 am. Read it. He was also interviewed by The Book Guys for their National Public Radio Show, broadcast the week of July 27. 

July 2001: Art Criticism: Whose Truth?
Roundtable discussion at Long House Reserve, East Hampton, NY, July 14. Rose Slivka, Moderator. The three panelists are Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic, The New York Times; B. H. Friedman, Author, early collector and biographer of Jackson Pollock, and Minsky.

 February 2001:Lecture and Workshop in San Diego
You can read the write-up of the talk in Volume IV No. 1 of End Papers the newsletter of San Diego Book Arts.


June 16, 2000: Richard Minsky in the Rotunda of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Making a book  with 190 winners of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.



Saint Francis

Sappho's Leap by Erica Jong.

Minsky's Post-Modem Music

You can listen to these while you browse.  

  • Fragment 1: Tango
    Here is a July 1995 MIDI composition of 2:40 minutes that's about 18 kb for a quick download.
  • Fragment 2: Sunday Morning
    This is a September 1998 MIDI composition of 2:00 minutes that's only about 7 kb. Click the button to start playing this one.
  • Fragment 3: Fanfare
    A July 1999 MIDI Tango interlude that is crisp, bright and plays for 18 seconds. It requires a fairly good sound card and speakers or it will sound muddy.
  • Fragment 4: This October 1999 mood plays for 22 seconds (2 kb).
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