Accessing Common Press
Common Press exists to support teaching and learning across the University of Pennsylvania, and to facilitate collaboration across the university and beyond. Common Press is available to members of the University of Pennsylvania community (students, faculty, and staff), and occasionally the wider community, in several ways.
Summer/Fall 2020: While the Press is closed due to COVID-19, we are available to remotely support education around print and the book, including remote class visits and online and mail art programming. Please contact us for more information or check our Schedule.
Curricular Support: Common Press provides curricular support by hosting tours, demonstrations, and classroom projects for Penn courses. If you are leading a class and are interested in utilizing Common Press, please submit a Class Visit Form to begin a discussion about how we might support your course.
Projects: Common Press facilitates creative projects incorporating print and book media, for both the Penn community and visiting artists and scholars. We invite your project proposals via the Project Inquiry Form.
Workshops & Studio Access: We also hold Letterpress Orientations, Book Arts Workshops, and Open Studio Hours for Penn students, faculty, and staff. View our schedule of upcoming events. How can I use Common Press? First you must register for and complete an Introduction to Letterpress. This 3-hour workshop walks you through the basics of setting type, setting up the press, printing, and cleaning the press. After completing this workshop, you are eligible to drop in during designated Open Studio Hours to set type, or to sign up for printing time through a dedicated press sign-up link. Common Press provides ink and cleanup supplies. Some paper is available for student use.
Events for the Community: Occasionally, special workshops, open houses, and residency opportunities are open to the broader community. Sign up for our mailing list to receive notification of these opportunities.