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April 3, 2022 - April 30, 2022

In Our Gallery – Tom Virgin’s 2020 Miami 100s


April 3, 2022
April 30, 2022


Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134 US
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Books & Books presents …

2020 Miami 100s

Tom Virgin

Artist’s Statement:

2020 Miami 100s

When I received a seventh invitation to the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota it was once again an opportunity to work with acknowledged master letterpress printers in Red Wing and the Twin Cities. The Midwest is a place that never lost the traditions of letterpress printing. I had a small dilemma, however. In all the previous residencies, I had filled the walls of my studio with new work upon my arrival. The time in school and printing for the gallery, had kept my production to a minimum. Mid-May I asked fourteen friends and collaborators (all writers) to give me 100 characters each to print on broadsheets. The resulting prose, poems, prayers, and koans are the Miami 100’s. When I put them up in my studio at the Anderson Center, they were a huge hit. Writers have been the river that has carried me through my life so far. I am grateful.
Tom Virgin
Proprietor, Extra Virgin Press & Bookworm

About the Artist:

TOM VIRGIN is a Miami based artist making letterpress prints, artists books, and public art. Founder of Extra Virgin Press, Virgin’s first fine press edition, Conversation Too, was published in 2014, with the support of the Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Virgin moved to South Florida in 1974, completed a BFA in Painting and Printmaking at Florida Atlantic University, and earned a MFA in Printmaking at the University of Miami. From 1995-2020, Virgin taught in Miami-Dade Public Schools.

His work examines artist’s residencies, public schools, National Parks, his home states (Michigan, Florida), and relationships formed in collaborations through interdisciplinary projects. Virgin’s work includes work with both writers and artists: Including Miami 100’s, Midwest 100’s, The Home/s Portfolio, the SWEAT Broadsheet Collaboration, The Ground Beneath Our Feet, and the Heartland Portfolio (Red Wing, MN).