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In the Spotlight

Celebrating a milestone for Goudy Award winners

Bigelow & Holmes, the design team who created the Lucida fonts, is marking the 40th anniversary of "Leviathan," their first commercial typeface, with an exhibition and lecture at the Cary on February 1, 2018. All are welcome.

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Carry On! Selections from the Patnode Shopping Bag Collection

The Fall exhibition at the Cary examines the design and visual impact of shopping bags from the 1960s to the present. Stop up to our second floor galleries for a surprising selection of bags elevated to artwork!

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Artifact spotlight from the Cary Graphic Design Archives

Vist our online exhibition about Lester Beall's 1958 design for the Freedom of the Press postage stamp.

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Periodicals newly described

The Cary holds several hundred journals, magazines, and newsletters. This extensive periodical collection may now be browsed on the RIT Libraries online catalog. Click below to see the full list.

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The David Pankow Collection of American Trade Bindings

American decorated book bindings enjoyed a period of innovation from 1890 to 1915 with daring designs that incorporated gold foil and multicolor printing on cloth. New! Browse our trade binding collection that was donated by the Cary's curator emeritus, David Pankow.‚Äč


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The Making of a Shakespeare Broadside

The Cary recently contributed to the Bodleian Libray's 2016 Shakespeare Sonnets project. In our online exhibition, follow the production steps we took to letterpress print a 21st century edition of Sonnet 35 in fine press.

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Wood type fonts restored

Over 100 fonts of historic wood type have been cleaned, printed, and identified by volunteers for the Cary’s Adopt-a-Font project. There are still fonts to adopt, so contact us if you want to help.

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Dec 5 / 2017
Shani Avni, a design historian from Tel Aviv, spent...
Nov 9 / 2017
The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester...
Oct 26 / 2017
Claire Van Vliet, the 2017 Goudy Award winner, will be...
Oct 4 / 2017
Please join RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection &...