The RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection and School of Media Sciences are pleased to honor Jerry Kelly with the 2015 Frederic W. Goudy Award. Presentation of the award and the Goudy Distinguished Lecture in Typography was made Saturday, October 24, 2015 in RIT’s Carlson Auditorium at 7:00. This event was open to the public.
Established in 1969 by a gift from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Goudy Award pays tribute to the friendship between Melbert B. Cary, Jr. and Frederic Goudy by honoring distinguished figures in type design and its related fields.
“Jerry Kelly’s career exemplifies the values of the Goudy Award,” said Steven Galbraith, Curator of the Cary Collection. “His work expresses his unique voice while also continuing the legacies of masters such as Hermann Zapf and Bruce Rogers.”
Jerry Kelly is a calligrapher, book designer, type designer, and typographer. Since the late 1970s he has designed hundreds of books for numerous clients, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Pierpont Morgan Library, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters. His calligraphy has been used in publications of Abbeville Press, Oak Knoll Press, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, The Grolier Club, and various others.His work has received many awards, including thirty selections in the prestigious “Fifty Books of the Year” award for excellence in book design of the American Institute of Graphic Arts; three selections of the Type Director’s Club; and numerous selections in the Letter Arts Review Annual.
Before founding Jerry Kelly LLC, Kelly worked with the Press of A. Colish in Mount Vernon, New York (1981–1991) and then with the Stinehour of Press of Lunenberg Vermont (1991–1999).Since 1978 Kelly has been a partner at the Kelly-Winterton Press, a small shop printing fine editions by letterpress (and occasionally other means where appropriate). In addition to being an artist and designer, Kelly is a teacher and scholar who has lectured widely, and written books on the history of calligraphy and printing.