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25 February 2008
Art Dept.'s Kaleidoscope Events Feature Artwork of Frank Brannon, Jr.

Frank was born in Maryville, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, and currently lives near Dillsboro, North Carolina. He is a 2005 graduate of the M.F.A. in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama and is proprietor of SpeakEasy Press. He previously studied Physics (M.S., 1991 and B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, 1987) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed three years of Ph.D. work in Atmospheric Science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Frank has 17 years of experience in educational instruction and administration. He most recently worked with the Academic Affairs Office at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He has previous experience as an informal educator with the U.S. Department of Energy’s American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The limited edition, letterpress books that Frank produces are held in several special collections libraries in the United States and England as well as with private collectors. His most recent monograph focuses upon research into the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper of northern Georgia, 1828-1834. Research continues on the origins and demise of this historical newspaper as well as an exploration of the character-forms of the original Sequoyan syllabary. In 2008 Frank was lead letterpress printer for the Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency in Letterpress.
(Cited from Asheville Books: see Book Works.)

See the Center for Book Arts Exhibition Archive for Brannon's portrayal of books.

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