25 February 2008
Art Dept.'s Kaleidoscope Events Feature Artwork of Frank Brannon, Jr.
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
(Cited from Asheville Books: see Book Works.)
Center for Book Arts Exhibition Archive
for Brannon's portrayal of books.
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