The Department of Fine Arts/Hite Art Institute presents a lecture April 1 by Barry Moser, prizewinning educator, author, illustrator and designer of nearly three hundred books for children and adults.
Moser’s achievements include the production of fine illustrations in some of the world’s great literary works such as the Bible, “The Divine Comedy,” “Moby Dick” and “Alice in Wonderland.” He is widely celebrated for his dramatic wood engravings for the only 20th-century edition of the entire King James Bible illustrated by a single artist.
His work is represented in collections throughout the world, including The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The British Museum, The Library of Congress, The National Library of Australia, The London College of Printing, The Vatican Library, the Israel Museum and Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Cambridge universities.
Moser’s recent memoir, “We Were Brothers,” examines how the racism he grew up with in segregated Chattanooga affected his life and family ties.
Moser is on faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and is professor-in-residence at Smith College. He was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UofL in 2001, and his presence helped kick-start efforts to establish UofL’s four-year BFA in graphic design. He lives in western Massachusetts.
“My talk is about my journey from a home that had no books, from being a boy who didn’t read, to being a man whose life is books—designer, illustrator, publisher, author,” Moser said.
The Allen R. Hite Memorial Lecture is 6:30 p.m., April 1, at Locust Grove historic estate, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. The event is free and open to the public.