RIT Press

RIT Press is a scholarly publishing enterprise at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Established in 2001 as RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, the Press initially focused on publishing titles that documented graphic communication processes, printing history, and bookmaking. As its editorial policies have evolved, the Press has broadened its reach to include content that supports all academic disciplines offered at Rochester Institute of Technology.

With a new title coming this month and one to quickly follow in November, we have rounded up some of the recent publications from RIT Press. Each title comes with sample page spreads, visit the book’s product page to view them in pdf format.

Please note, Boydell & Brewer market and distribute these books internationally, readers in the Americas please visit RIT Press’s website for queries.

Up Against the Wall

Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster
Edited by William M. Valenti, M.D., Jessica Lacher-Feldman and Donald Albrecht

Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster offers nearly 200 examples of visually arresting and socially meaningful posters. The posters, spanning the years from 1982 to the present, show how social, religious, civic, and public health agencies have addressed the controversial, often contested terrain of the HIV/AIDS pandemic within the public realm. Organizations and creators tailored their messages to audiences, both broad and very specific, and used a wide array of strategies, employing humor, emotion, scare tactics, simple scientific explanations, sexual imagery, and many other methods to communicate powerfully and effectively.

The Path to Paradise

Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art
by Jessica Marten, Glenn Adamson, Diane C. Wright and Virginia Chieffo Raguin

With deep respect for history, a provocative rebelliousness, and a feminist sensibility, Judith Schaechter has aptly been called a “post-punk stained-glass sorceress.”

The chapters […] are all interesting and insightful, and a delight to read. […] the forty-five works in this publication display a huge talent and a vision at once exquisite and deeply, viscerally unnerving from which we cannot look away.” Julie L. Sloan, The Journal of Stained Glass

North by Nuuk

Greenland after Rockwell Kent
by Denis Defibaugh

North by Nuuk is an intimate, contemporary look at the people and the social and primal geographic landscapes of Greenland. Photographer Denis Defibaugh presents his journey from Nuuk to the settlement of Illorsuit, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, following Rockwell Kent’s earlier footsteps and offering a fresh look at timeless Greenland.

Crafting Democracy

Fiber Arts and Activism
Edited by Juilee Decker and Hinda Mandell

This catalogue explores the role of craft in voicing dissent in an era of political disruption.
Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism calls upon craft, during an era of political disruption, as a creative force to voice dissent, express hope, critique the curtailment of civil rights, and to restore dignity to the human experience. The essays and artwork featured in this exhibition catalogue are framed within the context of American democracy and disclose how we, as individuals and as a culture, “craft democracy” and ultimately question what democracy means today.