April 9
September 21


Blake at Union: From Print to Digital To Print

This exhibit is a companion to a research website showcasing the works of author, artist, and printmaker William Blake to be released the Schaffer Library in late April, 2018. The development of the website would not have been possible with Union College's extensive collection of print facsimiles of Blake's illuminated books and commercial works. The presentation online of an enhanced catalog of this collection and the digitization of selected images, undertaken to inspire and promote student creativity, forever intertwines the digital with the print. Our goal is to use the advantages of digitization to create a greater awareness of the physical collection, draw researchers to it, and perpetuate conversations among students for years to come.

Visit Blake.schafferlibrarycollections.org

Exhibit Panels

Largely unrecognized in his own lifetime and always struggling to make ends meet, some of Blake’s works were based on commissions. But his passionate response to political, social, and religious constructs that he considered oppressive and misguided led to the formation of a personal mythology presented vividly in his illuminated books.

Selected Images From the Exhibition

Blake Exhibit 1
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Blake at Union: From Digital to Print

Opening Reception
Friday, April 27th

Lally Reading Room, Schaffer Library

Blake Buttons
Closing Lecture with Dr. Jared Richman, 97

Friday, September 21
Lally Reading Room, Schaffer Library

Reception begins @4pm / Lecture @4:30pm

Richman, an honors graduate of the Union English Department, holds a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Associate Professor at Colorado College, where he teaches and publishes work on William Blake as well as other figures of the Romantic Era.

Sponsored by the Department of English and Schaffer Library

Be sure to grab a button!

Student Competition

To mark the launch of the Blake@Union project in Schaffer Library, students in all disciplines were invited to submit a response in any medium to the works of revolutionary author, artist and printmaker William Blake. View the prize winners here. 

Exhibit Acknowledgements




Grateful acknowledgement for their support of the Blake@Union project is made to Union College faculty, students, alumni, collection donors, and library staff. Additional thanks are extended to the following individuals for their particular contributions: James McCord, Andrew Burkett, and Sandra Wimer for sharing their knowledge of Blake; Jessica Rosenthal ’18 for her research into the Trianon Press facsimiles; Gail Golderman, Jennifer Goodwin, Rebecca Fried, and Matthew Golebiewski for website development and graphic design; Frances Maloy, India Spartz, Marlaine DesChamps, Julie Lohnes, and Sarah Mottalini for logistical support; Annette LeClair for project leadership.