Arts+Letters Press is an independent, not-for-profit publishing platform for cross-disciplinary collaboration, exchange, and experimentation. Established in 2017, Arts+Letters Press focuses on the production, promotion, and distribution of short-run artist books, multiples, editioned prints, monographs, catalogues, and is the founder of the serial publication art+reading.
art+reading is a journal aimed at examining the relationship between reading and making. Each issue includes an in-depth interview with a creative professional, as well as artist pages, creative writing, poetry, and critical analysis by contributors working across a variety of disciplinary fields. Exploring the ways in which what we read shapes who we are as engaged citizens, art+reading celebrates print culture while seeking to create an extended community of readers.
Jenn Law is an artist, writer, and researcher living in Toronto. A member of Loop Gallery and Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre, her multi-disciplinary practice explores book culture, the historical archive/library, and print-based strategies of preservation and problem-solving. Law holds a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, England, a BA in Anthropology from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and a BFA from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She has exhibited her work internationally and has worked as a lecturer, curator, and editor in Canada, the UK, and South Africa, publishing on South African, Caribbean, and Canadian contemporary art and print culture. Law has been the recipient of several awards and research grants including from SSHRC, the British Council, and the British Academy. She is the co-editor, with Tara Cooper, of Printopolis, published in 2016 by Open Studio, Toronto.
Penelope Stewart is an artist, curator and publisher whose practice is multi-disciplinary, encompassing expansive installations, sculpture, photography with deep roots in print culture. Her practise has included the creation of prints, artist books, multiples, monographs and collaborative print portfolios. She is a member of Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre and has been both artist and curator of joint projects between Open Studio Artists and print shops in Québec and Australia. In 2013 Stewart was a participant at Impact 8 in Dundee, Scotland, Wacousta panel and the presentation of the Boundless and Borderless portfolio.
Stewart was born in Montréal, Québec. She received a BFA from York University, Toronto and an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Stewart is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Arts Council’s. Her large scale photographs received First Prize at Photo-Op, Toronto, and at the prestigious Centre for the Perceptual Arts, (CEPA), New York. In 2010 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA).
She has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in both national and international venues including such notable institutions as The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; Musée d'Art de Joliette, Québec; Lotusland, California; Musée Barthétè, Boussan, France; Koffler Gallery, Toronto; Oakville Galleries, Ontario; Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Ontario; The Military Museums, Alberta; ACT Design Museum Canberra, Australia; Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Australia.
Stewart currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.