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What Endures is the 2017 edition in the Artist’s Publication Series from Ringling College of Art and Design. The book was conceived, written, and designed by Jessica Peterson. The content was produced, printed and bound by students in the Collaboratory: Artists’ Publication class at Ringling College.

The narrative considers the history of Sarasota, Florida in the early 1820’s, when it was a haven for enslaved people who had escaped from bondage, as well as Indigenous Americans who escaped from Andrew Jackson’s Trail of Tears.

A Guide to Florida, 2016

A Guide to Florida, 2016

Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates on Mohawk Superfine. Case binding with twelve fold-outs. A collaboration between Jessica Peterson and Small Craft Advisory Press, this bookwork contains the words and designs of 12 writers and 12 book artists, including Keith Kopka and AB Gorham, Mary Jane Ryals and Denise Bookwalter, Jessie King and Allison Milham, Deborah Hall and Landon Perkins, Ron Salutsky and Abigail Lucien, Jay Snodgrass and Ellen Knudson, Jessica Plante and Jessica Peterson, Michael Trammel and Scott Bell, Kristine Snodgrass and Bridget Elmer, Danilo John Thomas and Michelle Ray, Christine Poreba and Kevin Curry, Jeff Peters and Sonja Rossow.

Read about the process under PROJECTS.

More info on the SCAP website.






Starting WPA production

I visited SCAP for a week in the summer of 2014, to start printing The Guide to Florida. Other participants came to help out with the production. It was a blast to work with some many people in the printshop, it was a real collaborative and supportive process. AB Gorham, Allison Milham and Denise Bookwalter (the staff of SCAP) are amazing and efficient administrators

Visiting the Archive

All the participants met for the first time in Tallahassee in December 2013. We curated a great mixed of mostly Florida-based writers and artists, including Scott Bell, Denise Bookwalter, Kevin Curry, Bridget Elmer, AB Gorham, Deborah Hall, Jessie King, Ellen Knudson, Keith Kopka, Abigail Lucien, Allison Milham, Landon Perkins, Jeff Peters, Jessica Peterson, Jessica Plante, Christine Poreba, Michelle Ray, Sonja Rosow, Mary Jane Ryals, Ron Salutkey, Jay Snodgrass, Kristine Snodgrass, Danilo Thomas and Michael Trammel

The first task was to pair one writer with one artist. We did this through a random drawing. Then, we visited the Florida State Archives, looked at the original manuscript, and researched our individual chapters.

at the Florida State Archives















at the Florida State Archives










Introducing the group to the press at SCAP
Introducing the group to the press at SCAP










Each pair was given a set of constraints to work with, and a deadline of Summer 2014.


  • Size: 11” x 12 ¾” (2 sections by 3 sections, each section is 5.5” x 4 ¼”)
  • We will send artists an InDesign template file with size, color and font
  • Font is: Perpetua: title (14pt), heading (12pt) and body text (10pt)
  • Title for each chapter is on first panel of section: 2.5 inches from top of page to baseline of 14 pt text, centered on page
  • 4 colors: Pantone 101 (yellow), Pantone 230 (magenta), Pantone 298 (blue), black