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A Show of Hands!: International Calligraphy Conference 2016

Date(s): 06/25/2016 - 07/02/2016
All Day

Warren Wilson College


A Show of Hands!: International Calligraphy Conference 2016

The 35th international calligraphy conference, A Show of Hands, alludes to the hands-on craftsmanship that makes the art of calligraphy so special. These conferences bring together an international collection of fine instructors and suppliers to the trade. Most importantly they are open to people from every skill level, from beginner to master, who have a passion for the lettering arts. Attending is a great way to renew old friendships and start new ones, while building and honing your calligraphy skills.

This conference will be held in the heart of North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. This walkable campus has great classrooms and a cafeteria focused on nutritious, healthy foods. Our temperatures in June are typically a bit cooler than lower altitudes, and nearby Asheville, NC is a favored destination for many travelers.

When: June 25th to July 2nd, 2016
Where: Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina
What: A range of activities is available . . .

  • 2 ½ and 5 day classes, for experts and beginners alike
  • Skilled instructors from all over the world
  • Room & board opportunities on the Warren Wilson campus
  • Many hotels, B&Bs and other off-campus facilities in the area
  • Faculty & participant exhibits
  • Evening lectures and demonstrations
  • Vendor & art supplier exhibits
  • Opportunity to visit popular area attractions (see Location, Location, Location page)

All of these topics and more will be covered in detail in the various sections of our website. We will be updating information continuously as event planning is finalized, so by all means check back regularly to see what’s happening.

Making a decision about registering is important. Dormitory space is finite, and it’s filling up fast. When you register you will receive a priority number which will be used when choosing classes and to guarantee on-campus housing. A small room block has been procured at the Holiday Inn East and students should use Code “SOH” to receive the conference discount.


The first international calligraphy conference was held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 1981. It was an effort put together by Jo White and the Colleagues of Calligraphy, supported by the great British scribe, Donald Jackson. It brought nearly 600 scribes to the campus. It signaled the formation of an amazing community that continues to this day, evolving into a gathering of commercial and fine artists whose passion is hand lettering. Year after year the faculty has included some of the best scribes in the world, who have consistently introduced new concepts and techniques, fostering experimentation with a variety of media.

Co-Directors: Annie Cicale and Moe Hoxie