A former faculty member whose wood engravings have been used in such classics as Moby-Dick, Alice in Wonderland, and The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, will give the keynote speech at Williston Northampton’s 173rd Commencement on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Barry Moser, who taught art at Williston Academy and the Williston Northampton School from 1967 to 1982, has been described in Newsweek as “the foremost wood engraver in America.”
Mr. Moser has illustrated some of the 20th century’s most beautiful private press books, including the Arion Press edition of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and the Pennyroyal Press edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, for which he received the American Book Award for typographic design. In 1999, The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, the first design and illustration of the Bible by a single artist since 1865, was published. A native of Tennessee, Mr. Moser is also nationally recognized for his work as painter, designer, publisher, and author.
Oliver Demers of Easthampton will be the senior class speaker. Mr. Demers is attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in the fall. He is a member of the Caterwaulers, the male a cappella group, and Teller Chorus. Mr. Demers has also been involved in the school’s theater program throughout his time at Williston, most recently playing Bobby Strong in the school’s production of Urinetown.
The Commencement ceremony will take place under a tent in front of the Reed Campus Center, starting at 9:30 a.m., and will include the graduation of 146 members of the Class of 2014. The Reed Campus Center is located at 40 Park Street, Easthampton.