Guide to the Visual Studies Workshop collection M2088

Gurudarshan Khalsa
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Visual Studies Workshop collection
source: Andrew Cahan. Bookseller
Identifier/Call Number: M2088
Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet (1 manuscript storage box, 7 flat boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1969-2011

Content Description

This collection consists of an extensive collection of ephemera (103 pieces) related to the early years of the Visual Studies Workshop, over 150 original silver photographs, silkscreen prints, offset lithographic prints, xerographic prints, and photo etching from students and faculty.
The ephemera includess flyers, catalogs, class and workshop schedules, and other materials.

Biographical / Historical

The Visual Studies Workshop is a non-profit organization in Rochester, New York focused on art education. It was founded in 1969 by Nathan Lyons. In 1971 Joan Lyons established the Visual Studies Workshop Press, one of the few institutional publishers of artists' books in the United States. The VSW supports creators of images through education, publications, exhibitions, residencies, and collections.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual & born-digital materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Visual Studies Workshop collection (M2088). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, California.


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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Visual education
Photography -- United States -- 20th century
Photography, Artistic.
Andrew Cahan. Bookseller

Box 1, Folder 1

Ephemera 1979-1981

Box 1, Folder 2

Ephemera 1972-2000

Box 1, Folder 3

Flyers and catalogs 1977-1993

Box 1, Folder 4

Flyers, catalogs and schedules 1978-1993

Box 1, Folder 5

Keith A. Smith book catalog 1986

Box 1, Folder 6

Kevin Osborn booklet 1977

Box 1, Folder 7

Bibliography and Visual Studies Workshop alumni list

Box 1, Folder 8

Etchings 74

Box 1, Folder 9

Nancy Gonchar artwork

Box 2, Folder 1

The new expanded book of love, Levi Strauss 1976

Box 2, Folder 2

Exzéo, Sylvain Cousineau and Francis Coutellier 1975

Box 2, Folder 3

Miscellaneous prints

Scope and Contents

Laurie Seniuk, Gary Enloe, John Carnell, John Gintoff, Debi Schafer, Marcia Goldner, Mark Harper, Jennifer Lynn, Michael Becotte, William Larson, Carol Small, and Anthony Lauro.
Box 3

Portfolio Project 1974

Box 4, Folder 1

Work by Ann Beach 1975

Box 4, Folder 2

Work by Michael Wesselink

Box 4, Folder 3

Miscellaneous works

Scope and Contents

Includes Scott Hyde, Syl Labrot, Joan Lyons, Todd Walker, Tony Petracca and Cynthia Marsh.
Box 4, Folder 4


Box 4, Folder 5


Box 4, Folder 6


Box 5, Folder 1

Only 9 more years... calendar

Box 5, Folder 2

1972 imprint published by the Loft Press at the Visual Studies Workshop

Box 5, Folder 3

12 screenless lithographs : printed at the Visual Studies Workshop 1973

Box 5, Folder 4


Box 5, Folder 5


Box 6, Folder 1

Works by Eileen Cowin and others

Box 6, Folder 2

Works by Bea Nettles and others 1973-1974

Box 6, Folder 3

Works by Michael Bishop, Joan Lyons and Robert Fichter 1974

Box 6, Folder 4

Works by Joan Lyons and Katherine Tweedie 1968-1975

Box 6, Folder 5

Works by Barbara Wilson and others 1974-1979

Box 6, Folder 6

Works by Brent Sikkema, Richard Link and others 1971-1976

Box 6, Folder 7

Works by A.P. and Barbara Wilson 1972-1973

Box 6, Folder 8

Works by Brent Sikkema and Joel Swartz 1972-1973

Box 7, Folder 1

Works by Barbara Wilson

Box 7, Folder 2

Art works

Box 7, Folder 3

Visual Studies Workshop class and workshop posters

Box 7, Folder 4

Works by Barbara Wilson and others

Box 7, Folder 5

Works by Joan Lyons and others

Box 7, Folder 6

Art works

Box 7, Folder 7


Box 8, Folder 1

Works by John Wood, James Hunter and others

Box 8, Folder 2


Box 8, Folder 3


Box 8, Folder 4

Work by Barbara Wilson

Box 8, Folder 5

Art works

Box 8, Folder 6

Posters and art work