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The Female Forme

 Collection — Folder: 1-2
Identifier: CSC-0161

Scope and Contents

The collection conatains one over size folder with thirteen 50x70 cm prints from the 2022 Solo Exhibition "The Female Forme", JTS Library, New York. Each print shows in red the Hebrew or Yiddish name of a Jewish women printer who worked in East Europe and Constantinople around the 15–19th centuries. The first name is set in bigger letters than the family name below it. The circular red text at the left is a part of the Hebrew Proverbs 31:13 "She works willingly with her hands", ותעש בחפץ כפיה. The single blue letter at the bottom right of each print composes this Hebrew sentence when all the prints are set one next to the other from right to left, the Hebrew language reading direction.

The second folder is conatains ephemera:

2013 Exhibition brochure, "Language Comes After Artist, The work of Lynne Avadenka", Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, 305x150mm.

2016 Exhibition brochure, "How a poem begins, Lynne Avadenka and the poet Rahel", Yeshiva University Museum, New York, New York, 2016, 230x177mm.

2022 letterpres print with a quate from Genesis 8:22 "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night", 210x120m.


  • Creation: 2021

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Lynne Avadenka is an American artist/printmaker known for her works that explore text and image, the physical and philosophical idea of the book, and the mystery and beauty of visual language. Her artist’s books and mixed media works have addressed the role of women from antiquity to contemporary times, classic and contemporary literary texts, as well as the shared origins of Jewish and Islamic cultures, and can be found in numerous international collections, including the Library of Congress, The Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The British Library and The Israel Museum. Among her awards are individual artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs; a 2019 Research Award, Hadassah Brandeis Institute, a 2018 Residency, Beit Venezia, Venice Italy; a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship. She will be Artist in Residence at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection of the Rochester Institute of Technology in the summer of 2021 and her work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York in 2022. Avadenka currently serves as the Director of Signal-Return, a traditional letterpress print shop and community arts center in Detroit, Michigan.


2 Folder(s)






Portfolio of prints made by Lynne Avadenka at RIT in Summer 2021. The prints were made using the vintage metal and wood type from the Cary Graphic Arts Collection.


The collection conatains one OV folder with 13 prints and one letter size folder with ephemera.

Physical Location

Cary Collection file drawer 7.9.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to RIT Archive Collections by Lynne Avadenka in Summer 2021.

Accession number: cc2022:001

Related Materials

The Richard Rockford Hebrew Wood Type collection CSC-0151

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Mo Lebowitz collection CSC-0028

Processing Information

Processored by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel and Shani Avni in January 2022.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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