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Annual Meeting & Jo White Scholarship Award Presentations

  • Plymouth Congregational Church 1900 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55403 United States (map)

(Visitors are welcome to attend to see if they would like to join our guild. For more info, please follow this link. The actual program begins at 1:00, but you are invited to join us at 12:30 for a social time during which you can visit the library table, the demo corner, the Show and Share table, and have refreshments.)

Join us for our annual meeting! Jo White Scholarship Award recipients Brenna Jordan and Erin Dung will each present on their year of study.

Erin Dung

Erin was the recipient of the Jo White Scholarship in 2018. Her presentation is on Developing Skills at IAMPETH 2018

When Pat Blair came to teach us Copperplate capital letters (2015), Erin picked up a pointed pen for the first time, and has loved it ever since. With a background that includes years of printed publication production work at a large church in the area, Erin now spends her days training clients at a software company, navigating information architecture. She has enjoyed studying layout and practicing calligraphy over the last several years, learning in the following courses:
- Uncial and Italic, with Lawrence Wheeler, at University of Portland (1998) 
- Foundational and Neuland, with Timothy Botts, at College of DuPage (2003) 
- Continuing education at MCAD, in Graphic Design and Typography (2007-2014) 
- Italic, with Judith Michalski, Minneapolis continuing education (2014)
- Spencerian Script Master Class, with Michael Sull, Minneapolis (2016) 

Erin used her Jo White Scholarship to attend the Annual Conference for IAMPETH (International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting), from August 6-11, 2018, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It furthered her knowledge in using the pointed pen, and afforded her some focused time away to learn from the following renowned calligraphers in areas of their expertise and passion: 

- Marian Gault: Beginning Copperplate (Engrossers Script)*
- Harvest Crittenden: Advanced Spencerian Lettering
- Skyler Chubak: Layout, Design, and Lettering**
- Marcus Carlini: Mills Demystified; Learning Business Writing
- Michael Ward: Signature Design

Expressing her gratitude for the scholarship and sharing what she has learned is something that Erin looks forward to at the Colleagues meeting in May 2019.


Brenna Jordan

Brenna Jordan was in junior high when she was gifted with a calligraphy kit for Christmas. Mostly self-taught from books, she first did calligraphy for herself, friends and family. Three years ago, she joined Colleagues and began to attend IAMPETH conferences. Brenna says, “I have a calligraphy business in my home now, and serve clients with their project needs. My goals for the future are to continue to improve and create, to expand my services to clients, and remain active in the Colleagues guild.” Brenna lives and works in Duluth, MN.

Brenna Jordan

Brenna Jordan

Brenna Jordan

Brenna Jordan

In 2017, Brenna studied letterforms, color, design and more with noted calligrapher/teacher, Tim Botts. This took the form of two one-on-one mentoring sessions at Tim’s studio in Glen Ellyn, IL near Chicago. Homework was assigned, completed and critiqued. Later she attended a weekend workshop with Tim, entitled “Word Pictures”. While there, Brenna and other students learned how to portray the meanings of words through the artistic expression of calligraphy.

Demo Corner:

Julian Kittelson-Aldred will put pen to paper in the Demo Corner.