Highlights from the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering

John Stevens, Alphabet, 1984
John Stevens, Alphabet, 1984
Courtesy Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering, SFPL

JOHN STEVENS, CALLIGRAPHER, began his career in the 1980s. He is acclaimed as one of the most gifted and original lettering artists of the current generation, renowned for his skill with both pen and brush. As calligrapher, designer of logotypes and illustrator of expressive letterforms, Stevens has worked for well known clients in book and magazine publishing, television and film, corporations and educational institutions. In addition to the graphics application of his work, Stevens practices calligraphy as an art form, producing one-of-a-kind commissioned works which are included in many private and public collections throughout the world. His work is well represented in books and other publications and has been shown in group and solo exhibitions, notably his first one-person exhibition, in 1987, at the San Francisco Public Library. Stevens's work is one of the highlights of the Harrison Collection of Calligraphy & Lettering in the Book Arts & Special Collections Center, San Francisco Public Library.

For a wonderful introduction to the lettering artists and calligraphers to be found here, read John Prestianni's essay "A Scribe's Treasure: Calligraphy in the San Francisco Public Library." The Harrison Collection is open to everyone without appointment. Come visit!

And no matter what level you're at--novice or advanced--hands-on calligraphy courses and workshops are offered year round by the Friends of Calligraphy at Ft. Mason Center.