Ms. Sarah Kay McCoy

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SARAH received her B.A. from The University of Iowa in 1999 in Graphic Design and Journalism. After completing her degree she went to Austin, Texas to work as a graphic designer in a corporate design group for National Instruments.

In 2001 Sarah began graduate studies, receiving her M.A. in 2003 and M.F.A. in 2005 also from the University of Iowa in Graphic Design. Sarah also received a Graduate Certificate from The University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2006 with a concentration in Letterpress and Artists Books. She taught as a full time professor at Drake University in Art + Design, Graphic Design from 2006-2010. She continues to print in her home studio and teaches Graphic Design courses at Drake University in the Department of Art + Design as an adjunct professor.

Sarah’s work has been featured in several publications, most recently 1,000 More Greetings: Creative Correspondence for All Occasions (1000 Series), Rockport Publications and exhibitions in galleries at Viterbo University, Portland, Minneapolis, Asheville, New Haven, and Scotland. Her artist books are part of several University Libraries, such as Yale, Wesleyan, UC at Santa Barbara Davidson and The University of California Irvine Library.

She has presented her letterpress research both nationally and internationally most notable at ATYPI’s (Association Typographique Internationale) annual conference in Brighton, England entitled, “Typographic Form and the Permanence of Letterpress Type” and in an essay entitled: “Analogue Aesthetics.” “The Means by Which We Find Our Way: Observations on Design,” Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton, New Zealand, 2008. 

About the studio: 

he Permanent Collection is located in Des Moines, Iowa, established in 2007 by Sarah McCoy. It is a letterpress printing and design studio specializing in contemporary design, fine press products and vintage printing. The Permanent

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