Donald Jackson Comes to Tennessee

The Nashville Calligraphers Guild has coordinated an amazing workshop opportunity with renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson. This is a rare opportunity to both view the St. John’s Bible and hear Jackson himself describe the experience of creating it. Further, he will lead a hands-on demonstration during the weekend. See below for the formal event description and the link for registration.



Registration is now open for the Donald Jackson events at Carson-Newman University. The link below takes you directly to the information and registration page on Carson-Newman’s web site.

The opening reception for the permanent exhibit of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible will be held on Thursday evening, October 6, 2016. Friday, October 7, will feature break-out sessions as well as time to view and study the volumes of the Bible. Saturday, October 8, will feature a full-day session led by Donald Jackson where he will talk about the Bible project, how it came to be, the processes for the completion of the volumes, the tools used, and the challenges of the project. He will also lead the group in analyzing a calligraphic hand and will lead the hands-on portion of the workshop where participants will do lettering with both broad-edge markers and will actual quills on vellum. Price for the Saturday session also includes buffet lunch, morning and afternoon break refreshments, as well as many of the supplies that will be used in the workshop.

Carson-Newman University is located in east Tennessee, near Knoxville. The Saturday session will be limited seating with pre-registration required.

If you wish to attend,you should register sooner rather than later as all 100 seats are expected to fill.



  1. In Edmonton, Alberta,Canada we will also be looking at the Heritage Edition of the Gospels /Acts on these dates, but no Donald Jackson, apparently! This is the project we have chosen for our 30th anniversary celebration and we are collaborating with the City of Edmonton Archives and the Art Gallery of Alberta in this endeavor. We are offering free tickets to the residents of Edmonton and our members to 1/2 hour viewings of the volume. The discussion will be led by Dr. Helen Kominek of St. Mary’s University in Calgary.

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