Welcome to the Robert R. Reid Award and Medal
The Robert R. Reid Award and Medal is given by The Alcuin Society on an occasional basis to recognize lifetime achievement or extraordinary contributions to the Book Arts in Canada.
The inaugural award was presented to Robert R. Reid at the Reidfest celebration
on Friday, November 16, 2007 at SFU Harbour Centre.
In the introduction to his book Fraser Mines Vindicated (1949), Robert R. Reid wrote “There is another element, personality, without which a book is lost. It results from the designer imparting something of himself—his love for fine books, his consequent sincerity of purpose, his grasp of the elementals of the printing craft—into his books”. p.v.
This quotation encompasses the spirit of book arts which the Robert R. Reid celebrates. In 2011, Robert Chaplin completed a spectacular medallion fitting for the recipients of this award. About the award, Robert Chaplin writes:
The design was carved by my hand then cast in bronze at the studio of my colleague Jess Sarber. After the medals were cast, each one was hand finished by me. This work was completed in an edition of 25 with 5 artists proofs.
Regarding the revelatory and concealing power of books, it seemed most fitting, to encase each medal in this manner. Within this context the medal becomes a dimensional illustration, and since I've taken to publication as an act of contemporary art, it would be reasonable to assign an ISBN to this project. The book itself consists of an essay written by Yosef Wosk, regarding the value of a life spent in creation. The typography was designed electronically, burned into polymer plates, then printed and bound at Black Stone Press. A purpose built and published work to simultaneously protect and reveal a lifetime of excellence.
On behalf of the Alcuin Society, we thank Robert Chaplin for the design of this award, and we trust it will be cherished by all who receive it.
||Robert R. Reid [Biography]
Robert received the inaugural honour at Reidfest November 16, 2007; the medal was presented at the Alcuin AGM in Vancouver June 13, 2011
||Frank Newfeld [wikipedia]
Presented on October 3, 2011 at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto
||Jim Rimmer [wikipedia]
Presented to the Rimmer family at the SFU Library/ Alcuin Society talk on October 21, 2011
||Glenn Goluska [blog
Presented at a private ceremony in Montreal in the spring of 2011
|2012||Stan Bevington [blog
Presented March 30, 2012 in Vancouver
|2013||William Rueter RCA MGDC
Presented March 21, 2013 in Vancouver