Professor Emeritus Seeks Wood Block Prints for Book

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dr. James Perkins, Westminster College distinguished professor of English emeritus, is seeking wood block prints created by local artist Nelson Oestreich.

Perkins and Oestreich are collaborating on a book that will feature Perkins' poetry and Oestreich's prints of birds.

Over his long career, Oestreich created and sold at least 37 different wood block prints containing a bird or birds, beginning with "Winter Birds" (1959) and ending with "Hummingbird" (1982).  Most of the works were limited to print runs of 10-20.  About half of the prints have been located, but the remainder are still sought.

If you have an Oestreich wood block print containing a bird or birds, please email Perkins at or call (724) 946-7347.  If your print is one that is still needed, arrangements will be made to have a digital copy created for possible inclusion in the book.  Owners of the prints will be acknowledged.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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