Chris Fritton is the former Studio Director of the Western New York Book Arts Center. A poet, printer, and fine artist, Fritton has over a decade of experience writing, printing, and making his own books, in addition to collaborative efforts with other authors and artists. Recently (2014) he was selected as a panelist to judge the New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship in Drawing, Printmaking, and Book Arts. He co-founded the highly-acclaimed Buffalo Small Press Book Fair with Kevin Thurston in 2007, and organized the fair solo from 2009-2016 (the Fair wrapped up in its 10th year). Currently Fritton is working on a brand new project called The Itinerant Printer, where he plans to visit over 130 letterpress print shops throughout 2015-2017.
As a former designer and printer for Mohawk Press at the Western New York Book Arts Center, Fritton was lucky enough to create gig posters for dozens of bands, including Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee, Dead Kennedys, Bonnie Prince Billy, Okkervil River, Wu Tang Clan, Ice Cube, Rasputina, Deerhoof, of Montreal, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, GWAR, First Aid Kit, Tegan and Sara, as well as international events like the World Maker Faire. He has also had the good fortune to make work for artists like the eccentric Crispin Hellion Glover.
Fritton has collaborated directly with influential American artist Richard Tuttle, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Dennis, esteemed printer Amos P. Kennedy Jr., and renowned type designer Richard Kegler. His books are in various collections throughout the U.S. including The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Fleet Library Special Collections at the Rhode Island School of Design, The Poetry Collection SUNY at Buffalo, University of Wisconsin at Madison Rare Books Collection, Special Collections at Harvard Library, and the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection.
He has been an artist-in-residence at AS220 in Providence, RI and an instructor/visiting artist at numerous institutions, including the Penland School of Crafts, RISD, MICA, and VCU. He holds a BA in Philosophy (1998), a BA in Poetics (2000), and a BA in Art History (2010) from SUNY at Buffalo, as well as an MA in Poetics from the University of Maine at Orono (2005).