Brad Vetter

Graphic Designer and Letterpress Printer

Louisville, KY

Professional Experience

2015–present, Freelance Designer & Printer, Louisville, KY

2012–2015, Freelance Designer & Printer, DeKalb, IL

2015, Northern Illinois University Dept. of Visual Communication, Adjunct Professor, DeKalb, IL  

2013, Spudnik Press, Instructor, Chicago, IL

2005–2012, Hatch Show Print, Designer/Printer/Instructor, Nashville, TN

2005–2007, Powerhouse Factories, Freelance Designer, Cincinnati, OH

2004, Hatch Show Print, Intern/Printer/Designer, Nashville, TN

2004, Revolution Art and Design, Intern/Printer/Designer, Knoxville, TN


Wells Book Arts Summer Institute, Wells College, Aurora, NY 2016

Northern Illinois University, SEEK Design Conference workshop, DeKalb, IL 2014

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Hamilton Wayzgoose workshop, Two Rivers, WI 2014

MATC, Pressure Printing workshop, Madison, WI 2014

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, APA workshop, Two Rivers, WI 2014

UW Milwaukee, Letterpress Demo with AIGA, Milwaukee, WI 2014

Baltimore Print Studios, Alternative Letterpress Printing, Baltimore, MD, 2013

Miami University Curmudgeon Press, Pressure Printing Workshop/ Modular Typography Workshop, Oxford,OH  2013

Printers Ball at Spudnik Press  Experimental Letterpress Printing Demo, Chicago,IL 2013

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Holiday Printing Workshop, Two Rivers, WI 2012

Evanston Print and Paper Shop, Posters That Rock, Evanston, IL 2012

Wayzgoose 2011, with Jim Sherraden, Poster Demo, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Two Rivers, WI 2011

Paw Print Press, University School Nashville, Intro to Platen Press Letterpress Demo, Nashville, TN 2011

Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Experimental Letterpress Workshop, Two Rivers, WI 2010

Middle Tennessee State University, Artist-in-Residence Modular Type Workshop, Murfreesboro, TN 2010

Middle Tennessee State University, Letterpress Pressure Printing Workshop, Murfreesboro, TN 2009

Mississippi State University, Hatch Show Print Workshop, Starkville, MS 2009

Hatch Show Print Workshop, assistant, AIGA National Conference, Hatch Show Print, Middle Tennessee State University, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Washington University, University of Texas-Austin, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Austin Peay State University, Memphis College of Art

Panels and Lectures

End of Times Letterpress Panel, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN 2012

'About Face' A Letterpress Typography Symposium, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO 2010

Chuck Close: Process and Collaboration, Audio interview, Frist Center, Nashville, TN 2009

AIGA Dish Student Design Conference, Nashville, TN 2008

Western Kentucky University, Anderson University, Middle Tennessee State University, Miami University, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Northern Illinois University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Longwood University, Texas Tech, School of Visual Concepts, Fresno State, University of Texas Arlington

Solo/Duo Exhibitions

B-RAD!: New Directions in Letterpress, CASP, Lubbock, TX 2016

Brad Vetter: Show Posters, The Aesthetic Union, San Francisco, CA 2014

Making It: Posters, Prints and Process, Hiestand Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, OH 2013

Proceed with Cautious Optimism, Cannon County Art Center, Woodbury, TN 2012

From This Point On, Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN 2011

Not Like The Other, with Laura Baisden, Crema,  Nashville TN 2011

What Could Have Been, Will Never Be, Nashville’s Smallest Art Gallery, Nashville, TN 2010

Recollection, with Adrienne Miller, The Infantree Gallery, Lancaster, PA 2010

It’s Just A Poster, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY 2010

The Show Posters of Brad Vetter, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Two Rivers, WI 2009

Select Group Exhibitions

Letterpress Aficionados, Texas A&M VisCom Gallery, Dallas, TX 2016

Ode to Letters,  Engine, Biddeford, ME 2016

Slinging Ink, Chartreuse Gallery, Phoenix, AZ 2016

The Art of Letterpress II, Compound Gallery, Oakland, CA 2014

The National Poster Retrospecticus, Traveling Exhibition 2014

Printed Matter, Todd Art Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 2013

The Show Poster, Poster Show, Gallery 214, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 2013

Endpapers, Northbranch Projects, Chicago, IL 2013

Endpapers, BackSpace Collaborative, Peoria, IL 2013

Bike Print MKE, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Southern Graphics Conference, Milwaukee, WI 2013

Outpost, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Chicago, IL 2012

Modular 22, Twenty Two Berwyn, Berwyn, IL 2012

The National Poster Retrospecticus, Lincoln Arts Project, Boston, MA 2012

Pulled: Evidence of a Print Community, Case[werks] gallery, Baltimore, MD 2012

Beyond Language, Asheville Bookworks, Asheville, NC 2012

End of Times, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN 2012

Type Impressions, Danish Museum of Media, Odense, Denmark 2011

Wood Type, Evolved, Columbia College CBPA, Chicago, IL 2011

All Together Now, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 2011

Haiti Poster Project, curated by Leif Steiner and Josh Higgins 2010

Pressed, Denver Pavilions, Denver, CO 2010

4th Annual 6X6 Show, The Infantree Gallery, Lancaster, PA 2010

Show Poster, Poster Show, LUX Center, Lincoln, NE 2010

Paper Cuts, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA 2010

The Nashville Poster Project, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 2010

Artcrank, Atomic Cowboy, Saint Louis, MO 2010

Copy Jam2, Printers Ball, The Luddington Building, Chicago, IL 2010

Reverting to Type, Standpoint Gallery, London, UK 2010

Wilco Poster Retrospective, Mass MOCA, Boston, MA 2010

Type, Family Wash, Nashville, TN 2009

Contents Under Pressure: The Contemporary Letterpress Poster, Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX 2009

Telling A Story, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN 2009

American Artifact, Hiro Ballroom, New York City, NY  2009

Impressed by Design, Letterpress in the Heartland, Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, MO  2009

Loveland Feed and Grain Show, Loveland, CO 2008

Biannual Nashville Print and Poster Show, Ruby Green Gallery, Nashville, TN 2008

Americana Music Conference, Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN 2007

Tennessee Letterpress, Austin Peay State University Downtown Gallery, Clarksville, TN 2007

Sound In Print, The Art of Contemporary Music Posters, MTSU Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN 2007

Hurricane Poster Project, curated by Leif Steiner and Josh Higgins 2005

Hatch Show Print, Kennedy Center, Washington DC 2005

Graphic Noise, Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta, GA 2005


Uppercase Magazine #25, April 2015

Low-Tech Print: Contemporary Hand-Made Printing, Casper Williamson, 2013

Gig Posters Volume 2, Clay Hayes, 2011

Wood Type, Evolved exhibition catalog, April Sheriden & Nick Sherman, 2011

1,000 Music Graphics, Stoltze Design, 2010

Box Bottle Bag, Andrew Gibbs, 2010

Tennessean, Letterpress Enjoys Creative Revival, July 2012

Nashville Scene, Kiss Die Cut, April 2012

Nashville Scene, From This Point On (Review/Critic’s Pick) June 2011

IDN Magazine, The Semiotics of Illustration, February 2008

New Vintage Type, Gail Anderson & Steven Heller, 2007

Step, Keeping the Beat, Jan/Feb 2007

How Magazine, History in the Making, February 2006

Select Online Recognition

AIGA: Design Envy 2013

Collective Magazine: Making It- Brad Vetter 2013

Design Work Life: Brad Vetter Letterpress Prints 2011

NotPaper: Artist Interview 2011

Felt & Wire: Hand-crafted Collaboration 2009

Etsy: The Stourque, Emerging Artist You Ought to Know 2009

Conferences Attended

SEEK Design Conference, DeKalb, IL 2013, 2014

Mid America Print Council, Louisville, KY 2016

Wayzgoose, Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Two Rivers WI 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

SGC Southern Graphics Conference 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

AIGA Make/Think, Memphis TN 2010           

AIGA Dish Design Conference, Nashville, TN 2009

Awards and Recognition

The Show: design award, Louisville AIGA, Louisville, KY 2015

Gold Addy Award: invitations/announcements, American Advertising Federation Nashville 2012

Museum Exhibition Poster Award, American Association of Museums, Smithsonian Institute of Traveling Exhibitions 2009

Gallery Walk Award, 43rd Annual Student Competition, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, Western Kentucky University 2003

Select Client List

Nike, Fossil, Anthropologie, Ryman Auditorium, Penguin Books, Texas Tourism, Domtar Paper, AARP Magazine, Head Snowboards, Lost Highway Records, Garden & Gun Magazine, Bite Hard Cider, Kickstand Productions, Signal Ridge Vineyard, Trinchero Family Estates, Fatz Cafe