Bridwell Library & Perkins School of Theology Announces Lectures by French Maître d’art Didier Mutel


Dallas (SMU) — Bridwell Library of SMU Libraries and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces French Maître d’art Didier Mutel to Speak at SMU April 7 and 8, 2022. The book artist, engraver and printer Didier Mutel, who has been making books and engraved prints since 1988, is also an instructor at the Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts, Besançon, France, where he is training the next generation of engravers and book artists. Didier's dual role in the world of engraving as both a printer and a teacher has led him to think carefully about the history of engraving as well as its future.


His first talk will address the history of his atelier (founded in 1793), contextualizing its activities from 1793-present. He will further touch on the history of the artist book in France to 1991. This talk will, take place at the Smith Auditorium of the Meadows Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2022.


Using concrete examples of his work held by Bridwell Library Special Collections, Mutel’s second talk will address the production of artist books in his own studio practice – a practice which, since 1988, has sought to redefine the parameters of printmaking and artist books, incorporating historical perspective and awareness with modern-day technique and forward-looking methodology. This talk will take place in the Blue Room of Bridwell Library from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022.


For more information, contact Bridwell Library’s Assistant to the Director, Michelle Ried, 214–768–3483 or For more information about Bridwell Library:, 214–768–1866.


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