Amos Paul Kennedy, a letterpress printer who uses print as a form of social and political education, will share both his story and his creations with University of Houston-Victoria students and community members during his visit Feb. 13 and 14. As part of the UHV Downtown Arts Series, Kennedy will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at the UHV Downtown Center for the Arts, 204 N. Main Street, says the Victoria Advocate. The event is free and open to the public.

Kennedy also will host a print workshop on the Vandercook Press, a type of press first introduced by Robert Vandercook in 1909, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at the center. Admission to the workshop is free for students and $50 for the public. The proceeds of prints sold will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Victoria.

Kennedy's presentation will be the first public event in the UHV Center for the Arts, a 5,500-square-foot facility for university courses in drawing, painting, design and the digital arts.The center was renovated in the fall and opened for spring classes on Jan. 20.

The UHV Downtown Arts Series is organized by Alexander and UHV Artist in Residence Cynthia Miller to present an array of groundbreaking art practices to the Victoria community and to stimulate a dialogue about the presence of arts. He has invited book artists, poets, printmakers, painters, and film and media artists to make presentations. Kennedy is the fourth visitor in the 2014-2015 academic year. The remaining presenters are:

• March 28 - David Abel, performer, poet, editor and fine book dealer

• April 24 - Samuel Ace, photographer, painter, filmmaker and poet

For more information about the series or to sign up for Kennedy's workshop, contact Alexander at 520-275-4330 or alexanderch@uhv.edu.