HMCT RUTH SACKNER Award for Typography and Language.

HMCT / RUTH SACKNER  Award for Typography and Language.

In the 1970s, Ruth and Marvin Sackner established the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry that focused on artists’ books, interesting typography and other works that married verbal content with images. With over 75,000 works, it is one of the largest collections of its kind.

Through a generous donation from an ArtCenter alumna of $15,000 in memory of Ruth Sackner, $5,000 will be awarded annually for three years to an ArtCenter student (or students) whose work reflects the passion and focus that was the core of the Sackner collection.

To continue Ruth’s legacy of typographic excellence, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography. Gifts may be made on-line at or by mailing a contribution to ArtCenter College of Design, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103. Please specify that your gift is for “HMCT Ruth Sackner Award” on the on-line form or check, if mailing.

For questions, please contact Amy Swain at 626.396.2427 or

View film about the Sackners produced by Sara Sackner  “Concrete” (2006)

Image of Ruth and Marvin Sackner: Charles Trainor/ Miami Herald

Recipients of the 2017 HMCT RUTH SACKNER AWARD
The inaugural award was received in September, 2017 by: Kristine Lim, Victor Artiga Rodriguez, Landi Gonzalez, Lulubi Garcia and Keith Oshiro for their group production of a book of poems by George Albon: Unlike. The book was designed, hand-set, and letterpress printed on Vancercook proof presses by the students at Archetype Press. They worked collectively using each individual’s specialty in graphic design, illustration fine art, and photography. The book was hand-bound by Alex Ascencio.

The group worked closed with the author and under the guidance of ArtCenter professors Gloria Kondrup, Dennis Phillips, and Steve Turk.