Jan’s Legacy is a nonprofit organization currently archiving the work of Jan Cox—including his art, first edition books, unpublished papers, audio and video taped lectures—to be permanently housed in the Hargrett Rare Book Library of the University of Georgia.

The current exhibit, “Jan Cox: Continuum,” is part of this ongoing archiving project and, in addition, is designed to bring Jan’s drawings to a wider audience. For further information or questions, contact us at janslegacy@jancox.org

Jan made his original drawings on newsprint, magazine covers, on the backs of used typing and other recycled paper. He often drew them to illustrate lectures, sent them along with correspondence to his students, or tucked them into the margins of his personal notebooks. Hundreds were completed in his lifetime, but no organized effort was made to preserve them; the drawings that survived were in the hands of many different people and in various stages of deterioration, from yellowing, to moisture damage, paper tears, etc.

To preserve the inherent nuances of the markers and pens that Jan used, the surviving drawings were scanned at high resolution; then the lines were isolated from the background using Photoshop. The drawings have been reproduced on archival watercolor paper, also with archival ink, that evokes the textured quality of the originals.

The resulting restored reproductions capture the look, feel and texture of the original drawings, as the dynamic range of the pen/marker strokes, once more visible, are faithfully reproduced. In keeping with the effort to not only restore but preserve Jan’s work, all materials used to prepare, mat and mount these limited edition prints are museum quality and acid free. Each frame has been custom cut and assembled using glare free glazing to minimize reflections/glare for the best viewing experience.

Each framed piece will be numbered and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Jan’s Legacy.