Visiting Artist Series

The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology
and the Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law

Bernard Maisner

September 13, 2010
11:45 A.M-1:00 P.M

Lewis Center, Room 805
25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

Visiting Artist Bernard Maisner, internationally renowned artist, calligrapher and fine stationer, will discuss legal issues impacting him as an artist and small businessman with Professor Margit Livingston. He will share his experiences in the rarified world of calligraphy and fine engraved stationery, in which a few highly skilled and talented practitioners of this ancient and beautiful art compete for clients and recognition in both the custom and retail worlds. He will comment on the specific legal challenges that he has faced, including copyright and business organization matters.

**Lunch will be served.**

DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider.
This program has been approved for 1 hour of CLE credit.


General registration is $25 for the 1 hour CLE discussion. For DePaul students, faculty, and staff, the event is free, but registration is required.

Students, faculty and staff should email Cecelia Story at to register.
Please click here for paid registration.

Featured Speaker:

Bernard Maisner is an internationally renowned master calligrapher and stationer. His name is synonymous with luxury and the most high-profile society events and special occasions. With more than 30 years experience, Maisner's custom calligraphy is instantly recognizable and his stationery sets are unparalleled worldwide.

Maisner is also a contemporary artist whose paintings are exhibited in galleries and museums nationally. He brings his talents as an artist to all aspects of stationery. The signature Maisner Script is a masterful modernized blend of Spencerian and Copperplate writing with intricate flourishes and beautiful letterforms. The International Collection of Italian, French and Americana styles infuse elements of writing from different countries and eras; the Italian style was originally created for the fashion designer Valentino.

In 2000, Maisner began his foray into social calligraphy, creating elaborately embellished styles of writing for wedding stationery, party and event invitations, placecards, custom menu cards, and personal stationery. Hailed by W magazine as "the New York calligrapher" and by Town & Country Weddings as a "renowned virtuoso," he set a new and entirely unique standard for the world of social stationery and calligraphy.

Bernard Maisner graduated from The Cooper Union College of Art in New York City. He is regarded as a prominent medieval scholar and expert in the art of medieval manuscript gold illumination techniques and a historian of letterforms. He has lectured and taught at the Pierpont Morgan Library, The Cloisters Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum.

Maisner's creative hand lettering has been commissioned by major advertising agencies, retail, publishing and recording companies. His clientele includes Saab, Microsoft, Clairol, AT&T, American Express, IBM, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Ralph Lauren, and Valentino. He created the Spiegel logo, Revlon's "Revolutionary" campaign logo and lettered record albums for Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow and Mick Jagger. Maisner's work has also been featured in window installations at Tiffany's, NY, and in the holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman, NY.

Maisner’s calligraphy has been featured in The New York Times, In Style, Harpers Bazaar, Elegant Bride, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Bride’s, W, Gotham, Veranda, House & Garden, O, Quest, Southern Living Weddings, and Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens, Weddings of Style, Fete Accompli!, The Ultimate Guide to Creative Entertaining, and The Perfect Wedding Reception. He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living, and A&E’s The American Wedding as the expert authority on social calligraphy.

Maisner is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and frequently works for the film industry writing live-on-camera and creating written document props. His hand and work has appeared in The Age of Innocence, Sleepy Hollow, Finding Forrester, Gangs of New York, P.S. I Love You, and Sherlock Holmes.

Accompanied by:

Margit Livingston, Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

For more information about this event, please contact Vadim Shifrin, Assistant Director of CIPLIT, at or (312) 362-8415.



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