In October I was invited to MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) as a visiting artist for this first Monothon event. During this event the artists have 1 week to create as many monoprints/prints as possible. We were each given an assistant (thank you Malia Spellman!) and had technical support if needed. Additionally we had a large supply of RiverPoint Paper to use, and were invited to give critiques and lectures. It was amazing–thank you to all the students, Matt Presutti, Rina Yoon, and Bob Erickson for all your help and hard work in making this happen.
In the past several weeks I have been interning/working at Cave Paper, located in Minneapolis, MN with Amanda Degener. This small paper studio produces specialty paper, made by hand. This paper is primarily used by artists (especially book artists and binders), and designers. I have been involved in all the basic steps in making paper. The images below are from some rag paper I recently finished, created from rag and blue jeans (hence the color).
This year I have participated in two exchanges so far. Women, Memory and Psychological Scapes was organized by Heather Leier and Meghan Pohlod, for the 2018 Southern Graphics Council International conference “Altered Landscapes”. There were 16 participants, with an assortment of techniques utilized. These women did a great job organizing the exchange, but also for the prints’ exhibition in several other venues!
Bastion was the second exchange, in which I created Innate Dual. This was an exchange I organized with my Intermediate Printmaking Students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, perhaps the last printmaking exchange to take place in the Art & Design Department’s printmaking area. There was no theme and photopolymer had to be used. 11 students and myself participated, with one set going into the Print Archive. The students came up with the name Bastion, meaning a fortification, or an institution, person or place upholding particular beliefs or activities.
My work is wrapping up its exhibition in the René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking Exhibition 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. I found a short article highlighting the show: http://www.heritage-kbf.be/news/graphic-arts-prize-winners-rene-carcan-fund. I was awarded 2nd Mention (3rd Place)!
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Very very happy to share the news of being awarded 2nd Mention (3rd Place) in the René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking 2018 Edition!! My work and the others selected for the 2018 Edition are exhibiting for three months at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana in Brussels, Belgium from February 15th – May 15th. You can view selected and prize-winning works here. In addition to being an exhibition space, the Bibliotheca Wittockiana is also a wonderful Bookbinding Museum and library. I was in Brussels last year in 2017 and visited the museum—it was such a pleasure to view their collection. The guide who greeted us gave us a personal tour, was friendly and knowledgable.
Thank you to all the students, faculty members and staff for inviting me to McMaster University. I had a wonderful time and felt very welcome. It was a pleasure to be there.
I have been invited as a visiting artist to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario Canada for November 9th and 10th. My visit will include a lecture about my work and personal critiques with senior students. I am very excited for this visit and to see what their students are producing in contemporary printmaking.