October 22, 2014
The practice of printmaking over the last decades is no longer considered the poor cousin to painting, sculpting, or photography but is coming out of the shadow as an individual art form. In fact, creating prints offers a wide range of approaches and techniques that are both demanding and stimulating, stretching artistic explorations and processes. In conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Collecting: Contemporary Prints from the Risa Gerrig Collection, the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst invited Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin, and Mikael Petraccia to discuss contemporary approaches to printmaking.
Lyell Castonguay, large scale printer and director of the print collective BIG INK, works with very large scale woodcuts. His influences include Antonio Frasconi, Leonard Baskin, Bruce Waldman, and Christopher Hartshorne, among others.
Liz Chalfin, director and resident artist at
non-toxic Zea Mays Printmaking Studio, conducts workshops and teaches safe printmaking practices. She has been visiting artist in the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, Bowdoin College, San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, among others and was juror of the 86th Annual Honolulu Printmakers' exhibition.
Mikael Petraccia teaches Digital Intaglio,
Digital Print Processes and Media, Silkscreen, and Master Printer, a multi-disciplinary print class at
the Art Department at UMass Amherst. His work
was recently shown at the APE Gallery in Northampton, MA.
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