UW-Stevens Point: Monoprint 2011: A Gathering of Artists

A group of 12 nationally and internationally known artists will gather at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point May 27-June 2 to create monoprints in support of the Department of Art and Design printmaking area.

During “Monoprint 2011: A Gathering of Artists,” the 12 artists will create several 15 by 22-inch monoprints with the assistance of upper-level art students. Each artist will offer two framed prints for purchase at a one-night gala sale and exhibition on Thursday, June 2, from 7–9 p.m. in the Carlsten Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Noel Fine Arts Center. The prints will be available for $275 each, with proceeds supporting the department’s programs, scholarships and equipment in the printmaking area.

The public may view the artists and students as they work throughout the week during afternoon studio hours of 1–5 p.m. The works will primarily be created in printmaking Room 183 of the Noel Fine Arts Center as well as other art classrooms. Schools are also encouraged to bring their students to learn about the art and science of printmaking from these accomplished artists, who will be available to answer questions about their process and craft.

The event is being organized by Art and Design Professor Bob Erickson, who participated in a similar event at California State University-Chico and brought the idea to UW-Stevens Point for the first time in 2009.

“The event promises to be exciting this year and hopes to build on the wonderful success of our inaugural event,” said Erickson. “In 2009 we had 12 artists from around the world come to UWSP to make prints, work with our students, educate the Midwest community about printmaking and help raise money for the printmaking area. For 2011, we have assembled a new group of artists that will bring with them a wide range of national and international experience and diverse forms of image making.”

In addition to Erickson, participating artists include Fahimeh Vahdet, Ericka Walker, Harold Boyd, Rhea Edge, Keith Wilson, Jill McKeown, Catherine Chauvin, Jamie Bertsch, Michael Barnes, Mark Breuggeman and Ina Kaur. Inspiration for their work ranges from 20th century propaganda, observations of natural forms, the transient passing of time, narratives of the subconscious, endangered and threatened wildlife to history, society and culture.

Contact Bob Erickson, rerickso@uwsp.edu or 715-346-2701, or see Monoprint 2011 for more information.