Print Summit 2010

Kevin Bowman - demonstrator

Born and raised in Hartford City, Indiana, Kevin Bowman received his BFA in Printmaking from Ball State University in 1994 followed by an MFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 2002.  He has been living and working in Visalia, California since 2002 where he is an adjunct instructor in printmaking, drawing and foundations at College of the Sequoias.  Since 2006, he has been the director and curator of Arts Visalia, a non-profit community art center serving central California.  His prints and paintings have been shown in over forty solo and group exhibitions and is a part of a number of public and private collections throughout the United States.

 

 

Bill Fick - panelist and co-curator

Bill Fick is a printmaker who lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is the founder/director of Cockeyed Press a studio specializing in the production of linocut prints, ephemera and small books. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. Over the past 20 years he has exhibited his prints nationally and internationally and has taught at many institutions across the United States including the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill and Greensboro), Pratt Institute and Rutgers University. Fick’s work can be found in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; The New York Public Library and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. In 1993 Fick was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and in 1995 a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship. Fick is also co-author with Beth Grabowski of Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes published by Laurence King Publishing, London and Prentice Hall, USA.

John D. Gall- lecturer

John Gall lives and works in Jamestown, NC (Greensboro area) and has been creating and editioning prints for almost 20 years.  John entered Guilford College (1989-1992) as a painter and left as a printmaker.  After Guilford he established his studio, Avonwood Press, where he specializes in creating and publishing intaglio and relief prints.  In the past he has taught printmaking at Guilford College and will teach again this fall, as a part-time Lecturer in Art.  John has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in many public and private collections, including the University of Dallas, Perdue University, Arizona State University, Guilford College, Capital Bank, and Kerr Drugs to name a few.  Recent solo exhibitions include Fables and Fantasy at Adam Cave Fine Art (RDU) and the University of West Georgia.   Other recent select group shows include the 20th National Print Invitational (University of Dallas), 2010 Sixty Square Inches Biennial (Perdue University), and the 2010 Delta National Small Works Exhibition (Arkansas State University).  In 2010 Gall had the honor of curating a national print invitational, The Print Fantastic, in High Point, NC.

 

 

Oscar Gillespie - demonstrator

Oscar Gillespie is a Professor in the Department of Art at Bradley University, Peoria, IL where he also serves as Director and Printer for Cradle Oak Press. He is noted for his expertise in monotypes and in intaglio, especially metal-plate engravings. His work has been included in more than 300 solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions. His prints and drawings may be found in more than 2000 private and public collections, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA; the Lauren Rogers Museum, Laurel, MI; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; the New York Public Library, NY; Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Australia; National Museum of Posnan, Poland; and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France.

Jonathon Goebel- demonstrator

 

Jonathon Goebel received his M.F.A. from Texas Tech University and his B.S. in Art from the University of Southern Indiana.   He is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Studio Art at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  He has received several awards for his artistic works and participated in numerous juried, national and international exhibitions, invitational exhibits, solo-exhibitions, portfolios, workshops, and he is included in numerous private and public collections.  Jonathon also serves on the Executive Board of the Southern Graphics Council and is confounder of the Bastards of Printmaking Society.

Beth Grabowski - panelist and co-curator

Beth Grabowski is Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A member of the faculty since 1985, she has been recognized for her excellence in undergraduate teaching with a Johnston Award in 1993 and a Bowman and Gordon Gray professorship from 1994 to 1997. Professor Grabowski teaches a variety of classes in the department, including studio courses in drawing, design, book arts and printmaking.

Grabowski travels frequently as a guest artist / speaker, giving lectures and workshops. She has been actively involved in the Southern Graphics Council, the largest professional organization for print artists, serving as its vice president from 1994-1997. Grabowski has authored two books on printmaking, the most recent co-authored with Bill Fick is titled Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes, (2009 Laurence King).

Professor Grabowski holds a B.A. with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. She has received three North Carolina Arts Council Awards. Her work has been represented widely in national and international venues including the American segment of the 5th Biennial of Slovene Graphic Arts in Novo Mesto, Slovenia in 1999. Professor Grabowski's prints, drawings, and artist books are included in numerous public and private collections.

Beth Grabowski's art explores aspects of identity and relationship experienced from the perspective of motherhood. Issues such as nurturance, sentimentality, expectation, domestic labor, familial hierarchy and family narrative motivate her work. The work frequently exists as a documentation of the process of familial relationship through collaborative works. Her most recent works have utilized the detritus of family life to reflect on these issues.

 

Nicole Hand- visiting artist

Nicole Hand is currently a Full Professor of Art at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky where she teaches printmaking, bookbinding and drawing. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 200 solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include Varied Voices, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, Delta National Print Exhibition, North America Print Biennial, Color Print USA, and Parkside National Small Print Exhibition.  She has given lectures and workshops in over twenty venues including Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Arkansas State University, The University of Arizona, University of Texas at Arlington, Ohio University, University of South Dakota, Arkansas State University and The University of Kentucky, Lexington. The Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee and The Heike Pickett Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky represents Nicole's work.  She received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Miami, and a BFA from the University of South Dakota. Nicole lives in Almo, Kentucky with her husband Jim Bryant and daughter Ella.

Karen Kunc- lecturer

 In her prints and artist books, Karen Kunc explores inventive color abstractions of the natural and human-fashioned world, creating visual impact, tensions, and ideas of strange beauty.  Kunc is a Nebraska based artist who also works in New York, Italy, Colorado, and Helsinki. Her prints and artist books have been shown recently in solo exhibitions at: The Huntington Museum of Art; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; The Leedy Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City; Piano Nobile Gallery, Krakow, Poland; Salo Art Museum, Finland; Minia University, Egypt.   Her work has been included in numerous important group exhibitions, including: The Abstract Impulse, National Academy Museum, New York;  5th International Triennial of Graphic Art 2007, Prague, Czech Republic; Book as Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Sublime Present, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan. Kunc's works are represented in many public and private collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art (NY); the Library of Congress; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Honolulu Academy of Art.

 Karen Kunc was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1952.  She received her BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1975, and her MFA from Ohio State University in 1977.  She is a Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she has taught since 1983.  Her recognitions include: the 2007 Printmaker Emeritus Award from the Southern Graphics Council International; a Fulbright Scholar Award, 1996; Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, 1996 & 1984; Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Master Award, 1992; Individual Artist Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council, 1982.  She has taught numerous workshops around the world and served as a visiting artist to over 100 institutions. She has curated exhibitions of American art for Finland, France, Egypt, and frequently serves as a juror for national competitions.

 

Michael Loderstedt- demonstrator

 Michael Loderstedt has been making original prints for over 30 years primarily in serigraphy, but also intaglio, relief and photo-collagraphs. He is currently the graduate coordinator and Associate Professor of Printmaking at Kent State University. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the International Print Center in New York, the Kulturrathaus and Alte Feuerwache Galerie in Dresden, Germany, and as part of Portrait 100 in Hellerau, Germany where he created an installation of cut, folded and printed paper houses based on architecturally significant homes during the centennial anniversary of this German “garden city”. He has completed international residencies at both the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and the Grafikwerstatt in Dresden, Germany. His work in contained in the public and private collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Akron Art Museum, the Kupferstich Kabinett in Dresden, Progressive Insurance and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Scott Ludwig- demonstrator

Scott Ludwig is a visual artist and Area Coordinator of Printmaking in the Art Department at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Ohio University.  

His experience and technical interests are wide-ranging and his conception of the medium embraces a contemporary interpretation of form and process. Using a vast array of current, low-toxic, intaglio methods, including acrylic resists, photopolymer gravure, and digital applications, his creative research explores the convergence of various media, extending beyond works on paper and into sculptural and installation-oriented forms. 

Ludwig actively exhibits his work both nationally and internationally. Over the past several years, he has received numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to Turkey in 1999.  Recent awards have funded research and travel to China, Scotland, Cuba, Turkey, Canada, the Barrier Islands of Southern Louisiana, and Death Valley/The Great Basin in the Western U.S.  In 2009/2010, he was selected for visiting artist residencies at Beijing Studio Center in China, Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, and Goldwell Open Air Museum in Beatty, Nevada. In the fall of 2010, he will be hosted by Delaware State University as an Artist in Residence, which will feature a solo exhibition of his recent work entitled, Versus/Traverses.

Matt Rebholz- panelist and co-curator

Matt Rebholz received a M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000.  His work has recently been seen in exhibitions at The Front Gallery in New Orleans, Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA, the S.N.A.P. Gallery in Edmonton, Canada, Space 1026 in Philadelphia and the Bob Owens Gallery at North Georgia College & State University.  He currently teaches printmaking and drawing at Texas State University in San Marcos and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.  He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife.

Brandon Sanderson- demonstrator

A native of Kansas, Brandon Sanderson spent his formative years in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the base of Cheyenne Mountain.  He holds a B.S. from Colorado State University-Pueblo in Printmaking and Computer Programming and an M.F.A. In Printmaking from the University of South Dakota, where he studied under Lloyd Menard.Sanderson has been a professor of printmaking and drawing at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke since 2008.  From 2005 to 2008, he taught at College of the Sequoias and Bakersfield College in California. He has exhibited internationally in 14 venues and nationally in over 140 invitational and juried exhibitions. He has been a participant at Frogman's Print and Paper Workshop since 2002. Sanderson has organized 5 national print exchanges and participated in 26. His work is in collections in the United States, Europe, and South America.

Satan's Camaro - visiting artists

Satan’s Camaro is a tag team effort between artists Justin Strom and Lenore Thomas. The goal of our collaboration is to expand our ways of making and seeing by creating artwork that is outside of our individual work. Collaboration requires all parties involved to see things in new ways, to both compromise and push the bounds of the creators and the artwork. The pieces we create combine our individual ideas and aesthetics to make work that at its most basic involves opposites. The work also reflects our interest to create characters out of the machines and the drips and to force them into a relationship with each other. The colorful drips are like parasites sometimes living symbiotically with the machines they inhabit and at other times taking over or destroying their host. There is a narrative created that may be pleasant on the surface but underneath infestations of larva are uncomfortably wriggling around. . We bring a lot of varying influence to our work:music, design, art, vintage cars, and other forms of popular culture. In one sentence our current work is Slayer meets Stereolab, Halo meets Super Mario Brothers, and Skeletor meets My Little Pony.

Justin Strom- visiting artist

Justin Strom is a mixed media print artist who is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Digital Imaging at the University of Maryland- College Park, where He has been faculty since 2006. Strom received a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, and a BFA in Painting at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri in 1998. He has worked as an Assistant Printer at Highpoint Editions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Production Assistant at Tandem Press in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

Lenore Thomas- visiting artist

 Lenore Thomas received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and can currently be seen at Markel Fine Arts in New York City. She is a member of No Fun,an artist collective originally based out of Madison. Thomas is also the co-director of Red Rocket Gallery which is a virtual gallery space focused on showing the work of emerging artists. Currently, Lenore Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Chip Thomas - visiting artist

My name is James "Chip" Thomas. Though a native of North Carolina, I moved to the Navajo nation in 1987 to work as an Indian Health Services physician, where I continue to work and live. During this time I have taught myself black and white photography and work in my homemade darkroom. Two photographers who greatly inspire me are Eugene Richards and James Nachtwey who I was able to study with in 1992 and 1994.  Consequently, my style of photography has been described as humanist documentary.

 

In the mid 90s I began doing a public art project in Flagstaff, AZ where I placed 5x7 or 8x10 black and white photos from the Navajo nation in public spaces where flyers announcing shows were posted.  This project ran for several years and was called Urban Guerrilla Art Assault.  My public art sensibility is heavily influenced by the work of Keith Haring and Diego Rivera who lived the importance of creating art for the every person.

 

Upon returning from a 3 month sabbatical in Brazil from January to March 2009 I was deeply moved by the work of Blu, Os Gemeos, Banksy, Judith Supine, Alexander Orion, Gaia, JR and several Brazilian street artists I met during my travels.  In June 2009 I decided to start enlarging photographs from my library of negatives and wheat pasting these images onto bead stands and other structures dotting the roadside on the reservation.  As a consequence, a dialog with the community is emerging regarding the disappearance of traditional Navajo values (as represented in some of the wheat pasted images), street art, temporality, ephemeral art and it's potential as a healing force and the role art can play in building community.

 

Images in this show draw from my travels to Cuba and visits home to North Carolina over the years.  The viewer is asked to engage the "other" with an open mind.

Otis Tamasauskas

Otis Tamasauskas was born in Terschenreuth Germany in a displaced persons camp in 1947, following his parents' flight from Lithuania after the Russian communist occupation. Tamasauskas brings together found artifacts, integrating objects such as pelts, clumps of horsehair, and wood panels with his prints in order to explore interior landscapes. Tamasauskas refuses to remain within the conventional confines of printmaking, choosing instead to experiment with collage as a means of developing rich textural surfaces.  His prints undergo numerous phases, each phase infusing the work with a different quality that enhances the overall design, color and texture. Tamasauskas was Master Printer and Director of Etching at Open Studio in Toronto and has taught printmaking at McMaster University in Hamilton (1978 to 1980), Scarborough College, University of Toronto (1978 to 1983), and Queen's University in Kingston (1980 to present).

R. L. Tillman - panelist and co-curator

R.L. Tillman is an artist, teacher, and curator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Tillman has exhibited his art throughout the US at sites including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, the St. Louis Center of Contemporary Art, and the Kansas City Art Institute. He has also shown his work internationally as an invited participant at the 12th Print Triennial in Estonia and the 3rd IMPACT Print Conference in South Africa. Tillman is a co-founder of PRINTERESTING.ORG, “the thinking person’s favorite online resource for interesting printmaking miscellany.”

Rochelle Toner - panelist and co-curator

Rockie Toner was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.  She attended the University of Northern Iowa as an undergraduate and in her self described “checkered career” she taught junior high and high school in Dubuque, Iowa, before attending graduate school at the University of Illinois.

In 1972 Toner began teaching at Tyler School of Art/Temple University where she taught drawing and printmaking for thirty years.  From 1976 to 1979 she taught in Tyler’s study abroad program in Rome Italy. The last thirteen years at Tyler Toner served as Dean of the School.  Toner retired from full time teaching and administrative work in 2002.

Toner’s work has been widely exhibited in group and solo shows and is held in over thirty public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corcoran Museum of Art and Yale University.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies.  Last year she completed a two month residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland and in March she was honored by the Southern Graphics Council as their 2010 Printmaker Emeritus.

Rockie’s work can be seen at her web site,  www.rochelletoner.com

Your Hosts- Faculty and Students, ECU Printmaking Department

Michael Ehlbeck

Michael Ehlbeck is Professor of Printmaking at the ECU School of Art and Design.  He graduated from the University of Florida with an MFA from Ken Kerslake and a BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with Dennis Rowan.  Michael Ehlbeck began teaching at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University in 1975.  He primarily works with relief and intaglio processes, including mezzotint, engraving, and most notably, etching. Ehlbeck's large-scale etchings have been commissioned and hang in the Atlanta International Airport and his large-scale Hong Kong and Cologne, Germany cityscapes have been shown nationally and internationally, and are housed in several significant collections.  Ehlbeck’s drawing and prints have been exhibited national and internationally.

Matt Egan

Matthew Egan teaches and practices traditional and digitally assisted printmaking techniques in lithography, screen-printing, and etching. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University within the printmaking area.  Prior to his current appointment, he lived in the United Arab Emirates for five years, teaching printmaking and drawing to students representing 79 countries in the School of Architecture and Design at American University of Sharjah. Egan was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking, studying under Professor Daniel W. Dingler and minored in Multi-Media at the University of Windsor in 1997. He received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Drawing in 2000 from the University of South Dakota mentored by the Frogman, Professor Lloyd Menard.

Egan’s work tends to have a dark yet playful quality, each is comprised of collaged elements that are derived from other drawings, sketches, photographs, serving as fictitious moments and fabricated realities based on the world we live. Egan’s prints, drawings, and high-relief handmade paper casts have been exhibited in national and international juried and invitational exhibitions in North America, the Middle East and Europe.

Heather Muise

Born and raised in Canada, Heather Muise received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor, Canada, and her Master of Fine Arts in studio art (printmaking) from the University of Tennessee. From 2000 to 2005 she taught at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and still misses the desert. She now teaches drawing and printmaking at both East Carolina University and Pitt Community College in Greenville, North Carolina. Her work has been exhibited in over 100 shows in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.  She finds inspiration and humor in such things as pandemics, alchemy, transformation, the macabre, and her 19 year old cat.  She just completed her course work for her Master of Library Science, a degree she wanted just to prove what a geek she is.

 

 

Robbie Bennett

Born and raised across the various terrains of North Carolina, Robert Bennett found his way to printmaking through East Carolina University's School of Art and Design. He is currently in his last year as a BFA candidate in the printmaking program with aspirations to continue his journey into graduate school and then through whatever his ink-and-paper life leads him. So far, his endeavors have awarded him spots in multiple shows, exchange portfolios, demonstrations, and the opportunity to help organize ECU's first ever print symposium.

 

 

 

Karina Constable

 
Karina Constable was born in Gomez Palacio Mexico and shortly thereafter she was adopted, coming home to her new town of Apex, NC.  Printmaking came onto her radar at an early age during grade school art class.  This interest continued through the rest of her years at school and upon graduating from high school she had decided to attend her local community college for a degree in Graphic Design & Advertising. During her time at Wake Tech she decided she would continue her eduction and go for her BFA in Graphic Design at ECU. A few days prior to submitting for the Graphic Design program she wandered down in to Print Caves of the art school and after watching the various projects being worked on she knew that was really wanted to be. Slated to graduate in Spring 2011 she has enjoyed this program immensely and hopes it continues to be a source of self expression and creativity throughout her life.

Michael Smoot


Michael Smoot is currently pursuing his MFA at East Carolina University. He graduated from Towson University in 2005 with a major in painting and a minor in printmaking and from Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printer Training Program in 2007. He has worked at professional fine art print shops, including: Atelier Towson, The Experimental Print Institute, Tamarind Institute and Landfall Press. He has given lectures and demonstrations on printmaking at Towson University and Goucher College and has assisted with lectures at University of Maryland, Syracuse University and University of Toledo. In addition he has worked with a number of art related community projects in his hometown of Baltimore, MD, including: Art with a Heart, School 33 and Bright Starts.

Jason Leighton

Born and raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Jason Leighton received his
Associates in Fine Arts from Costal Carolina Community College in 2007. The fall
semester after his graduation he was accepted to East Carolina University where he
is currently working on his BFA in Printmaking. He recently created his own website
called “CountryBoyPress” where he is documenting the road to graduation in May 2011
and his senior show. While attending ECU Jason has been able to participate in multiple
shows, assist in the production of edition for visiting artist such as Mark Hosford, Jenny
Schmid and Drive by Press. He has also been able to have work placed in the permanent
collection of Drive by press and had the privilege of helping to organize the first ever
ECU Print Symposium.

Jason hopes to attend grad school to further develop and refine the knowledge he has
gained in the last couple years of his candidacy. The work he is currently involved in
revolves around his country up bringing and the choices made in reaction to the events of
his childhood such as loss of family member through death and divorce. How the choices
made previously to these events lead to the choices he made after.