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Midwest Matrix: Continuum

A Symposium Celebrating the History and Present of Midwest Printmaking

September 19 - 21, 2014


Contact | Summary | Registration | Schedule | Exhibition | Map | Outcomes | List of Presenters/Speakers | Lodging


Special thanks to

  • CAHI (Indiana University College of Arts and Humanities Institute)
  • Grunwald Gallery of Art
  • Art and a Movie (IU Museum and IU Cinema)
  • IU Print Workshop
  • IUSA (Indiana University Student Association)
  • Friends of Art
  • Susan Goldman
  • Jeffrey Owens
  • Carolyn O’Goldman
  • Wendy Calman
  • Homer Hogle

Contact

Tracy Templeton, Associate Professor of Fine Arts trtemple@indiana.edu
Betsy Stirratt, Director, Grunwald Gallery stirrat@indiana.edu
Nanette Brewer, Curator, IU Art Museum nabrewer@indiana.edu

Symposium dates are Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21 and the exhibit dates are August 29-October 11, 2014.


Summary

Susan Goldman, an internationally recognized artist, Director of Lily Press in Rockville, MD and, former professor of printmaking and master printer for Navigation Press at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, created the documentary Midwest Matrix® to explore a history of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest. European expatriate artists and their students post-World War II either transformed existing or founded influential ateliers and printmaking departments in Midwestern universities, turning them into the seedbeds of a remarkable flowering of the fine art print in America. Midwest Matrix® examines their strong sense of community that prevails and how it continues to manifest itself.  Although much has been written about the art of both East and West Coasts of the past 70 years, and much attention paid to the development of surrealist tendencies and the creation of Abstract Expressionism through the influence of European painters and sculptors, very little has been done to examine their influence on printmaking in the American Midwest. Her film articulates, for the first time, this story - a history, and the legacy, of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest and acknowledges the ongoing question: What is the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking?

A strong community sense prevails among these artists, and during the symposia we will look at the conditions of its generation, and how it manifests itself.  We will continually ask how their legacy continues to catalyze young artists at a time a great cultural polarization, immigration, and war. 

The history of the Midwest has affected many studios. The work of a handprint studio is a fascinating mixture of the science of materials and of the body/mind of the artist, in the context of her/his environment.  Its study has led to increased sophistication in the reading of visual language: signs, symbols, and narrative.  Artists from different disciplines are fascinated to work with master printers--this collaboration extends the possibilities available to all artists, not just printmakers.  Increasing knowledge of a medium increases the sense of community among all artists.

Midwest Matrix: Continuum will both highlight this history and call attention to the next generation of artists who are prospering due to this rich Midwest tradition. The Symposium and exhibit will feature several lectures, workshops and panel discussions by important mentors in these Printmaking programs, and several of their former students who have gone on to have active careers of their own. Both mentors and former students will be invited to show their work as part of the exhibit Midwest Matrix: Continuum at the Grunwald Gallery. Dennis McNett, one of the former student artists will visit for five days in August and hold workshops with students to create an installation piece in the Center space at the Grunwald Gallery. This work will be presented for the opening for the show on August 29, 2014.

Midwest Matrix screening information from Indiana University Cinema's Fall 2014 Program


Registration

Registration is not required. All events are free and open to the public. Please note there is limited seating at some venues such as the Indiana University Museum.

Schedule

Friday, September 19th

3:00-4:00PM

One-hour Exhibition in the IU Art Museum’s viewing room on prints and print matrices from the Echo Press Archive with the former Bloomington-based press’s master printer David Keister and assistant printer Dave Calkins as special guests.

IU Art Museum (1133 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405)

5:00-6:00PM

Panel Discussion featuring Susan Goldman, Kristen Martincic, David Keister, Rudi Pozzatti, Wendy Calman and Ed Bernstein. Moderated by IU Art Historian Bret Rothstein.

Grunwald Gallery (1201 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47406)

6:00-8:00PM

Exhibit Reception, Grunwald Gallery (1201 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47406)

Saturday, September 20th

9:30-10:00AM

Welcome to the Printmaking Studio, Printmaking Open House/Printing Workshop. Refreshments served.

Central Stores Arts Annex (1026 E 11th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408)

10:00-12:00PM

Open House and printmaking workshops with Kristen Martincic, Rudy Pozzatti and David Keister at the Central Stores Arts Annex (1026 E 11th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408)

1:30-4:30PM

Open House and printmaking workshops continued with refreshments.

Central Stores Arts Annex (1026 E 11th St. Bloomington, IN 47408)

Sunday, September 21st

2:00-2:30PM

Gallery talk by Nan Brewer, IU Art Museum’s Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, in the first floor Gallery of the Art of the Western World on a selection of prints by several important artist/teachers featured in the film, including Karen Kunc, Mauricio Lasansky, Rudy Pozzatti, and Warrington Colescott.

IU Art Mueseum First Floor (1133 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405)

3:00-4:15PM

Screening of Midwest Matrix® at IU Cinema (1213 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47406)

4:15-4:45PM

A post-screening discussion with producer/director Susan Goldman, Fine Arts Professor Emeritus Rudy Pozzatti, and Associate Professor of Printmaking Tracy Templeton (moderator).

IU Cinema (1213 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47406)


Grunwald Gallery Exhibition

 

 

Midwest Matrix: Continuum
Dennis McNett: Wolfbat Offerings: Blooming Grove and the Luck of the Cardinal
August 29 – October 1, 2014

 

Grunwald Gallery Schedule of Events

Friday, August 29th 5:00PM

Gallery Talk: Dennis McNett

Friday, August 29th 6-8:30PM

Opening Reception

 

Press Release

Bloomington, IN, June 30, 2014 - The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University is pleased to announce Midwest Matrix: Continuum and Dennis McNett: Wolfbat Offerings: Blooming Grove and the Luck of the Cardinal. These exhibitions will open Friday, August 29 and continue through Wednesday, October 1. A gallery talk and opening reception will be held on Friday, August 29 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Grunwald Gallery.


Tienanmen:Between, 2012, Victoria Star Varner,
Photo lithographs, gold leaf, pigments, charcoal and watercolor,
62” diameter

 

Exhibiting Artists – Midwest Matrix:Continuum

  • Jennifer Anderson (Roanoke, VA)
  • James Bailey (Missoula, MT)
  • Wendy Calman (Bloomington, IN)
  • Jason Clark (Missoula, MT)
  • James Bailey (Missoula, MT)
  • Carmon Colangelo (St. Louis, MO)
  • Tyler Ferreira (Long Beach, CA)
  • Oscar Gillespie (Peoria, IL)
  • Susan Goldman (Fairfax, VA)
  • Dusty Herbig (Syracuse, NY)
  • John Hitchcock (Madison, WI)
  • Ellie Honl (Bloomington, IN)
  • Anita Jung (Iowa City, IA)
  • Michael Krueger (Lawrence, KS)
  • Karen Kunc (Avoca, NE)
  • Carrie Lingscheit (Chicago, IL)
  • Joseph Lupo (Morgantown, WV)
  • Kristen Martincic (Roswell, NM)
  • Danielle Peters (Emporia, KS)
  • Roxanne Sexauer (Long Beach, CA)
  • Star Varner (Georgetown, TX)

Midwest Matrix: Continuum explores the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking, featuring over 20 artists highlighting this history and calling attention to the next generation of artists. Susan Goldman, Director of Lily Press in Rockville, MD and former professor of printmaking and master printer for Navigation Press at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, created the documentary Midwest Matrix. This film explores the history of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest. European expatriate artists and their students, post-World War II, either transformed existing or founded influential workshops and printmaking departments in Midwestern universities. Goldman’s documentary examines the strong sense of community that prevails and how it continues to manifest itself. Mentors of this Midwest printmaking tradition will exhibit alongside nominated former students, who have gone on to have active careers of their own. Dennis McNett, one of these former students, will create a print installation in conjunction with the Midwest Matrix: Continuum symposium. His installation, titled Wolfbat Offerings: Blooming Grove and the Luck of the Cardinal, will focus on the Cardinal as the state bird of Indiana with a rich mythological history. He will exemplify the Midwest tradition of printmaking by collaborating with students at Indiana University through workshops by assisting to create his installation in the gallery. Midwest Matrix articulates a history and the legacy of fine art printmaking in the American Midwest and poses the question: What is the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking?

This exhibition is shown in conjunction with the Midwest Matrix: Continuum symposium at Indiana University from September 19 – 21. More information about the Symposium can be found at http://www.indiana.edu/~faspm/midwestmatrix.html.

These exhibits and corresponding programs were made possible by The College Arts and Humanities Institute, The Grunwald Gallery of Art, and the Printmaking workshop, all at Indiana University, and by Calman, Inc.

Jose & Joyce (Storms series), 2014, Carmon Colangelo,
Intaglio, digital, relief printing and chine-collé on paper,
22-1/4" x 36-1/8"

 

A Short Introduction to the Artists

Jennifer Anderson is a visual artist who has recently relocated from the West Coast to Southwest Virginia where she teaches studio art at Hollins University. Interested in the persistence of memory, her work has long focused on the ephemeral through the selection of materials and process.

James Bailey is currently an artist and Professor in the School of Art at The University of Montana and in 1998 he established Matrix Press, the publishing component of the print program. James continues his research into both traditional and experimental approaches in printmaking.

Wendy Calman joined the Printmaking faculty at Indiana University in 1976, and she was Co-Head of the Printmaking area until her retirement in 2011 as Professor Emeritus. Her work presents a complex body of information, both visual and sensory, as well as a heavily loaded symbolism.

Jason Clark resides in Missoula, Montana as a printmaker, Adjunct Professor and the 2D Technician in the School of Art a the University of Montana. His work is rooted in the traditional stories, teachings, and beliefs of his ancestors and the erroneous stories, teachings, and beliefs of western society about Native Americans.

Carmon Colangelo is the Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. His work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science and technology.

Tyler Ferreira is an Adjunct Instructor of printmaking and drawing at both Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Long Beach City College.

Oscar Gillespie is a Professor of Art at Bradley University, where he has been a member of the faculty since January of 1986. He teaches printmaking and drawing. As a printmaker, he is noted for his expertise in monotypes and in intaglio, especially metal-plate engraving.

Susan Goldman is Artistic Director/Owner of Lily Press in Rockville, Maryland, and was Adjunct Professor/Master Printer for Navigation Press at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Goldman was a Resident Artist at Handprint Workshop International where she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant 2011-12, to complete as producer and director “Midwest Matrix,” an hour-long documentary on the fine art printmaking tradition of the American Midwest.

Dusty Herbig is an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Syracuse University in Central New York, where he teaches lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, relief, and all levels of advanced and graduate courses. He also serves as the director and master printer of Lake Effect Editions, the press of the Syracuse University printmaking program. 

John Hitchcock is an Artist and Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches
screenprinting, relief cut, and installation art. His current works depict personal, social, and political views that are a blend of printmaking, digital imaging, video, and installation.

Ellie Honl is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University. Her multimedia work combines printmaking, painting, photography, video and sculpture. Her current series whimsically explores the many ways people cope with challenging situations and fears through the imagery of shelters and storms.

Anita Jung is a professor of the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University where she majored in painting and drawing. The Master of Fine Arts was awarded to her from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked with Bill Weegee as a printer at Off Jones Road and Tandem Press.

Michael Krueger works in a variety of media including, painting, drawing, printmaking, animation, and ceramics. His ideas dictate the media and he floats freely between them. Krueger’s artwork reflects a deep interest in American history, contemporary American culture, art history, the human experience, and personal memoir. 

Karen Kunc is the Willa Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her work addresses issues of the landscape and natural surroundings as direct influences from her Nebraska heritage. She uses artistic interpretation to contemplate larger issues of the eternal life struggle, of endurance and vulnerability, growth and destruction.

Carrie Lingscheit creates work that exploits the subtleties of intaglio technique to explore the malleable nature of memory formation and recall, creating dubious narratives characterized by omission, distortion, and hyperbole. 

Joseph Lupo has been the Printmaking Program Coordinator at West Virginia University’s School of Art and Design since 2004. His work is centered on issues of communication and different forms of reproduction. In 2005, he began to address how artists and writers communicate through comics.

Kristen Martincic received a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her recent prints, sculpture, and installation explore the connection between the body and water.

Dennis McNett has been carving surly block prints for over 18 years. His graphic aesthetic and love for narrative work has been translated in many ways. His work ranges from larger than life Viking ship performances and parades, masks, installations and sculptures to unique hand-carved wood cut pieces, traditional relief prints, and graphics.

Danielle Peters is an Adjunct Professor of 2D and 3D Design at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. She is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily with cut paper to create costumes, installations, sculptures and two-dimensional pieces.
Roxanne Sexauer is a Professor at California State University, Long Beach. There is a fetishism of the organic in her recent prints. Among Sexauer's influences are earlier prints made to depict various branches of both the animal and plant kingdoms.

Star Varner is a Professor of Art and Chair of Studio Art at Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts. Her work ranges from classically inspired, full-scale figurative painting to lyrical abstractions.

For further information, please contact the Grunwald Gallery at (812)-855-8490 or grunwald@indiana.edu. We invite you to visit our website at http://www.indiana.edu/~grunwald/. The Grunwald Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. The Grunwald Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. All events are free and open to the public.


Map

A map of the four event locations for the conference.

 

Indiana University Map


Indiana University Printmaking's Leaders from Past to Present (from left to right: Tracy Templeton, Rudy Pozzatti, Wendy Calman, Ed Bernstein).
Ben Timpson


Outcomes

The event will

  • Assure the preservation of a cultural tradition not only for artists and students of the arts, but also to the public interested in the arts.
  • Increase the appreciation of fine art printmaking among the general public, which is often not educated about the difference between a fine print and a reproduction
  • Present the history of this medium to young artists and art students, whom often are uninformed of the history of printmaking.

List of Presenters/Speakers

Ed Bernstein was Professor of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington and Director of the “Indiana University Summer Program in Printmaking and Artists Books Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice until retirement in August 2013. Education includes: MFA printmaking, Indiana 1973; “Atelier 17, 1968; B.F.A, painting Rhode Island School of Design1968; and BA Honors political science1965, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Bernstein has two regional NEAs. Professional appointments include: Oxford University (UK), UC Berkeley, University of Arkansas. He exhibits in major national and international juried and invited exhibitions including the 2012 Olympics, London; has been a visiting artist in the US, Canada, and Europe; as well as a active international curator. Bernstein has given demonstrations, and chaired printmaking panels for IMPACT conferences and numerous Southern Graphics Council International Conferences, most recently in 2013. His current retrospective Almost Illuminated is at Indiana University.

Nan Brewer is the Lucienne M. Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper at the Indiana University Art Museum, where she has worked since 1986. In addition to overseeing the care, research, and utilization of the museum's collection of over 13,000 prints, drawings, and photographs, she has organized dozens of exhibitions and contributed to numerous publications on a wide variety of subjects, including printmaking from Pop Art to Regionalism. In 1991, she co-curated the first exhibition and catalogue devoted to the museum's holdings from the archive of Echo Press, a fine arts press located at Indiana University for seventeen years, and after its closure a tribute exhibition. She also organized of the retrospective exhibitions of printmaking emeriti faculty Rudy Pozzatti and Marvin Lowe. In 2004, she served as the organizing curator for an exhibition of contemporary prints from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer.

David Calkins is an alumni of Indiana University who worked at Echo Press as an Assistant Printer. He assisted in printing for artists such as Rudy Pozzatti, Karen Kunc, and John Himmelfarb. Calkins now runs his own independent business.

Born in New York City, Wendy Calman was educated at the University of Pittsburgh where she received a BA in Art History, and at Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, receiving both an MFA and an M.Ed. After teaching for four years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, she joined the Printmaking faculty at Indiana University in 1976, and she was Co-Head of the Printmaking area until her retirement in 2011 as Professor Emeritus. She has received Master Fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission, a Ford Foundation grant, and many honors and awards for her work in exhibitions. Her work has been included in publications such as Innovative Printmaking, Photographer's Choice, Contemporary American Women Sculptors, and 20th Century North American Women Artists, and is represented in collections both nationally and internationally.

Susan Goldman artist and master printer, is Director of Lily Press, LLC, in Rockville, Maryland. She is Founding Director of Printmaking Legacy Project TM, (PLP), a non-profit dedicated to the documentation, preservation and conservation of printmaking practice and history. Goldman received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant 2011-12, to complete as Producer and Director “Midwest Matrix®”, an hour-long documentary on the fine art printmaking tradition of the American Midwest. Goldman was adjunct professor and master printer for Navigation Press at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, from 2000 -2011. Goldman received her MFA from Arizona State University, Tempe and her BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Recent exhibitions include: I Am Printing Yellow!, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD; RED, Old Print Gallery, Washington, DC; Susan Goldman, Master Printer, Cosmos Club Gallery, Washington, DC; Ink Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL; Print Fair, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Sixty-Seven Contemporary Printmakers, The Old Print Shop, New York, NY; Prints from George Mason University, Sichuan Normal University, Sichuan. Selected collections include: Abu Dhabi Nations Towers St. Regis, United Arab Emirates; Anchor Press, Columbia College of Art; Akron Art Museum; Hilton Worldwide, Headquarters; University of Iowa Museum of Art; Cincinnati Art Museum; International Monetary Fund; KPMG; Kyoto City Museum of Arts; Library of Congress; Rutgers Archives for Brodsky Printmaking Studios at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Turner Print Museum, California State University- Chico.

David Keister received his BFA from Ohio University and then worked as a printer and shop manager for Landfall Press in Chicago. After he received his MFA from Indiana University, Rudy Pozzatti and David founded Echo Press in Bloomington, Indiana where he printed for many artists. Currently he teaches Printmaking, Photography and Visual Composition classes at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Michigan. He also serves as Curator of Prints and Drawings for the GVSU Galleries.

Kristen Martincic’s recent work explores the connection between the body and water. She uses bathing suits and environments associated with water to reveal the fine line between public and private, intimacy and exposure, skin and clothing. She received a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her artwork has been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions; venues include Editions/Artists' Book Fair in New York City, International Print Center New York, American University in Egypt and The Print Center in Philadelphia. Her work is in several public collections, including the Sheldon Museum of Art, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Fidelity Investments, and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Dennis McNett was born in 1972 and grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. He moved to New York in 2001. He has been carving surly block prints for over 18 years. His encouragement as a kid came from his blind grandfather, who told him over and over again that his drawings were good. Later influences came from the raw high-energy imagery pouring out of the early 80's skateboard and punk rock scene. His graphic aesthetic and love for narrative work has been translated in many ways. His work ranges from larger than life Viking ship performances and parades in Philly, resurrecting Nordic giants on West Broadway in Manhattan, Dragon slayings in Oklahoma, masks, installations and sculptures to unique hand-carved wood cut pieces, traditional relief prints, and graphics. Participating in both the fine art and design worlds, Dennis has been fortunate enough to create series’ for Anti-Hero skateboards, design shoes for Vans, have work fill the windows of Barneys, NY, and participate in the Deitch Artparade. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Juxtapoz magazine, Thrasher and Complex Magazine.

Rudy Pozzatti was born in Telluride, Colorado in 1925. After military service, by 1950 he received his BFA and MFA from the University of Colorado. Pozzatti taught at the University of Nebraska, received a Fulbright Award (1952) and a Guggenheim (1953) before coming to Indiana University in 1956. And was named a Distinguished Professor in 1972. Along with colleagues Marvin Lowe and Wendy Calman, Pozzatti developed the Indiana University Printmaking Workshop, one of the premier printmaking programs in the U.S. to this day. In 1979, Pozzatti, along with David Keister, Master Printer, founded Echo Press in Bloomington, an internationally acclaimed contract printmaking workshop. Pozzatti retired from teaching in 1991 continuing to serve as Director of Echo Press until its close in 1994. With over 50 awards, Pozzatti’s work has been the focus of solo exhibitions throughout the United States, Italy and Germany, and is represented in world class collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery and Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of fine Arts, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Museum of Art, Sydney, Australia, and the Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts.

Panel Moderators are Bret Rothstein, Indiana University Department of History of Art, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Tracy Templeton, Indiana University School of Fine Arts, Associate Professor and Head of Printmaking.


Lodging

If you are interested in attending the Midwest Matrix: Continuum Symposium, a small number of hotel rooms have been reserved for attendees at the SpringHill Suites Bloomington. 10 rooms are reserved for the nights of Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, September 20 (checking out on Sunday). The rooms are Double Queen Suites, so it would be possible to share rooms if you know others traveling to the symposium. There is a special rate of $159 per night. The rooms must be booked by Monday, August 18th to receive this rate. After August 18th, they will be released for general sale. The site for booking rooms at this rate for this event is: http://cwp.marriott.com/bmgsh/schooloffinearts/

If you're looking for other options, please be aware that the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival is being held the same weekend, which means it's a great weekend to be in Bloomington, but hotels book quickly and rates are high. More information on the Lotus Festival here: http://lotusfest.org/festival-main