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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Thank you to Julianne Dao, Faith Johnson, and Taylor Swanson

P.R.I.N.T Press thanks Julianne Dao and Faith Johnson for serving as Interns and Taylor Swanson for serving as a Graduate Assistant in spring 2019. These students helped prepare for the annual conference of the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) while working with Lari Gibbons to complete an edition for Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Alison Saar. 

Perhaps our most ambitious semester to-date, these accomplishments would not have been possible without these excellent students.

Sincere gratitude to printmakers extraordinaire Julianne Dao, Faith Johnson, and Taylor Swanson.

P.R.I.N.T is proud of its work with student interns, including:
Annavittoria Conner • Samuel Cowan • Jaime Durham • Nathan Eclavea Eileen Fritz Leigh GarciaJessica Gengenbach • Halee Hamm • Su Tran • Sydney Wilson

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thank you to Sydney Wilson

Sydney Wilson (R) prints a proof for Alison Saar with Aunna Escobedo (L)
P.R.I.N.T Press thanks Sydney Wilson for serving as an Intern and on the successful completion of her BFA in fall 2018. Her skills were a wonderful complement to this semester’s activities at P.R.I.N.T. She shares her experiences in the following essay: 
It has truly been a great last semester here at UNT because of my ability to become involved with an inspiring community of knowledgeable printmakers through the opportunity of interning at P.R.I.N.T Press. The experience of hands-on learning at a professional print press is invaluable; it has better prepared me for emerging into the field of art post graduation and has taught me the ins and outs of working alongside a professional artist on an edition of prints they ultimately envision.

Hand-made buttons for the upcoming SGCI conference
The semester began with preparing for the upcoming SGCI conference in March 2019. SGCI is one of the biggest printmaking conferences in the country and for a part of it to be held at UNT is a huge deal. Working to make signage, buttons, stickers, and the program for a conference that an extreme amount of talented printmakers will likely be at is a remarkable prospect; to know that an artist you admire could end up wearing a button you made is an incredibly exciting concept!

Sydney Wilson tests a plate for Alison Saar
Working with Alison Saar this semester was amazing; she brought such a fun energy with her into the press, and loved sharing her vast knowledge with interested students. For her print project, I was able to laser cut her cotton boll stencils in CVAD's Digital Fabrication Lab so that they could be glued onto a masonite board in a wallpaper type pattern for the first layer of her multi block print. I also worked alongside other studio volunteers to mix inks, prepare paper, create blocks and get a finished proof in the short span of a week. I found this fast-paced environment extremely energizing and I loved the way our group of printmakers really came together to complete the artist's vision (more photos here).

Sydney Wilson (L) and Aunna Escobedo (R) proof a plate for Alison Saar with Lari Gibbons 
Alongside MFA candidate Aunna Escobedo, we began to dye paper and start the process of refinining proofs for Alison's edition. The edition has many intricate steps, and working together to find a flow that fits best took some time, but eventually we fell into the right printing pattern and began to gradually build up layers towards a finished print. Alison's print has a number of variables that affect the finished product, so each layer has to move slowly for the additional layers to end up working together in harmony. We continued to work with Alison on the final print, with minimal adjustments, even through the chaos of an unexpected studio move.

What I've learned the most from this semester, and Lari Gibbons in particular, is the power of perseverance through changing times, and to never stop working towards your end goal. Even though outside pressures made it near impossible, Lari still persists on making the best prints possible for Alison Saar and I find that extremely admirable. It's been an amazing semester learning from this set of inspiring ladies, and I hope to put the skill sets I've collected from them to good use in my future endeavors outside of UNT.––Sydney Wilson, BFA 2018
Thank you to Sydney Wilson for all of your great work at the press, and congratulations on receiving your BFA! We look forward to seeing what you do next! 
P.R.I.N.T is proud of its work with student interns, including:

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Make Monoprints with Lari Gibbons in Colorado!

Create unique, one-of-a-kind monoprints by combining traditional and cutting-edge approaches in this one-week workshop from Aug. 12 - 16, 2019 at Anderson Ranch in Colorado. Workshop participants will use the Anderson Ranch Fabrication Lab and the Patton Print Shop to examine how laser-cut stencils and woodblocks can expand the possibilities of a painterly, playful and multilayered approach to making hand-pulled prints. For those who have taken the workshop previously, please note that this year's class will add a jigsaw-cut block component.

Monoprints for Makers is taught by Lari Gibbons, an artist who explores new and traditional approaches to printmaking through collaborative, interdisciplinary projects. She is Professor at the University of North Texas and also directs P.R.I.N.T, a nonprofit fine art press. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

For more information, see https://www.andersonranch.org .

UNT Printmaking students can now get course credit for approved workshops through ASTU 4302 / 5302: Printmaking Remote Research, which formalizes the off-campus experience into a series of projects that focus on demonstrating new technical skills, presenting awareness of contemporary practices, documentation of professional development, and participating in professional networking opportunities. Write gibbons@unt.edu for more details about the workshop or the Remote Research course.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

SGCI Early Registration ends 1/4/19

Early Registration for Southern Graphics Council International conference in Dallas ends January 4, 2019! The savings is substantial––especially for students––so sign up soon. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for the conference, contact Lari Gibbons. 

#SGCI2019 will take place March 6 – 9, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. The conference theme is Texchange.

Texchange engages the capacity of printmaking to act as an agent of transformation in its practices within the field, contributions to other art media, and larger cultural roles. Prints are celebrated for the ways in which they spread images, information, ideas, and political views. Through shared spaces and collaborations, printmakers influence other artists, innovators, and disciplines. With printmaking, we create change together. 

Friday, December 14, 2018

Thank you to Alison Saar

Alison Saar carving a block
Thank you to Alison Saar, who was a visiting artist at P.R.I.N.T Press from October 14 – 19, 2018. Alison worked on a new project with students from Advanced Print Studio and Advanced Relief Printmaking. Printmaking faculty and students will continue working with Alison on the project until it is complete.

Alison’s project incorporates stained paper, four large relief blocks, and hand-tinted elements. During her visit to P.R.I.N.T Press, Alison held a class visit from Relief Printmaking to discuss her work and to explain the project.

Alison Saar is the recipient of the 2019 Southern Graphics Council International Lifetime Achievement Award. In March 2019, Alison will present a Keynote Lecture on Friday, 8 March from 3:30 – 4:30 pm at UNT’s University Union Ballroom 314 ABC.

In conjunction with the conference, Alison Saar will present the exhibition Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation at the University of North Texas Art Gallery with a reception on Friday, 8 March from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

The exhibition and conference events are sponsored by The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the UNT Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Art Series, SGC International, and the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. Alison's visit was made possible by P.R.I.N.T Press.

Friday, July 6, 2018

SGCI 2019 in north Texas

SGCI 2019 Call for Proposals is now open at sgci2019.org . The first round of proposals is due 20 July, 2018.

#SGCI2019 will take place March 6 – 9, 2019 in Dallas, Texas! The conference theme is Texchange.

Texchange engages the capacity of printmaking to act as an agent of transformation in its practices within the field, contributions to other art media, and larger cultural roles. Prints are celebrated for the ways in which they spread images, information, ideas, and political views. Through shared spaces and collaborations, printmakers influence other artists, innovators, and disciplines. With printmaking, we create change together. 

Please share widely!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thank you Halee Hamm

P.R.I.N.T Press thanks Halee Hamm for serving as an intern in spring 2018. Halee is in her Senior year and is a Printmaking major. Here she writes about her role in this semester's projects:  

In the spring of 2018 I had the privilege of working as an intern at P.R.I.N.T Press. It's not every day that an aspiring printmaker can walk into a massive and pristine printmaking studio with crisp white walls, housing countless presses, tools and endless supplies. Let's be honest, it's a dream facility; begging to be filled with passionate, thoughtful, and hardworking artists that can enrich the already overflowing creative atmosphere. In recent years P.R.I.N.T Press has hosted several visiting artists including Linda Ridgway, Kiki Smith, and Jeff Dell. . . .

Internship available | fall 2018

An internship at P.R.I.N.T Press is available to a UNT BFA candidate / Printmaking major for fall semester 2018. It requires 10 hours per week for 3 credit hours. Duties include assisting staff and visiting artists on special projects and events.

For more information, contact Lari Gibbons, professor and director of P.R.I.N.T Press.

Former and current interns include . . .
Annavittoria Connor
Samuel Cowan (2016) (2017)
Jaime Durham
Nathan Eclavea
Eileen Fritz
Leigh Garcia
Jessica Gengenbach
Halee Hamm

From the Registrar's Schedule of Classes and official Course Catalogue:
ART 4450.753
(26294) CRE V
3 hours
In-training programs offered in cooperation with approved business and professional houses. Students wishing credit must have instructor approve plan. Term reports required of students and employers.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing. May be repeated for credit.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

FT Art Registrar position


The CVAD-Dean's Office Department at the University of North Texas is seeking to hire an Art Registrar to join our team. The primary responsibility of the position is the safe coordination of works of art in exhibitions, programs and collections, including facilitation of exhibition logistics, facilities maintenance, artwork registration, collection management and supervision of contractors and student employees.

The Art Registrar applies intermediate skills that require knowledge of fine art display, care and documentation, including space preparation and maintenance. He/she works across University areas and with external partners, using cross-functional communication and methods. He/she is responsible for determining personnel needs and assigning work, identifying project needs, meeting deadlines, working within budget, and ensuring consistent application of organizational policies. The Art Registrar may occasionally need to work evenings, weekends, outdoors and/or in Dallas and Fort Worth.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2019 SGCI Conference Comes to North Texas

Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse
1498, Woodcut
Glasstire released a statement about the 2019 Southern Graphics Council International Conference, which is coming to North Texas! Read about it here: