|Annavittoria Conner working at the press|
P.R.I.N.T Press thanks Annavittoria Conner for serving as an intern in spring 2015. A BFA candidate with a major in Printmaking, Annavittoria worked on several projects:Few academically affiliated fine art presses exist in the United States, eight to be exact, and I am honored to have spent the past few months here at the Print Research Institute of North Texas. I have picked up many good habits and left some bad ones behind. P.R.I.N.T inspires you to develop a certain kind of care for prints that otherwise one might not take into consideration. I have learned to take a step back and appreciate the delicacy of prints and their importance while gaining knowledge of how print collaborations work.
When I started my internship I was immediately submerged into the atmosphere here at P.R.I.N.T. I began by learning how to professionally prepare framed artwork so it could be sent off to the exhibition at UNT ArtSpace Dallas, Five Years of Collaborations . . .
|Students show prints at the P.R.I.N.T booth at the Flatbed Print Fair|
Annavittoria creates an image mask
with the guidance of Brian Garner
|Annavittoria's complete image mask|
The best aspect of P.R.I.N.T Press is the people who run it. None of this would be possible without Lari Gibbons (Director) who came to the institute's rescue in 2011 and revived it. If you know Lari and her dedication to printmaking this comes at no surprise, however an easy feat it was not and because of this I have only known the fine tuned P.R.I.N.T Press. An institution who takes pride in every single aspect of the shop and proves its dedication time and time again. Laura Drapac (Assistant to Director) was an inspiration to me as well. I some times wondered how she had enough energy and time to care so tremendously for P.R.I.N.T, teaching, her own career as a fine artist, and Triple Threat Press (her own press). She really instilled the virtue that putting the effort in to do something right the first time and not cutting corners is the one true way. I also had the pleasure to work side by side with one of UNT’s finest graduate students Jessie Barnes, who took me under her wing and showed me the ropes, having been at P.R.I.N.T for a semester already when I joined the team. She guided me through my first hand made portfolio, taught me a thing or two about photo litho, and overall was just a really wonderful person. To me this is one of the best aspects of P.R.I.N.T Press, the people who run it. Rarely will you get to spend so much time and learn so much from people this talented in your undergraduate career, let alone life.