Rio Students and Faculty to Exhibit Work at National Print Conference
September 20, 2012
Screenprint and photo by Lisa Brooks
Thanks to the support of the Provost's Academic Excellence Initiative, five senior art majors and one faculty member will travel to Cape Girardeau, MO in early November to attend a three-day conference focusing on fine art printmaking.
Students Kia Wright, Ashton Saunders, Lisa Brooks, Elizabeth Hamilton and Erin Roach and printmaking professor Benjy Davies will participate in a number of non-juried events at the Mid-American Print Council bi-annual conference, including presenting their original artwork in a open portfolio exhibition (analogous to a poster session of scientific or liberal arts research), creating an original print for an exchange portfolio (analogous to submitting writing to a non-juried publication, or participating in a poetry slam), and attending panel presentations, round-table discussions and exhibitions relating to the conference’s theme of Pressing Prints/Pressing Palms: The Entrepreneurial Printmaker. The conference will be held at the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
The Provost's Academic Excellence Initiative supports joint faculty and undergraduate research projects at the University of Rio Grande. Each year, faculty and students apply for funding to undertake special projects outside the regular curriculum. Upon their return to Rio, the students will present the results of their research to the campus community, including showing the prints they created for the conference and a short video documentary of the trip.