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Conference, Art Exhibition Explore World of Printmaking

February 18, 2020

Todd Christensen

Todd Christensen

Las Vegas, N.M. – The sixth biennial Print, Printed, Printing printmaking conference will be at New Mexico Highlands University Feb. 21 and 22.

The conference will feature printmaking demonstrating and artist presentations. The conference also includes a printmaking art exhibition with an opening reception Feb. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition continues through March 13.

All events are free and open to public in the university’s Burris Hall at 903 National Ave.

Highlands University fine arts professor and printmaker Todd Christensen established the first Print, Printed, Printing conference and art exhibition at Highlands in 2010 and organizes the event.

“People can see a wide variety of different printmaking techniques, like mezzotint, vitreography, collagraph, monotype and more,” Christensen said. “It’s a great opportunity to see the work and printmaking techniques of regional and New Mexico printmakers as well as talented students.”

Christensen said Highlands fine arts students helped hang the printmaking exhibition.

“Giving our students an opportunity to hang art exhibits is important because they need to know how to hang their own artwork and also curate exhibits for other artists. This experience also helps the students market themselves for jobs at art museums and galleries,” Christensen said.

Christensen said his goal with the Print, Printing Printed conference is to provide art professors, working artists and art students with opportunities to share their unique perspectives.

“Another goal is to inspire our students to experiment with their work and learn new print making techniques,” Christensen said.

The schedule of events for Print, Printed Printing is:

Feb. 21

9 to 9:30 a.m. – Welcoming remarks in Burris Hall Room 129.

9:45 to 10:15 a.m. – Juana Estrada demonstration of mezzotint.

10:30- to 11 a.m. – Lauren Steinert demonstration of vitreography.

11:15 a.m. to noon – K Stevenson demonstration of 10-minute collagraph.

2 to 2:30 p.m. – Yoshiko Shimano presentation Burris Hall Room 129, “Outreach Projects as Means of Quality Life.”

2:45 to 3:15 p.m. – Cerese Vaden demonstration of plexiglass dry point with water soluble wax crayons.

3:30 to 4 p.m. – Maria Lee demonstration of folded book structure called fishbone.

4 to 5 p.m. – Dr. Robert Bell historical print presentation, “600 years of Master Prints.”

5 to 7 p.m. – Art exhibition opening reception.

8 p.m. until completed – Seven-minute artist talks from conference presenters.

Feb. 22

10 to 10:45 a.m. – Silk screen printing event presented by University of Arizona undergraduate students.

11 to 11:30 a.m. – Calliandra Hermanson demonstration of expanded chine-collé.

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Mark Ritchie demonstration of low-tech water-based monotype.

2 to 2:45 p.m. – Ben Schoenburg demonstration of polyester, smart and pronto plates.

3 to 3:45 p.m.  – Benjamin Allan Nathan demonstration of ImageOn.

4 to 6 p.m. ­Open portfolio and print trade event in Highlands Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Trade, sell, buy or display print art.