Conference Explores World of Printmaking

Portrait Photo of Todd Christensen

Todd Christensen

LAS VEGAS, NM – The fifth biennial Print, Printed, Printing printmaking and book arts conference will be at Highlands University Feb. 16 and 17.

The conference will feature printmaking demonstrations, print olympics and artist presentations. All events are free and open to the public in the university’s Burris Hall at 903 National Ave.

“People can see a wide variety of artistic techniques and styles,” said fine arts professor Todd Christensen, who organizes the event. “Printmaking allows artists to make multiples of their work and has a huge diversity of techniques for artistic expression.”

The schedule of events is:

Feb. 16

9:15 – 10 a.m. – toner wash demonstration.

10:15-10:45 a.m. – pressure printing on an etching press demonstration.

11 – 11:30 a.m. – watercolor monotype demonstration.

11:30 a.m. – noon – intaglio marbling demonstration.

1-2 p.m. – print olympics heats.

2 – 3 p.m. – Turkish marbling demonstration.

3 – 3:30 p.m. – sintra relief printing demonstration.

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – alternative screenprinting materials demonstration.

4:15 – 5 p.m. – DASS transfer prints demonstration.

5 – 7 p.m. – gallery reception.

5:45 – 7:15 p.m. – print olympics heats.

7:30 – 9 p.m. artists presentations.

Feb. 17

10 – 1-:45 a.m. – milk carton drypoint demonstration.

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. – stacked folio binding with porchoir and rubbings demonstration.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – “Mokuhanga 1.0.”

1:30 – 2:30p p.m. – print olympics semifinal heats.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – four-color process printing demonstration.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – paste paper primer.

4 – 5 p.m. – Korn’s crayon lift ground demonstration.

5 – 7 p.m. print olympics finals.

7 p.m. closing ceremonies.


Printmakers from across the country will be leading the demonstrations:

  • Andrew Carus, a Phoenix-based artist whose current work investigates language barriers in the greater Phoenix area, as well as the rest of the United States;
  •  Tressa Jones, a Highlands University alumna whose artistic practice investigates time, memory, and perception as experienced through the body, landscapes, and built environments;
  • Elizabeth Taber, a Tempe, Arizona-based artist whose work is exploring geological processes and climate changes as metaphors for human emotion;
  • Erin DiGiovanni, a first-year graduate candidate at the University of Arizona, who develops imagery containing fragmented and overlapping visuals;
  • Kelsey Reiman, an MFA candidate in printmaking at Arizona State University;
  • Zach Gotschalk who works in printmaking and painting to create neo futuristic works inspired by video games and science fiction novels;
  • Anthony Mead, who co-founded Dinderbeck, an artist collective-turned-community printshop in Grand Rapids, Michigan;
  • Louise Fisher, who explores ideas of ephemerality, energetic transformation and life cycles using time-based mediums such as video and photography as well as the layering and repetitive action of printmaking;
  • Yoshiko Shimano, who seeks innovative possibilities in printmaking by collaborating with a writer and singer;
  • Heather Green, whose projects and installations examine historical and ecological narratives of the Northern Gulf of California and Sonora Desert;
  • Kathleen Stevenson, a Utah-based artist whose work has been shown regionally and nationally;
  • Scott Frish, who began his professional career in Seattle working as an associate printer at Stone Press Editions;
  • Cerese Vaden, a University of Arizona alumna; and
  • Mark Ritchie, who teaches printmaking at the University of Wyoming and exhibits nationally and internationally.