Public Gestures. 17-19 October, 2013.
The Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance was initiated by Associate Professor Jill Fitterer, Boise State University, and the first symposium was held at Boise in 2011. We are indebted to Jill for creating a new forum for discourse in the Greater Mountain West, and we hope this symposium continued to facilitate the exchange of ideas and projects that she started.
Printmaking has a long history of producing cultural artifacts that comment on societal issues and concerns. This project brings this to the forefront by organizing a symposium to exhibit and discuss contemporary works and techniques that explore the role of Printmedia in this dialogue, whether used directly as part of an event, as a means of commentary or satire, or as a way to engage others in its creation. Particular topics may include but are not limited to; Community Engagement; Political Discourse; the Environment; Animal Rights; Privacy; Healthcare; Communication Technologies; Globalisation; Education; Cultural Concerns; Historical Precedents; the influence of the individual in promoting action and also the range of obstructions that may restrict action. These topics may be local, national or international in scope.
Events planned as part of the 2 day symposium included invited speakers, a juried exhibition in the Gittins Gallery, panels, printmaking demonstrations, themed portfolio exhibitions, a Book Arts Program exhibition and demonstration, an open portfolio event and a symposium exchange portfolio. The symposium coincided with the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll and several galleries hosted connected exhibitions. Two local Printshops, Saltgrass Printmakers and Copper Palate Press also hosted events/exhibitions.
Organizing Committee: Edward Bateman, Erik Brunvand, Alison Denyer, Justin Diggle, Stefanie Dykes and Marnie Powers-Torrey (Marnie also organized the College Book Art Association Conference that was held at the university in January 2014).
Included here are photos from the Exhibitions, Portfolios, Panels, Demos and Talks. Please scroll down to see all the images.
RMPA Juried Exhibition Reception.
Keynotes: Marjorie Devon and John Risseeuw.
Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance: Keynote Speaker – John Risseeuw – October 19 2013.
Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance: Keynote Speaker – Marjorie Devon – October 18 2013.
DEMO: Sharpie Marker Flats for Stone Lithography.
Adam Montoya and Colleen Donohoe (Graduate Program. Arizona State University).
DEMO: The Experimental Lithographer: Fun, Fast, and Easy Lithography Techniques Using Stuff You Probably Have on Hand.
Carrie Kaser (Albuquerque, NM).
DEMO: +/- Letterpress Principles (A series of short demos).
Book Arts Studio. 4th Floor, Marriott Library. Marnie Powers-Torrey/Mary Toscano, Claire Taylor, Becky Williams Thomas and David Wolske.
Open Discussion Forum. Moderated by Jill Fitterer (Boise State University. Boise ID).
Secluded Evolutions. Chairs Cerese Vaden (University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ) Mark Ritchie (University of Wyoming. Laramie, WY). Panelists: Todd Christensen (New Mexico Highlands University. Las Vegas, NM), Kathy Puzey (Utah State University. Logan, UT) and Sukha Worob (Bozeman, MT).
Crossing and Connecting: Three Heads of Printmaking from the Denver Area!
Panel Chair: Melanie Yazzie (University of Colorado. Boulder, CO). Panelists: Cathrine Chauvin (Denver University. CO), Marilee Salvator (Metro State University. Denver, CO).
3 member panel. Panelists: Jack Metcalf (Missoula, MT), Kevin Haas (Washington State University. Pullman, WA) and Dominic Thorburn (Rhodes University. Grahamstown, South Africa).