Since Aesthetic Apparatus’ inception in 1999, the Minneapolis-based commercial art and printmaking studio has inhabited the unkempt and untamed region between design, entrepreneurship, and art. As of September, 2013, the studio has also begun to survey the equally craggy territory of art education with the inception of their in-studio classroom and mentorship program, Schoolhaus.
I see nature as an interdependent living force rather than as the backdrop for human events. Land is living matter that holds specific meaning to a place. This is the nature-based perspective through which I conduct my research. My fine art practice is informed by a concern for the environment, displacement, exile and the return from dislocation and separation. I seek the unbroken relationship between modern culture and ancient lands which uses tradition and story to make sense of the enduring quest to understand our changing experience of home.
Charles Beneke earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Kenyon College in 1990. After working as a book cover designer in New York City, he attended The University of Connecticut where he received his M.F.A in Printmaking and Mixed-media in 1996. He is a professor of art at The University of Akron Myers School of Art at in Akron, Ohio where he is the printmaking area coordinator. His work in a broad range of print media addresses global warming, urging the viewer to confront his/her role in the fragile state of the world environment.
Originally from Orem, Utah, Shawn Bitters received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. He is an associate professor in The University of Kansas Visual Art Department. Solo shows include Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, and The Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum in Japan. He has also shown at the International Print Center of New York and Dieu Donné Papermill in New York, Icebox Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Visual Art Center at the University of Texas, Austin. He has been an artist-in-residence at several international residencies including the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium, twice at the The Hall of Awa Handmade Japanese Paper and Museum in Japan, and the Danish Council of Artists Residency on Hirsholm Island, Denmark.
Erik Brunvand is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Utah. His research and teaching interests include the design of applicationspecific computers, graphics processors, and asynchronous systems. As an artist he is fascinated by connections between arts and technology. This interest has led him to explore and show a variety of kinetic mixed media artworks, many involving electronic control. He is also a printmaker, and co-founder of Saltgrass Printmakers, a non-profit printmaking studio and gallery in Salt Lake City since 2003. He works primarily in relief, letterpress, etching, experimental media, and kinetic mixed media.
Stella Ebner received her BFA from the University of Minnesota and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Ebner has held residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop, NYC, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, NYC, and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. She is the recipient of several grants, including a Kala Art Institute Fellowship and Minnesota State Arts Board Artists’ Assistance Fellowship. Her work is in the collections of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN; Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN;
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA; and The Lower East Side Printshop, NYC, NY. Ebner is Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College - SUNY in Purchase, NY.
Bill Fick is a printmaker who lives in Durham, North Carolina. He is the founder/director of Supergraphic, a printmaking studio in Durham, North Carolina. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University where he teaches drawing and comic/zine arts. Fick’s work can be found in the collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, The New York Public Library, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. In 1993 Fick was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship and in 1995 a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship.
Florence Gidez is a Brooklyn based printmaker originally from Vermont. Her work explores architecture, decay, and the natural world as it crosses paths with the man-made. A dedication to craftsmanship is what draws her to architecture as subject matter and to silkscreen as a medium.
Melissa Harshman received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1992. She has been teaching printmaking at the University of Georgia since 1993 and is currently the Director of the First-Year Odyssey Program. Harshman has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad. Recent shows include: “Southern Graphics Council Member Exhibition”, “Atlanta Print Biennial” and “Heavy Hitters” at the Art Museum of South Texas. She will be an artist-in-residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in 2014. Harshman was awarded a Senior Faculty Research Grant from UGA in 2011 titled “Reconstructing Mary Cassatt” as well as the Sandy Beaver Teaching Award. Most recently she was awarded a 2014 Senior Faculty Research Grant titled “Venetian Chandeliers”.
Dusty Herbig is an Associate Professor of Art, and Director of Lake Effect Editions at Syracuse University, where he teaches all levels of printmaking. Herbig earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002, and his BFA from Fort Hays State University, in Hays, KS in 1996. Much of Herbig’s current research seeks to draw develop contradictions about the dichotomy of power - energy. Whether questioning origins of power, (sun - fossil fuels) the lengths humans go to in order to obtain power, (surveillance – war) or the ramifications for the prospecting for power, (famine – global warming) the work seeks to open dialogue about what exactly power can mean to divergent populations around the globe.
Adriane Herman studies the trajectory from intention to action. Solo exhibitions have manifested at Adam Baumgold Gallery, Western Exhibitions, Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Rose Contemporary. Sites of group exhibitions include The Dalarnas Museum, Portland Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Chapel Street Gallery at Yale University, The Ulrich Museum, and International Print Center New York. Permanent collections include The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, The Progressive Corporation, The Ulrich Museum of Art, and The Walker Art Center. Herman has lectured at over fifty institutions and exchanges pep talks for crossed out to do lists.
In the fall of 1976, High initiated the serigraphy (screen) printmaking program for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas in Austin| where he continues to serve as Associate Professor and Area Head of Printmaking. His prints can be found in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), The Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MA), Houston Museum of Art (TX), Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin.
John Hitchcock is an Artist and Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. Exhibitions include the University of Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; International Print Center New York, New York; Museum of Arts & Design, New York; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Exit Art, New York; the Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Awards include The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant, New York; Jerome Foundation, Minnesota; the Creative Arts Award, UW-Madison.
Mark Hosford was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974 and grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas. He moved to Lawrence, Kansas, in 1993 to pursue a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Kansas. He received his MFA in 2001 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That same year, Hosford accepted a teaching position at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Art. Hosford has a national, international, and regional exhibition record, including exhibitions in Poland, Germany, South Korea, China, New York, Boston, and California.
MFA, Arizona State University and BFA, University of Wisconsin- Madison. Janssen’s creative practice engages a wide range of print media as well as video and installation. His exhibition record includes solo shows at venues such as Seed Space (Nashville, TN), University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), Arteles Creative Center (Hämeenkyrö, Finland) and Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC). Over the last six years Janssen has shown work in over one hundred exhibitions across the U.S. and internationally. He currently leads the Printmaking program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he is an Assistant Professor.
Seattle-based artist Amanda Knowles earned a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has received a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as two from the Washington State granting organization, Artist Trust. Knowles has taught classes and workshops, has held several artist residencies, and has been a visiting artist at universities around the United States. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA and Guthrie Contemporary in New Orleans, LA. Knowles currently serves on the Board of Seattle Print Arts and teaches printmaking and drawing at North Seattle College, Seattle, WA.
Amanda Lee is a poetic printmaking activist, who is fascinated with the possibilities that exist in the space that fills a pause, the thing in between, be it emotional or physical, the space that many of us overlook on our way there from here. Her current work depicts objects and spaces found in domestic violence shelters. She recently finished a visiting artist gig in Venice at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica and she just set up a power washer in her studio, in her toilet in Cortona, Italy. She is from Seattle Washington and received her MFA in printmaking from Indiana University in Bloomington and was the recipient of the inaugural Virginia A. Myers, Visiting Artist / Visiting Assistant Professorship in Printmaking at University of Iowa.
THE LITTLE FRIENDS OF PRINTMAKING
You can easily spot The Little Friends of Printmaking in a crowd—their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway. JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves through their silkscreened concert posters, but now design fancy junk for whomever will pay them money. Aside from their work as illustrators and designers, they continue their art practice through exhibitions, lectures, and residencies worldwide. Their awards include honors from the Art Directors’ Club and American Illustration; their work has been published in the books New Masters of Poster Design [Rockport] and Handmade Nation [Princeton Architectural Press], among others.
Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (Justseeds.org), the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, and co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. He helps run Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org).
Taryn McMahon received her BFA from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Southern Graphics Council International Graduate Fellowship and fully funded residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO; Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL; and Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. Her work has been featured in recent exhibitions at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, TX; and Carroll Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, among others. McMahon is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Kent State University.
Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley founded Midwest Pressed in 2011 in Cedar Falls Iowa. The press grew out of collaborative artworks that began through teaching as colleagues at the University of Northern Iowa. The press produces a wide array of artworks ranging from fine art prints and public projects to printed ephemera. Midwest Pressed artwork can be generally characterized as intensive, colorful and layered, but the pair of artists are primarily known for using the printmaking medium in an experimental fashion, including sculptural applications and installations. Their extensive body of artwork has been shown widely around the United States. They have also been visiting artists at many institutions, giving workshops and lectures pertaining to their work and contemporary printmaking. Their work is featured in a number of recent publications on printmaking such as The Complete Engraver, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Processes, Prentice Hall, 2009, and A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking, Ladymuse, 2012.
Nason’s work explores the evolution of our environment and the changes in the existence of the natural world as a result of overconsumption, pollution, and misuse of natural resources. The narratives depict the real, the unreal, the tangible, and the intangible to formulate landscapes serving as metaphors for an ever-changing world in which much of life on earth has been used, damaged, and depleted. This current body of work explores the ever-present preoccupation of living the American dream in the face of a constant preoccupation with volatile and conflicting social, political, and cultural forces. The psychological ramifications are an internal and external clinging to nostalgic ideologies, fear, and ambivalence. Nason is currently an Associate Professor of Printmaking at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. Her work has been exhibited in over fifty juried and invitational, national and international exhibitions. Her work is published in “A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking” edited by Matthew Egan, Michael Ehlbeck, and Heather Muise.
Sage Perrott was born and raised in West Virginia. She received a BFA in printmaking from West Virginia University, and an MFA in printmaking from Ohio University. Perrott often makes prints under the alias, Haypeep. Her work is influenced by her fascination with animals, the love of her cats, as well as a skeptical outlook on how our world functions.
Jenny Schmid lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she runs bikini press international and is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. She is represented by The Davidson Galleries in Seattle and her prints can be found in collections including The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Block Museum and The Spencer Art Museum. She received the Fulbright, the McKnight Fellowship, the Bush Artists Grant, a 2010 Jerome Film and Video grant and a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board grant. Recent projects include live animation performances with Ali Momeni, an exhibit at the Davis Museum and forthcoming series of mezzotints published by Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.
Lenore Thomas who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her artwork has been shown in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Estonia, China, Argentina, Portugal and Malaysia. Her artwork is represented by and can be seen at Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee. She is co-director of Red Rocket Gallery; a virtual gallery space focused on showing the work of emerging artists. Thomas received her MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Religious Studies and a BA in Fine Arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. She is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Vader, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tonja Torgerson is currently the Artist in Residence at Lawrence Art Center in Lawrence, KS. Her artwork is regularly exhibited nationally and internationally; and is included the several private and museum collections, including the Weisman Art Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She received her MFA in Printmaking at Syracuse University and her BFA from the University of Minnesota. Her recent work blends figurative, street art, and traditional printmaking practices to explore illness, death, and the impermanence of the body.
Crystal Wagner was born in Baltimore, MD on February 27th in1982. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002. She is represented Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA. Wagner’s interest in combining 2–dimensional and 3–dimensional forms, and hybrid approaches to printmaking have led to numerous visiting artist invitations and to her artwork being exhibited extensively across the United States and abroad. Her work has been featured by Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi Fructose Contemporary Art Magazine, and My Modern Met among countless others.
Erik Waterkotte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Waterkotte’s interest in ritual and architecture comes from his family’s legacy as carpenters and builders. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Alberta and his B.F.A. from Illinois State University. Waterkotte has shown his work nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Compound Gallery in Berkeley, CA, the UICA in Grand Rapids, MI, and the Open Studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Waterkotte’s work is part of several collections including the Purdue University Galleries and the Kennesaw Museum of Art.