This April will see an international student print exchange exhibition between MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA) and UWE (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK). Fifteen students from each University were invited to produce a print edition that would examine how technology has expanded conceptual and procedural possibilities for making prints. The exchange exhibition has run in conjunction with the Just Press Print exhibition that has been on show at MICA from 11th Dec 2015 to the 13th March 2016.
The student exchange exhibition will be on show in the USA from 31st March -12th April 2016 and will be hosted by Gallery CA in the city of Baltimore. The reciprocal exhibition in the UK will be exhibited at the University of the West of England in the Bower Ashton Campus, F- Block Gallery from the 4th – 8th April 2016 (P.V. Thursday 7th April, 5pm – 7pm). The exhibition will also be exhibited in the city of Bristol at Gallery Twenty Two from the 22nd – 29th April 2016 (P.V. Friday 22nd April, 5pm – 8pm).
The UK contribution to the group exhibition will bring together UWE students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level from three different Art and Design disciplines. Print processes include lithography, relief, screenprint, inkjet, digital embroidery and more novel additions to these processes such the integration of a Raspberry Pi LCD Screen (including speaker) mounted behind a screenprinted image. Participating students include:
BA Illustration: Olivia Beckett, Tom Handy, Jono Kamester, Steve McCarthy and Willem Purdy
BA Graphic Design: Jamie Burns, Ruth Irvine, Evangelina Papadopoulos, Eleanor Elliott-Rathbone and Matilda Scott.
MA Printmaking: Stuart Cannell, Nick Greenglass, Judy Lau, Jono Sandilands and Stephanie Turnbull
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To develop a cohesive theme for the group the fifteen invited students from UWE were given a technologically informed brief that would raise questions around a postdigital context for the printed image and how a specific graphic art discipline such as Illustration, Graphic Design or Printmaking may contribute to this discourse. As part of the project students were asked to produce a limited edition of six prints, document their making process and answer three questions that would prompt responses (as makers) to the relationships between concept, context and production. The significance of revealing the contributing factors involved in creating a printed artwork provides an educational component for the exhibition, but the narrative can also be enlightening and surprising in offering insights into the true nature of creative endeavours. The narrative and supporting evidence from these activities will be used to produce a publication of the students work for the exhibition entitled #LookingThroughTheEyesOfMachinesAsStudents.
Participating students from MICA BA Printmaking includes: Kaitlin Beebe, Amelia Bombace, Evan Christopherson, Kaitlyn Conte, M. McCallum Dickens, Jackson Farley, Alexandra Harmel, Alexandria Henry, Dasom Kim, Ema Koch, Dan Langston, Aida Ramirez, Amber Rhein, Isabel Rosen-Hamilton, Madison Scillian and Morgan Strahorn.