UMCA Presents Program on the Art of Printmaking

Lyell Castonguay
Liz Chalfin
Mikael Petraccia

Three expert printmakers will discuss the art of printmaking on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the University Museum of Contemporary Art.

The practice of printmaking over the last decades is no longer considered the poor cousin to painting, sculpting or photography but is coming out of the shadow as an individual art form. In fact, creating prints offers a wide range of approaches and techniques that are both demanding and stimulating, stretching artistic explorations and processes. In conjunction with the exhibition “The Art of Collecting: Contemporary Prints from the Risa Gerrig Collection,” UMCA invited Lyell Castonguay, Liz Chalfin and Mikael Petraccia to discuss contemporary approaches to printmaking in a program titled “Lasting Impressions: Contemporary Printmaking.”

Castonguay is aprinter and director of the print collective BIG INK, who works with very large scale woodcuts. His influences include Antonio Frasconi, Leonard Baskin, Bruce Waldman and Christopher Hartshorne.

Chalfin is director and resident artist at non-toxic Zea Mays Printmaking Studio and conducts workshops and teaches safe printmaking practices. She has been visiting artist in the Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, Bowdoin College, San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana and was juror of the 86th Annual Honolulu Printmakers’ exhibition.

Petracciateaches digital intaglio, digital print processes and media, silkscreen and master printer as part of  a multi-disciplinary print class at the art department. His work was recently shown at the APE Gallery in Northampton.