SGCI Education Panel – The New Curriculum: A wake-up call to printmaking in academia

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Location: Hyatt Grand Ballroom B & C
Date/Time: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 – 10:00am
Organizer:  Cassandra Hooper
Presenters:  Amze Emmons, Adriane Herman, Joseph Scheer

The conventional understanding that printmaking is secondary behind painting, sculpture and photography persists.  Are we, printmakers, too passive when it comes to changing the critical dialogue about our media?  What can be done in pedagogy to disarm the stigma that continues to keep printmakers struggling for equal acceptance in the art world?  To what extent is changing the discourse surrounding printmaking the responsibility of academics?  As college studio art programs make the shift away from the traditional skill-based teaching model, how are printmaking departments figuring themselves into the equation?

The imperative to change the status quo must come from the bottom up.  Art students, our future art professionals, will mimic the same prevailing and entrenched preconceptions about printmaking unless we academics change the way it is taught at the institution.  This panel will zero in on how educators plan to meet the challenge of teaching printmaking for the next generation.

Amze Emmons is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist.  His recent exhibits include solo shows at Park Life, San Francisco; Kesting Ray, New York; Space 1026, Philadelphia; OHT Gallery, Boston; and the Works on Paper Gallery, Philadelphia.  Emmons has received numerous awards including a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation; Individual Creative Artist Fellowship, Pennsylvania Arts Council and a Fellowship at MacDowell Colony. Emmons has received critical attention in New American Paintings, as well as many other print and online publications.  He is currently an Associate Professor at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Emmons is also a co-founder and co-contributing editor of the popular art blog, Printeresting.org.

Adriane Herman studies the trajectory from intention to action.  Solo exhibitions include Adam Baumgold Gallery, Western Exhibitions, Kansas City, Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Rose Contemporary. Group exhibition venues include The Dalarnas Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Chapel Street Gallery at Yale University, The Ulrich Museum, H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, and International Print Center New York.  Herman’s work has been collected by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, The Progressive Corporation, and The Walker Art Center. She seeks to normalize consumption of fine art through Slop Art and projects undertaken with students at Maine College of Art.

Joseph Scheer is a Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Print Media and Co-Director/Founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, New York. His current works, which span print media, video and web based projects, use technology to re-examine nature through interpretive collecting and visual recording. Recent exhibits include: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, the National Museum of China, Beijing, and The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois. He has two books published about his work: Night Visions, the Secret Designs of Moths and Night Flyers. His work has been written about in over 120 books and periodicals including: National Geographic, the New York Times, Flaunt, ArtNews, ArtForum, Science, Nature, Seed, Forbes, US Air Attaché, American Photo, DER SPIEGEL, The Chronicle for Higher Education and The Ganzfield.

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