Printmaking Program to Offer Spring Workshops Series

By Mara McGinnis

Release Date: March 4, 1998

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The experimental Print Imaging Center (ePIC) of the Printmaking Program in the University at Buffalo Department of Art will host a spring series of three day-long workshops in Room B37 of the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

The workshops, which will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., are appropriate for beginners, as well as more experienced artists, and will be taught by artists who specialize in the specified media.

• "The Monotype and Movable Collagraph." This workshop on March 20 will be taught by UB print technician Jeff Sherven, who will cover the basics of making prints. Sherven's work has been exhibited in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and the Erie Art Museum. He has been teaching various printmaking courses for the past 10 years.

• "Vegetable Fiber Paper-Making." Egyptian artist Ahmed Soliman will host this workshop on April 3. This ancient method of papyrus paper-making will be revised through the use of everyday garden vegetables and updated by combining contemporary Western paper-making techniques. Soliman, who serves on the faculty of Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt, is a doctoral candidate at Buffalo State College.

• "An Artist's Book." Learn how to incorporate creative work in a unique artists' book format in a workshop to be conducted on April 17 by book artist Carol Schwartzott. She will explore the various physical properties of the artists' book, including formatting and simple binding. Schwartzott's work has been featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute, the National Gallery of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in private collections worldwide.

The cost for each workshop, in which materials are included, is $30 for students and ePIC participants and $50 for the public. Pre-registration is required. Curious onlookers are welcome. To register and for more information, call Jeff Sherven at 645-6878, ext. 1369.