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    The Fine Art Printmaking department introduces a new class

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    ZINES: TECHNIQUES FOR COMMUNICATION & EXPRESSION

    Ever wanted to make a zine, using Xerox and Risograph? Zines are a way to create editioned content in a reproducible and accessible format. We’ll investigate the history of zines, develop all sorts of content while exploring different formats of this democratic medium. Great for Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, Photographers and anyone looking to explore ideas through text and imagery. 

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    Study Abroad Florence, Italy

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    2016 Fine Art Auction

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    Preview
    November 10–11
    10 a.m.–6 p.m.

    Reception & Live Auction
    Saturday, November 12, 2016
    2 p.m. - Reception begins
    3 p.m. - Live auction begins

    Silent Auction
    Ends approximately 30 minutes after close of live auction

    Where
    AAU Galleries at The Cannery
    2801 Leavenworth St
    San Francisco, CA 94133

     

     

     

     

    Benefitting Academy of Art University's Student Scholarship Fund.


    Academy of Art instructors chosen as Small Plates book artists for 2016

    Three long time instructors from the Academy’s Fine Art department, specializing in Book Arts and Letterpress, were invited by the San Francisco Center for the Book to produce artist’s books for the Center’s Small Plates imprint. Macy Chadwick, Jennie Hinchcliff, and Bettina Pauly were chosen by a panel of board members, teachers, and community members on the strength of their proposals to create the small-scale books, in an edition size of 100.

    The books were released at a party on June 10, at the Center for the Book, in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood. At the well-attended opening, each artist spoke about her process, from conceptualization to production. In addition to the books themselves, tools and proofs from that process were on display.

    Macy Chadwick, a letterpress and book arts instructor at AAU since 2003, created a book called Input/Output. Chadwick says, “This is a book about the creative process. As artists, we gather information, text and ideas as fuel for making art. How does creative input transform into artistic output?” Her book is comprised of several folded sheets, which open up to reveal a complete image. In describing the process of designing and creating the book, Chadwick said, “Conceptually, I followed my usual mode of working—bouncing back and forth between structure, text, and idea in developing the book as a cohesive whole.” She did her printing at SFCB, rather than in her own studio, which presented both benefits and challenges. “It helped me focus on this specific project, and also gave me access to volunteers and equipment. But, I found that there was the added challenge of designing and producing the book in a public space.”

    Proclomatie is the book by Jennie Hinchcliff, who has been teaching book arts at the Academy since 2007. Her book is an homage to the early 20th century Dutch artist H.N. Werkman, using text from his 1932 manifesto on art making, and employing many of the same techniques as Werkman himself – including spontaneous design decisions, hand stamping, and printing on an iron handpress. Hinchcliff found the 4x4” size to be comfortable: “small, personal, a book that the reader can hold in their hands and connect with.” The edition size was larger than anything she had ever worked with, though. “Planning out the logistics for 75 books (and then making each book happen) was a new experience for me,” she said.

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    Fine Art Painting / Printmaking student Nina Wright

    Public Projects, Gallery Exhibitions, and HBO Documentary    

     

    Nina Wright, Fine Art Painting/ Printmaking student, is working on a wide variety of public works projects.  Nina’s signature graphic style can be seen applied to both her fine art pieces and in the public works projects popping up all over the Bay Area.  Recent gallery exhibits feature Nina’s mixed media screen print on panel works at such venues as: Know Gallery, LeQue Vive, Temescal Gallery, and Naming Gallery in Oakland. Recent public works projects include commissions from the city of Oakland for the art on utility boxes project, a commission from the Mission Street Public Life Plan as a featured artist in Art on Muni, and murals with the Clarion Alley Mural Project and a mural for the Temescal Gallery.  Look for more of Nina’s work in the 2015 documentary produced by HBO, San Francisco 2.0


    Artist Talk: Carrie Ann Plank

    Meet Bay Area artist Carrie Ann Plank on Sunday, March 20 and learn about her recent residency!

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    Sunday, March 20, 2-3pm

    Join Carrie Ann Plank as she talks about her recent residency at Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area. She'll touch on the learning curve of working with glass for the first time, the inspirations for her prints, and the process of translating imagery into glass.

    This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited—RSVP required.

    About the Artist

    Carrie Ann Plank’s work is included in public collections including the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, the Guanlan Print Art Museum in China, and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. Recent shows include American representation at the International Print Art Triennial in Sophia, Bulgaria, the Liu Haisu Museum of Fine Art in Shanghai, China, and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Guangzhou, China. 

    She is the director of the printmaking MFA & BFA Programs at the Academy of Art University and is a board member of the California Society of Printmakers. 

    Bullseye Resource Center Bay Area
    4514 Hollis Street
    Emeryville, CA 94608
    (Map this location)

    510.595.1318
    bayarea@bullseyeglass.com
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    A Quick Look: Selected Book Arts Midterm Projects

    By Chris Rolik 

    Hard to believe, but we’re halfway through Fall semester already – and that means Midterm projects are due! The following are just a few selected Midterm projects from the many different Book Arts classes running this Fall. 

    Itay Kapitulmik's game "Funded"

    Itay Kapitulmik's game "Funded"

    Itay Kapitulnik created a board game he calls “Funded”. Based on the geography of the San Francisco peninsula, the board’s playing space ranges from the bottom of Silicon Valley to the tippy top of The City. Different aspects of the game involve dealing with traffic, housing, R & D, and money, with the object of the game being to obtain enough funding to ultimately build the winning “killer app”. Itay’s awesome design skills are evident in every part of the game, including his own laser-cut Prius-shaped playing pieces. 

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    Apinya Srikhwanthong used skills she developed by taking the Paper Sculpture class (taught by Jeff Nishinaka) to create her sculptural altered book entitled “Life’s a Beach so Relax and Eat More Lobster!” She colored, shaped, and built her lovely lobster and his garnish, which she then placed into an old, obsolete coffee table book she’d hollowed out and painted – a process that, as Apinya will attest to, takes a whole lot longer than you’d think! The end result is a sculptural book transformation that is simply magical. 

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    Celia Cueto Morilla used her own photographs assembled in layered collage compositions reminiscent of the Dadaists in her three tunnel books entitled “Air, Earth, Water”. The tunnel book structure utilizes depth and layering, and must be handled and manipulated to be fully experienced. This interaction is mesmerizing because it is so toy-like, and is the perfect vehicle for Celia’s delightfully whimsical compositions. 

    This is just a small sample of the exceptional work produced by Book Arts students each semester. The Book Arts class (in the Printmaking Department, which is in the Fine Art Department) is open to all majors and all skill levels, with no prerequisites. Do come join us! Thanks to Itay, Apinya, and Celia for the use of their images, and congrats to all on a job well done! 


    Alumni Excels at Roadworks Printing Festival by Meri Brin

    Each year, the San Francisco Center for the Book hosts the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. Artists, Printmakers, Book Artists and enthusiasts all come together to visit with vendors, play with equipment, make pieces of art at do-it-yourself tables, and watch as a 7-ton 1924 Buffalo Springfield steamroller prints 3 foot by 3 foot large hand-carved linoleum blocks. This was the 12th year of the event, and quite a few of the Academy of Art’s alumni were there participating and celebrating. 

    Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

    Vendors and shoppers enjoy guitar playing as well

    Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

    Leah Jachimowicz, Coffee n Cream Press

    MFA Printmaking Alumni Leah Jachimowicz, owner of Coffee n Cream Press, is a one-woman printmaking powerhouse. Leah designs and prints greeting cards and artwork. She also enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations. Leah participates in many street fairs and art events around San Francisco, selling her unique designs directly to art lovers. She also has over a dozen stores in California, and even one in Louisiana, that stock and sell her cards. Leah enjoys working directly with clients creating custom wedding invitations

     

    Ryan Vicente

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    Ryan Vicente’s print.

    Ryan Vicente’s print.

    This year BFA Printmaking Alumni Ryan Vicente agreed to carve of Steamroller’s large scale linoleum blocks. He transferred his drawing to the “battleship” linoleum, then spent about a week of long days and evenings carving the image into the block. Ryan proofed the block in small sections as he was carving it in his studio, but had to wait until the day of the event to see the whole image. Using the surface of the street as the press bed, a team of San Francisco Center for the Book volunteers inked up the block, laid it on the ground in a designated spot, and watched as the steamroller ran over it, transferring the ink from the block to the paper that was laid on top. The prints, once dry, are then available to purchase through San Francisco Center for the Book. If you missed this exciting event, be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s Steamroller! 

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    The steamroller.

    Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

    Volunteers remove the paper from the inked linoleum.

    The final print.

    The final print.


    Academy Students Shine at the Book Club of California

    Article by Chris Rolik

    On Monday April 13th The Book Club of California hosted their annual Student Showcase and Pop-Up Exhibition featuring Bay Area Book Arts students from SFAI, Mills College, City College of San Francisco, and the Academy of Art University. Participating Academy students in this year’s event were Grad student Yishu Wang and Undergrad Keisha Mrotek, both Printmaking majors.

    Students were asked to each present a formal five-minute PowerPoint slide show representing an overview of their current work. 

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    Each student was also given table space to set up a display of their bookworks and related art. The students were able to chat informally with guests and show their work both before and after their presentations.

    The work shown was varied and fascinating. Among the works AAU students displayed were Keisha Mrotek’s politically satirical “Humiliate Them”, a mix-and-match card game based on the Dadaist “Exquisite Corpse”, images separated into segments that can be rearranged to create new, absurd combinations; and Yishu Wang’s 

    L’Isle Joyeaux”, an approximately 6-foot-long accordion book structure comprised of her series of complex, multi-layered screenprinted images inspired by the musical composition of the same name. Our Academy students gave stellar presentations.

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    Fine Art Printmaking Guest Lecture Series continues with a visit from Paul Mullowney

    by Carrie Ann Plank, Director of Fine Art- Printmaking MFA & BFA

     

    Paul Mullowney of Crown Point Press and Mullowney Printing came to the Fine Art Department for a lecture and workshop on to demonstrate traditional Japanese chine-collé techniques and refined approaches for intaglio printing.  Mullowney lived in Japan for an extended period and is considered a master at eastern chine-collé techniques. In the informative workshop, he discussed conservation issues relating to adhesives, eastern paper properties, and he demonstrated proper approaches to chine-collé.  Students were also given a tutorial on Mullowney’s master printer approach to wiping plates to achieve the richest image. Mullowney also gave a lecture on the exciting array of projects executed at Mullowney Printing including examples by well-known contemporary artists such as Sandow Birk.

    Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on their own printmaking projects. 

     


    Students reap the benefits of annual printmaking conference

    by Dennis Peterson. Printmaking Faculty/Printmaking Studio Manager

        

    Coming off the heels of last year’s Southern Graphics Conference International hosted by the Academy of Art University, printmaking and graphic design students ventured to Knoxville, Tennessee, the sight of this year’s annual event.

    “SGCI was a really great opportunity to meet other printmakers, see what's being produced in the community, and learn new techniques,” states Jen Wright, undergraduate Printmaking Major in the Fine Art Department. 

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    “Between demos, lectures, and gallery shows there's so much happening that it can be overwhelming, but in the best way because it's something I love. In essence, SGCI is like ComiCon for printmakers,” says Wright.

    Several printmaking students were able to attend this year’s conference thanks in part to their hard work at last years S.F. event. A letterpress and bookmaking project at last year’s event, entitled SPAN, was the brainchild of printmaking and book arts 

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