Silver Lake College to show 'Really Big Prints'

Posted On September 12, 2017

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By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College will show the exhibit, “Really Big Prints,” from Sept. 25 through Oct. 27 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

How big are these prints? They’re so big that it took a steamroller to make them. The 60-foot-by-32-foot prints are the result of the three-day event hosted at the UW-Manitowoc campus last year.

“I was fortunate to attend the ‘Really Big Prints’ event in 2016 and had a chance to meet the artists, watch the process and the revealing of the final works,” said Erin LaBonte, SLC’s associate professor of art and art department co-chair. “I hope that those who are unfamiliar with this project will take the time to stop out at Silver Lake College to take a peek. It’s really a neat collaboration and a beautiful exhibit.”

More than 30 artists from all over the country came to participate in the printmaking event, in which the works were pressed onto large sheets of paper from carved wood blocks in the campus parking lot. The steamrollers were donated by the city of Manitowoc and the prints were exhibited at the city’s Rahr-West Art Museum.

Organizer Berel Lutsky, professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc will give a guest artist talk about the show from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the gallery.

The joint project was spearheaded by Lutsky; Katie Ries, assistant professor of art at St. Norbert College in De Pere; and Benjamin D. Rinehart, associate professor of art at Lawrence University Wriston Art Center in Appleton. Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum of Two Rivers also contributed its expertise.

Another printmaking event will take place July 11‐14, 2018 at UW-Manitowoc and resulting prints will be shown at the Rahr-­West Art Museum.

Silver Lake College’s art gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is free and open to the public.

PHOTO: “Really Big Prints” postcard/Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc