HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Department of Art will hold its first Printmaking Invitational from Nov. 16-Dec. 14 in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art in Rarick Hall.
Gordon Sherman and Amy Schmierbach, assistant professors of art, decided to initiate the Printmaking Invitational when they had the idea to invite printmakers to exhibit art that has had a significant influence on their work and lives.
Several of the invited artists have educational ties to the FHSU professors. Artists participating in the exhibit come from across the United States and Canada. They include Mark Anderson, John Boyd, James Butler, Lise Drost, Richard Finch, Karen Kunc, Liz Maugans and Bellamy Printz.
A variety of printmaking techniques will be on display, such as etching, intaglio, lithography, digital imaging, mixed medium and installation works.
The opening reception for the exhibition will be from 7-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art.
Along with the invitational the department will offer several workshops and lectures that the public is invited to attend.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, Professor John Boyd, Wichita State University, will present a slide lecture concerning his art influences and a discussion on "The Multiple in Contemporary Art" at 6:30 p.m. in Rarick Hall, room 114. On Nov. 15, Boyd will conduct lithography and monotype demonstrations to FHSU printmaking classes in Rarick Hall, room 108.
Thursday, Nov. 15, Melissa Haviland, MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska, will present a lecture on printmaking and performance art at noon in Rarick Hall, room 114.
For more information on the exhibition or the lectures contact the FHSU Art Department at (785) 628-4247.