Artwork by two printmakers who graduated from Fort Hays State University will be featured in the 2006 Alumni Art Exhibition in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art from Sept. 29 to Oct. 27.
Dusty Herbig earned a bachelor of fine art in printmaking in 1996, and John Swindler earned his BFA in printmaking in 1999.
Herbig is currently in his first year as an assistant professor of art instructing all printmaking courses at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. He was a printmaking lecturer at University of Wisconsin from 2002-2003, where he also earned his master of fine arts degree in graphics in 2002. Herbig has also held positions at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2003-2004, and Bowling Green University, 2004-2006. He is a native of Hays.
Swindler has been an assistant professor of art at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, since 2004. He instructs drawing, lithography, relief and serigraphy printmaking. Swindler earned his master of fine arts at Southern Illinois University. He was a graduate teaching assistant at Southern Illinois from 2000-2003. Swindler is a native of Pratt.
Swindler and Herbig exhibit extensively in competitive, invitational and one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad.
"This will be a unique exhibit including the work of several other alumni that served as printmaking lab assistants to either Frank Nichols or Gordon Sherman while earning
their degrees at FHSU," said Mick Jilg professor of art and director of the Moss-Thorns.
Each invited alumni will have one piece included in this exhibit. All exhibiting artists are also included in a portfolio exchange with one another and will each receive a print from every other artist plus one of their own. Extra prints are included in the edition to be framed for this exhibit. Two print portfolios will go to the FHSU Art Department printmaking archives.
Portfolio exchanges are usually based on a particular theme, said Jilg. The theme for this portfolio is "There's a New Sheriff in Town."
Other artists included in the portfolio exchange are Brogan Lasley, education coordinator for the Mulvane Museum and instructor of art education at Washburn University, from Ozawkie; Jilg; Marvin Kitten, free lance artist, Lawrence; Daniele Jones, artist and designer, Irving, Texas; Cory Knedler, Art Department chair, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D.; Micah Craven, graduate assistant of printmaking, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss; Dagan E. Sherman, graduate assistant of printmaking, Wichita State University, Wichita; Crystal Hammerschmidt, free lance artist, Hays; Craig Calnan, artist, Joplin, Mo.; Adam Moos, instructor of art, Olathe High School, Olathe; and Brian Hutchinson, K-12 instructor of art, Meade.
A formal reception is sheduled for the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art located on the first floor of Rarick Hall on the FHSU campus.