Moss-Thorns presents Boston Printmakers traveling exhibition

The Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art at Fort Hays State University will host an exhibition for The Boston Printmakers titled "Field Report" from Sept. 11 through Sept. 25. The exhibition will highlight the work of national and international printmakers and offers an opportunity to see high-quality contemporary printmaking in a wide range of media from across the country.

Printmaking involves creating a plate made of copper or zinc for engraving or etching; stone, used for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcuts; linoleum for linocuts; and fabric plates for screen-printing. Ink is then applied to the plate and pressed onto a medium, usually paper or cloth. Each print, or impression, is considered an original piece of artwork because it is not a reproduction of another piece of art. All of the prints in the show a FHSU are originals.

The Boston Printmakers want to make the experience available to students, so they offered the exhibition to FHSU free of charge and even paid for shipping, said Michael Jilg (pronounced yilg), professor of art.

"These are world-class artists that created the work in the exhibit," said Jilg. "The more world-view we can bring to FHSU, the better."

"We are hoping to expose more people to printmaking with this exhibition. Bringing art from all over the country can be nothing but a positive influence on students."

There are 180 pieces in the show at FHSU, which is only half of its entirety, but the Moss-Thorns Gallery doesn't have enough room to house the entire exhibition. Jilg is a member of the Boston Printmakers and might have a piece at the show.

"There's a 50-50 chance that my piece will be there, depending on which half of the show my piece is in," said Jilg.

A reception, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, will mark the exhibit's opening on Friday, Sept. 11, in Rarick Hall, room 102, on the FHSU campus.

The Boston Printmakers is a North American print alliance with a juried membership of 320 seasoned and emerging printmakers. It has a long history of producing exhibitions, events and publications promoting the understanding and appreciation of fine art printmaking. "Field Report" is a traveling members' show, organized to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Boston Printmakers.

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