MILLEDGEVILLE — Printmaking is an age-old tradition with variations that date back centuries to Europe and Asia. Its techniques such as woodcutting, engraving and etching require great patience, skill and a masterful hand and eye.
The Georgia College Art Department will bring the artform to the general public Thursday, March 14, with a printmaking open house event at the AGL Miller Annex.
As a celebration of print and art, the event also serves as an opportunity to experience the imaginative inspiration of printmaking.
“Ultimately my goal with the open house is to celebrate with the community, school and the students what is going on in the printmaking program in the art department at Georgia College and engage people in dialog related to printmaking as an art form,” said Crystal Wagner, assistant professor in Georgia College’s Art Department.
The program will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. and will offer several opportunities to not only showcase the beauty of printmaking but also encourage others to participate in the creation of the art form.
“The open house exposes people to printmaking and celebrates the unique and varied aspects of the medium,” said Wagner.
During the event attendees will have the opportunity to watch students demonstrate a wide range of printmaking processes, including: monoprint, etching, screen print and relief. Along with the demonstrations, those in attendance will be able to take part in the print process and make their own prints.
“Most people pass by this amazing printshop every day and don’t even realize what we do in it,” Wagner said. “Because of printmaking’s unique studio space, students work alongside others as they build and create their artwork.”
This year, in conjunction with the open house, there will also be a visiting artist. Angela Malchionno is an artist from St. Louis, Mo. who works in print media, fiber and installation. Her work will be on display at the event as well as prints created by Georgia College students. If any of the prints catch visitors’ eyes, they will also have the opportunity to purchase prints as well as T-shirts made by students in support of student research.
In addition to the print activities, two local bands will also perform — Tha Hugs and Surveyor.
The event is free and open to the public and all ages are welcome to come and participate. All activities will take place at the AGL Miller Annex located on the corner of Wayne and Thomas streets.
“Any opportunity to share what we are doing at the college with the community is fantastic and I am super excited about this year’s event,” said Wagner.
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