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"Out of Print" Art Exhibition at Merrill-Cazier Library

Tuesday, May. 08, 2018


“Out of Print” artwork

Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library presents “Out of Print,” part of Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibition Program, on exhibition now through Sunday, June 3, in the library’s main atrium.

“Out of Print” represents 25 of Utah’s finest professional artists using the medium of printmaking to create lithographic, intaglio and relief prints. In the early 1990s, master printers Wayne Kimball, Todd Frye and Doug Himes provided an opportunity for their students at Brigham Young University to observe working artists confronting and solving creative problems in their studios.

In many cases, the students and professional artists had mastered other media but had no prior experience in printmaking. Each artist worked collaboratively with the master printers at Brigham Young University to explore printmaking media while creating a limited-edition print for this exhibit.

Most of the work was created in the printmaking workshops of BYU’s Department of Art. Each piece was designed and drawn directly on printed elements or plates by each artist; 46 impressions of each print were created. All other proofs and impressions related to the project were destroyed when the printing elements were effaced or altered in such a way as to render subsequent printing of similar editions impossible. Thus, the title “Out of Print” signifies that these exact images can never be reproduced.

Printmaking is a fine art using varied techniques and materials to produce multiple “original” works of art. Each piece is considered an original, since it is not a reproduction of another work of art, and is technically known as an impression. Works printed from a single plate create an edition; most are signed and numbered to form a limited edition.

The scope of subjects in “Out of Print” is expansive. The western landscape, elements of the natural world, animal favorites, commonplace objects, the human figure and the role of symbolism are investigated. 

The exhibit artists represent a breadth of schools, ranging from the super-realism of Edie Roberson to the Mormon Art and Belief movement of Doug Himes. Lee Deffenbach and Tony Smith studied at the Arts Students League in New York City, and Deffenbach studied in Florence on a Fulbright scholarship. Wulf Eric Barsch received the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome in 1975. The work of Paul H. Davis has been featured at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Amerika Haus in Hamburg, Germany. Portrayed in a Life magazine article as a prominent American artist, Doug Snow’s work hangs in collections throughout the United States, including those of the Museums of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco. 

“Out of Print” will be shown in the atrium of the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University, Logan, from April 26, 2018 to June 3, 2018. The Library’s hours may be found at www.library.usu.edu. Accompanying educational materials are available. For more information on viewing the exhibition, please call 435-797-0668 or go to www.library.usu.edu.

About Utah Arts & Museums and the Traveling Exhibit Program

Utah Arts & Museums’ Traveling Exhibit Program is a statewide outreach program that provides schools, museums, libraries, and community galleries with the opportunity to bring curated exhibitions to their community. This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on participating in the program, please contact Fletcher Booth at fbooth@utah.gov or call 801.824.9177. For media inquiries, please contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at agrove@utah.gov or call 801.236.7548.

Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA). To enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah, DHA creates, preserves, and promotes Heritage and Arts. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

Contact Name: Gaby LeBeau, Exhibition Coordinator, Merrill-Cazier Library, gaby.lebeau@usu.edu
 





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