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Printmaking Workshop for Early-Career Scholars

Call for Applications:
Printmaking Workshop for Early-Career Scholars
Sponsored by the Association of Print Scholars (APS)
Providence, RI, May 20-21, 2016

Knowledge of printmaking techniques is integral to a scholarly understanding the field. Print enthusiasts frequently find it necessary to “dissect” a print—count the number of layers used in a screenprint, examine the fineness of a line in a woodcut, or guess how many plates were implemented in the printing of a color etching. Despite this inherent focus on process, many scholars have never had the opportunity to make a print themselves due to issues of time, funding, or resources.

The Association of Print Scholars (APS) is pleased to announce a two-day intensive workshop that will provide early-career scholars with a brief introduction to printmaking techniques. The workshop will begin with a kickoff reception on Thursday evening at Cade Tompkins Projects, a gallery that represents contemporary printmakers including Daniel Heyman, Allison Bianco, and Nancy Friese.

Participants will spend the first day focusing on intaglio processes, with a special presentation on engraving by Andrew Raftery, Professor of Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), held at Overpass Projects, a new printshop founded by RISD printmaking MFA alumni. The second day will focus on lithography. The workshop will be led by Brian Shure, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in Printmaking at RISD, and a former master printer at Crown Point Press. The number of participants will be limited to ensure a hands-on experience with each demonstration and access to individualized attention.

Who: Graduate students currently enrolled in art history, visual culture, or material culture doctoral programs in the United States or early-career professionals who graduated within the last ten years. Applicants must be members of APS.

Fees: Participants will be responsible for travel expenses to Providence and lodging. Stipends will be offered, by application, to offset these costs for those without institutional support.

Application: To apply, please submit the following documents:

a brief statement (500 words or less) describing your research and how it would be enriched by this workshop
a current CV
one letter of reference (sent directly to
a proposed budget for your expenses (only required if you would like to be considered for a stipend)

Please send your application as a single PDF attachment to with the subject line “Providence printmaking workshop.” Applications are due by January 31, 2016. Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2016.

This workshop is sponsored by a generous grant from The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation.

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