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The Lawrence Lithography Workshop: 40 Years in Prints

Belger Arts is pleased to announce The Lawrence Lithography Workshop: 40 Years in Prints. This exhibition will feature highlights of many national and local artists in collaboration with master printmaker, Michael Sims.

Michael Sims established The Lawrence Lithography Workshop in 1979 in Lawrence, Kansas as a contract printing and teaching facility for local and regional artists. At the time, it was one of the very few independent presses in the Midwest providing a place where artists with little or no printmaking experience could collaborate with a master printer to produce hand-pulled lithographs. Over time, the workshop evolved with an increased emphasis on publishing regional and national artists. Today, most projects are done on an invitational basis with TLLW acting as the primary publisher or co-publisher, though contract printing remains a significant part of the business.

Sims received his M.F.A. in printmaking in 1971 from Ohio University and began teaching lithography at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He has also taught at Western Michigan University, Centro de Eñsenafiza Graficas (Center for the Study of Graphic Arts) in Caracas, Venezuela and Western New Mexico University. In 1978, he left KU to work as an assistant at Landfall Press in Chicago. In 1997 Sims closed the shop in Lawrence and moved the facility to Sunland Park, New Mexico; one more move in 2001 relocated the shop to its current location in Kansas City, MO. This facility boasts a large press room with 2 electric flatbed litho presses and an etching press, as well as an exhibition gallery.

To date, The Lawrence Lithography Workshop has collaborated with over 100 artists from across the United States. Among them are: Ron Adams, Anthony Baab, Nick Bubash, Paul Brach, Susan Davidoff, Archie Scott Gobber, Julie Green, Robert Green, Edward Henderson, Peregrine Honig, Tom Huck, Benito Huerta, Gesine Janzen, Luis Jiménez, Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, Mike Lyon, Alden Mason, Marcie Miller Gross, John Newman, Ed Paschke, Zigmunds Priede, Warren Rosser, Miriam Schapiro, Roger Shimomura, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Robert Stackhouse, Robert Sudlow, Akio Takamori, Theodore Waddell, Patti Warashina, William Wiley, and Andrzej Zielinski.

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