IMPRESSIONS: A Professor / Student Collaborative

March 12 – April 17, 2016

Chris FlynnWichita State University is home to a nationally-acclaimed printmaking program, built on a foundation of outstanding faculty who have trained scores of students over many decades. The print media program at WSU’s School of Art, Design and Creative Industries provides students with comprehensive instruction in all areas of printmaking. Studio courses focus on technical proficiency, presenting both historic and contemporary techniques that build on a sensitive engagement with the broad reach and deep potential of printed work. Advanced students are expected to pursue both disciplined studies in traditional techniques as well as add printmaking tools and processes to a multi-disciplinary practice, towards the creation of work that obscures the traditional boundaries of printed works on paper.

WSU’s printmaking program has a long history of producing collaborative portfolios. Flying Roller Press was the department’s imprint between about 1993 and 2007, under the direction of John Boyd. These portfolios were most often the work of Boyd and WSU graduate printmaking students, however, periodically portfolios were produced with other university presses including Fort Hayes State University in Kansas and the University of South Dakota.

IMPRESSIONS: A Professor / Student Collaborative revives this long tradition of communal portfolio making at Wichita State University. Conceived by MFA candidate Landon Schmidt under the tutelage of Assistant Professor Humberto Saenz, the exhibition involves the participation of fourteen academic programs. Partner schools range from the University of North Texas, to Columbia College, Chicago, to the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. Each partner program paired a faculty member with a student (both undergraduate and graduate), who each produced the requisite thirty prints. These have now been combined into thirty completed portfolios—each including the works of all twenty-eight artists. All artists receive a complete portfolio, and the WSU School of ADCI Print Media program holds two additional sets for future study and exhibition.

IMAGE: Chris Flynn, Endedandin, 2015. Copperplate Photogravure with chine colle, 14 x 18 in.