Red Press printmaking program on campus this week

Mocking the Omen

“Mocking the Omen” by Michael Barnes, guest artist at this week’s Red Press Collaborative program at YSU.

Youngstown State University Art Department’s next installment of the Red Press Collaborative program is Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 in the printmaking studio, Room 4025 of Bliss Hall on the YSU campus. Patrons may stop by any time during the week to observe the printmaking process.

“The Red Press Collaborative is named for the actual press, an American made Takach lithography press, located in the print making studio, which is red, but also for the fact that this is a collaborative project whereby students have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from professional artists,” said Greg Moring, Art department chair.

YSU students will collaborate with guest artist and printmaker Michael Barnes, to produce a limited edition lithograph. Students will work with Barnes to make his initial concept a finished print and will also print T-shirts with Barnes’ imagery. Printmaking will take place throughout the week, tentatively from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prints and T-shirts will be pre-sold during the event. Shirts are $12.50 while the limited edition prints are $125.

In addition, Barnes will present a lecture about his work at the McDonough Museum of Art at 4  p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1. All events are free and open to the public.

The Red Press Collaborative is a program designed to promote fine art printmaking at YSU and in the Mahoning Valley. A limited edition print is created through the collaboration between a visiting guest artist of international scope assisted by YSU art students. Various printmaking methods, such as Intaglio, Relief, Lithography, Screenprint, and Digital Printing will be utilized and showcased throughout the program.

At the conclusion of the print making event, Barnes’ finished print will be available for purchase by subscription. A yearly subscription entitles the holder to a signed, numbered, and fully documented print created during the collaborative event. All proceeds from the subscription will support the YSU printmaking program and the print collaboration itself.

“Print collaboration in its tradition, has fostered relationships between professional artists and students, using the most contemporary and comprehensive printmaking concepts available,” said Joe D’Uva, assistant professor, Printmaking. “The Red Press Collaborative is a means towards creating these interactions and educating future fine art printmakers. We are excited about this year’s guest artist and look forward to both the print and the T-shirt image, both of which are unknown until the process begins.”

Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. For more information, call 330-941-3627 or email

Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Alma College, Michigan, and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, both with a focus on printmaking. He is currently a professor in the Printmaking program at Northern Illinois University, where he has taught since 1998. His work is currently represented by the Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion, Iowa, and Cervini Haas Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz. Additionally, his work has been exhibited in more 100 competitive group exhibitions, including exhibitions in Wales, Poland, Taiwan, Estonia, Japan, Romania, Finland, and the Republic of Macedonia.