Mexican printmaker is guest artist for YSU Red Press Collaborative April 4-8

Humberto Saenz

Humberto Saenz

The Department of Art at Youngstown State University announces a new Red Press Collaborative installment featuring guest artist Humberto Saenz beginning Monday, April 4 through April 8 in Room 4025 of Bliss Hall on campus.

Visitors are welcome any day during the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to observe the printmaking process. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in Room 4025 of Bliss Hall.

All events are free and open to the public.

Saenz is a Mexican printmaker currently residing in Wichita, Kansas. He holds the position of assistant professor, graduate faculty and area head of Print Media at Wichita State University.

Saenz exhibits his artwork extensively throughout the United States and abroad in solo, juried, and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include the Flatbed Contemporary Art Fair 2015, Austin, Texas; Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas; Leopoldo Carpinteyro Gallery of IMNRC Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, México; Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas; and the Center for the Arts Bosque Gallery in Cypress, Texas.

"Amago De Color" by Humberto Saenz.

“Amago De Color” by Humberto Saenz.

YSU art students will collaborate with Saenz to produce a limited edition lithograph as well as a tee shirt. Printmaking will take place throughout the week, and prints and tee shirts will be pre-sold during the event. Shirts are $15 while the limited edition prints are $125. All proceeds will support students of the YSU printmaking program and the print collaboration itself.

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.

Greg Moring, chair of the Art Department, noted, “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 (to honor YSU and legendary Tamarind Master Printers Bill Lagattuta and Jeffery Sippel), but also for the fact that this is a collaborative project whereby students have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from professional artists.”

Joseph D’Uva, associate professor and area coordinator, Printmaking, said, “Print collaboration in its tradition, has fostered relationships between professional artists and students, using the most contemporary and comprehensive printmaking concepts available. 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 tee 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 330-941-2307.

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