Noted printmaker visits campus for Red Press Collaborative

Voyage of Tyranny

Voyage of Tyranny

Printmaker Matthew Hopeson-Walker will be featured in the next installment of the Red Press Collaborative, a program designed to promote fine art printmaking at Youngstown State University and in the Mahoning Valley.

The event will run Monday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 20 in the printmaking studio, Room 4015, Bliss Hall, on the YSU campus. Patrons may stop by any day from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. to observe the printmaking process.

YSU art students will collaborate with guest artist Hopson-Walker, to produce a limited edition lithograph. Students will work with the artist to make his initial concept a finished print and will also print tee shirts with Hopson-Walker’s imagery. 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.

In addition, Hopson-Walker will present a lecture about his work at the McDonough Museum of Museum of art at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb.16.

All events, including the guest artist lecture, are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

“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,” said Greg Moring, chair of the Art Department at YSU.

“Print collaboration in its tradition, has fostered relationships between professional artists and students, using the most contemporary and comprehensive printmaking concepts available,” said Joseph D’Uva, associate 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 tee shirt image, both of which are unknown until the process begins.”

More information may be obtained by emailing Mr. D’Uva at or calling the Department of Art at 330-941-3627

A Knife for Every Turned Back

A Knife for Every Turned Back

Matthew Hopson-Walker Biography
Born and raised in Fresno California, Matthew Hopson-Walker received his BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. He received his MA in 2002 followed by his MFA in 2003 both from the University of Iowa. In 2006 He was recipient of the James Phelan Award in Printmaking for California born artists given through the KALA Institute. Matthew Hopson-Walker is currently teaching printmaking and drawing at College of the Sequoias and California State University-Fresno.

Hopson-Walker’s art is inspired by the complexities of adulthood as filtered through the moralizing and exaggerated emotions of childhood entertainment: video games, the Three Stooges, heavy metal, and comic books like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These works of fiction use over-the-top or exaggerated emotion to belabor a point. Beyond reinforcing a narrative, the action in these stories reflects negative emotions that are often sublimated in social situations where maintaining harmony is prized over honest expression. His work examines the consequences of having conflicting thoughts or engaging in behavior that contradicts personal, social, or moral responsibility. When those animal motives that are said to lurk beneath human ones run rampant as selfish disregard, wonton laziness, and willful ignorance. His images employ printmaking, collage, and drawing techniques in a manner that he relates metaphorically to the function of memory and experience.

His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks North Dakota, the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge Connecticut, the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte California, the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum Of Art, and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo Japan.