Printmaker Matthew Hopeson-Walker meets with students in Bliss Hall last week as part of the Red Press Collaborative, a program designed to promote fine art printmaking at YSU and in the Mahoning Valley.
YSU Art students collaborated with guest artist Hopson-Walker, to produce a limited edition lithograph. Students worked with the artist to make his initial concept a finished print and will also print tee shirts with Hopson-Walker’s imagery.
Greg Moring, chair of Art, said the Red Press Collaborative is named for the actual press, an American made Takach lithography press, located in the print making studio. The press is red to honor YSU and legendary Tamarind Master Printers Bill Lagattuta and Jeffery Sippel.
“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.”