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Exhibits on 17th-century printmaking, book arts open Aug. 31 at Herron

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August 13, 2012

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An exhibit on 17th century printmaking and another exhibit on the bookmaking arts, including letterpressing and papermaking, will round out the summer gallery offerings at Herron School of Art and Design.

“Both Sides of the Brain: An International Mezzotint Portfolio Exchange and Exhibition” runs through Sept. 18 in the Marsh Gallery of Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St. Curated by Herron alumnus Aaron Coleman (BFA, printmaking, ’09), “Both Sides of the Brain” features mezzotint prints by 17 internationally established artists, including Michael Barnes, Julie Niskanen, Linda Whitney and Kouki Tsuritani. The exhibition explores ideas of duality through abstract, hyper-realistic, conceptual and illustrative works.

Mezzotint printmaking dates back to the mid-1600s. The technique involves a small, toothed tool called a rocker, which artists use to painstakingly make thousands of impressions on a metal printing plate.

The second opening exhibit, “It's a Book!” curated by Karen Baldner, a Herron adjunct faculty member, showcases work produced in the 2011-12 school year by students who graduated with Herron’s newly established minor in book arts.

Baldner said her students learned to integrate various book-binding approaches -- from traditional to unconventional -- into their work and experiment with letterpress and papermaking, which can be integrated into book structures or exist as expressive forms in their own right.

Participating artists include Nic Arvin, Stefanie Barlow, Jessye Calkin, Josiah Cezares, Anna Clinch, Jessica Duncan, Zuri Fruin, Jayne Glick, Katherine Hahn, Ashten Houpt, Jessica Leonard, Jessica Kartes, Casey Mitscher, Doug Mohler, Dominic Senibaldi, Amanda Stirn , Sarah Spomer, Erin Trimble, Ashley Windbigler, Catherine Vorholzer and Jamie White.

“It's a Book!” runs through Sept. 29 in the Basile Gallery of Eskenazi Hall.

Also continuing through Sept 12 in the main galleries is the biennial Herron Faculty Show, which opened Aug. 10.