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IU's printmaking program: A legacy poised for growth

Nov. 13, 2014

IU's printmaking program has been considered one of the top programs of its kind for more than 30 years.

The program was nitiated and developed by internationally known fine-art printmaker Rudy Pozzatti in 1956, and it's stature grew when IU's Echo Press was formed in 1978. The press printed for a host of well-known artists before closing in 1995, and the program's alumni include respected artists who have won Guggenheims and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, received numerous distinguished teaching awards, chair departments across the country and exhibit both nationally and internationally.   

This fall, the program hosted "Midwest Matrix: Continuum," a symposium celebrating Midwestern printmaking and the importance of IU in its development. The event attracted about 300 people to the Bloomington campus. 

The printmaking program's facilities, located in the Central Stores annex at 1026 E. 11th St., boast more than 12,000 square feet of studio space and state-of-the-art equipment, allowing students to work with methodologies ranging from the 15th through the 21st  centuries.

Associate professor Tracy Templeton now heads the program, working alongside visiting assistant professors Brandon Gunn and Ellie Honl.

"As a pivitol component of the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, the printmaking program has been increasing its international outreach and recognition," Templeton said. "With its established facilities, diverse faculty and legacy of excellence, IU's printmaking program is widely recognized, nationally acclaimed and easily poised for further growth as one of international leaders in the discipline." 

This year, the program will bring four international print media artists to campus: Walter Jule and Karen Dugas from Canada, Ingrid Ledent from Belgium and Alicia Candiani from Argentina. 

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