March 1, 2012

The Collaborative Print: An Island Press Master Class with Trenton Doyle Hancock

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

Collaboration can be a dynamic force in the work of any artist, particularly printmakers. This three-week workshop provides participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment of workshop printing at the Sam Fox School’s Island Press as they collaborate with Trenton Doyle Hancock, the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist, and master printer Tom Reed.

During the first week, participants will focus on a print project with Hancock, working with the artist to choose strategies and techniques that play on the concepts and strengths in his work. Under the guidance of Reed, participants will also serve as hands-on assistants throughout the process, helping Hancock to arrive at a finished print.

Following Hancock’s residency, participants will look closely at technical and conceptual aspects of the collaborative printmaking environment, with plenty of time focused on studio research and the development of an exchange portfolio in response to the project.

This 3-credit workshop will take place daily from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, with occasional evening lectures. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as interested print professionals.

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Questions? Contact Belinda Lee at [email protected] or 314.935.4643

About Trenton Doyle Hancock
Trenton Doyle Hancock’s prints, drawings, and collaged felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Each new work is a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning.

His work was featured in the Whitney Biennial in both 2000 and 2002, and in solo exhibitions at the University of South Florida, Tampa; the Savannah College of Art and Design; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.

About Island Press
Island Press is a research-based printmaking workshop at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University that is committed to creating and publishing innovative prints and multiples, educating students and the broader community about print media, and advancing the printmaking field.

About the Sam Fox School:
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary and diverse community of architects, artists, and designers dedicated to excellence in learning, creative activity, research, and exhibition. Our unique structure allows us to build on the strengths of each unit—Art, Architecture, and Museum—and to draw on the resources of Washington University to create new knowledge and address the social and environmental challenges of our time.

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