Brooklyn, Zombies & the News from St. Louis

Martin Lemelman, beloved Kutztown illustration faculty emeritus, shared some good news. He learned that his graphic novel, Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood was chosen by The New York Society Library  as a winner in the 2010-2011 New York City Book Awards. He didn’t even know the book was in the running. Martin was onContinue reading “Brooklyn, Zombies & the News from St. Louis”

TOM HUCK: –St. Louis Living Legend

Huck runs Evil Prints, a state-of-the art print studio in a borderline neighborhood of St, Louis. Most university print programs would envy his work space and  presses. Huck is surrounded by an entourage good-looking women, and bad-looking men. Printmakers are an odd lot. Huck is odder than most. He throws wild ‘performance’ parties. He isContinue reading “TOM HUCK: –St. Louis Living Legend”

Incoming!! Chris Dacre: WAR is FUN!

Chris Dacre (rhymes with baker) is the winner of the 2011 Sharadin Gallery Installation Residency at Kutztown University. The residency, which comes with a $10,000 budget, attracted over 150 proposals from all corners of the world.  I visited Dacre’s website to learn about his artwork. Most recently living in New Mexico, he has a BFAContinue reading “Incoming!! Chris Dacre: WAR is FUN!”

Directions to Prints Gone Wild, Secret Project Robot

Some of us from Kutztown U are heading for Prints Gone Wild 2010 at Secret Project Robot, 210 Kent, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The directions are hard to find, and according to Secret Project Robot’s website the Google directions are wrong! So I’ve cut and pasted the subway instructions here: Directions: L train to Bedford Avenue; walk towards MetropolitanContinue reading “Directions to Prints Gone Wild, Secret Project Robot”

Lancaster PA First Friday

There was amazing creative energy on the streets of Lancaster’s “First Friday.”  Prof. Karen Kresge and a bunch of KU AIGA students carpooled the 60 miles from Kutztown to Lancaster. There were drum circles on Prince St., open air parking lot aerobics, men in full tuxedos, cops on horseback, buskers of every stripe. The Monty PythonContinue reading “Lancaster PA First Friday”

Evan Summer’s China Summer

Popular KU Professor Evan Summer spent a portion of his summer in China at the Guanlan Print Original Industry Base. Seems an “Original Industry Base” is what we in the U.S. might call an “art and business incubator.” The Chinese government has invested millions of yuan building a state of the art printmaking studio inContinue reading “Evan Summer’s China Summer”

Cannonball Press

Friday the 13th was my lucky day. I traveled to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for Cannonball Press’s show, “Born Under a Bad Sign.” Cannonball Press artists Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston were on hand to meet their fans at the opening. 99% Gallery is on the ground floor a repurposed warehouse at 99 North 10th St, nearContinue reading “Cannonball Press”

McCloskey Visits Evil

In recent years the most interesting artists I’ve met have been print-makers. I visited the studios of Mexican masters. Last summer I had the good fortune to study with the amazing Endi Poskovic, when he team-taught at Kutztown. Wanting to become a better woodblock printer, I asked Prof. Evan Summer to recommend the absolute bestContinue reading “McCloskey Visits Evil”