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   from the issue of September 23, 2004

Print Council conference opens Oct. 6

"Printmaking Relevance/Resonance," the biennial conference of the Mid-America Print Council, will be hosted by UNL Oct. 6-9.

The conference theme considers the role of printmaking in the past and in today's art world. This theme recognizes the impact and ramifications of the printed mark used for visual effect and as a means for authenticity - how things "look" and the "truth" of the printed word.

"This is an exciting and important educational and cultural event for us," said Karen Kunc, Willa Cather professor of printmaking at UNL. "We want to present a broad spectrum of issues, artists and exhibitions that will appeal to the public as well as the specialist. This is an opportunity for all of us to engage in exchange and dialog about art values of quality and appreciation, the relevance of art in our lives, about changing art media and technologies, and to learn directly from the artists themselves."

Keynote speakers for the conference will include Outi Heiskanen, Akira Kurosaki and Judy Pfaff. Heiskanen of Helsinki, Finland, is an artist and teacher who has made prints for 40 years. Kurosaki is a print artist in Japan and a professor at Kyoto Seika University. Pfaff of Kingston, N.Y., is an installation artist-sculptor who has created works in prints in the past 10 years with Tandem Press in Madison, Wis. Artists, curators and collectors will give additional conference presentations. Demonstrations in printmaking, papermaking and book arts will also be given. Other events include an Open Portfolios Night, "Big Spoon" collaborative woodblock project and a Mid-America Print Council Exchange Portfolio.

"Mirror of the Wood: A Century of the Woodcut Print in Finland" is on display at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery at UNL this fall and during the conference. The historical selection of prints are at the Sheldon now through Nov. 28, and the contemporary works are at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall now through Oct. 18. An opening reception for both exhibitions will be Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. in both the Sheldon and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery.

The conference sites will be the Embassy Suites Hotel and the UNL Department of Art and Art History in Richards Hall and Nelle Cochrane Woods Art Building.

For more information about the conference and registration information, visit the conference Web site at or contact Kunc at 472-5541 or



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