April 19, 2010

Experimental Printmaking Institute Produces Print by Artist Faith Ringgold to Benefit Children of Haiti

Meredith Castor '10, Leslie Raucher '10, and Kelly Giles '10 worked with Curlee Raven Holton, professor of art and director of EPI, to produce a limited edition print with artist Faith Ringgold to benefit the children of Haiti.

Three students worked on limited edition print with Professor Curlee Holton; an open house will be April 24

Three students worked with Curlee Raven Holton, professor of art and director of the Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI), to produce a limited edition print with artist Faith Ringgold and her foundation, Anyone Can Fly, to benefit the children of Haiti.

Meredith Castor ’10 (Chalfont, Pa.), a history major; Kelly Giles ’10 (Brielle, N.J.), a biology major; and Leslie Raucher ’10 (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.), a geology major, helped produce approximately 200 prints. The cost is $250 per print. Those purchasing a print can indicate if they would like a personal inscription on it from Faith Ringgold.

An open house at EPI will be held Saturday, April 24, 1-5 p.m.  There will be two workshop sessions: serigraph printing 1-3 p.m. with printmakers including Jase Clark and Holton, and book arts, 3-5 p.m., with EPI’s artist-in-residence MaryAnn Miller. A reception for those purchasing the print will be held that evening. Faith Ringgold has been invited to attend.

Ringold, who received an honorary degree from Lafayette in 2007, has written and illustrated 11 children’s books, including Tar Beach, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration. Recently, Ringgold’s print series, Declaration of Freedom and Independence, printed in 2009 at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, was exhibited in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

A professor emerita from the University of California at San Diego, Ringgold has served as an artist-in-residence at Lafayette. She has received more than 75 awards for her work, which is in the permanent collection of many museums, such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

The Experimental Printmaking Institute was established by Holton in 1996 to promote research and experimentation within the print medium. Since its inception, the EPI visiting artist and artist-in-residence programs have introduced students to over 50 artists from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. The visiting artists have provided students with talented, well-educated, and ambitious role models. Their residencies have inspired print editions, experimental works, and artists’ books, which have been included in galleries and exhibits around the globe.

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