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Traveling exhibit celebrates history of the arts at Ohio University

By Marisa Long

Retro by Harvey Daniels
Harvey Daniels, Retro, 1981, lithograph, embossing, 22 1/4" x 30"
Kennedy Museum of Art Collection
The Trisolini Print Project from the Kennedy Museum of Art's Contemporary Print Collection is visiting Ohio University's regional campuses as part of the bicentennial celebration.

The Trisolini program exemplifies the great tradition of the arts at Ohio University. It was initiated in 1978 by the late Henry H. Lin, Dean Emeritus of the College of Fine Arts. It represented a way for the students and faculty of Ohio University's College of Fine Arts to work with professional artists – usually sculptors – who had little or no printmaking experience.

Professor Donald Roberts, master printer, artist and former faculty member, coordinated the project from 1978-84. A total of 13 artists contributed to the collection. Twenty prints were developed and Lin suggested that multiple editions of the prints be made. As a result, each print produced up to 75 original editions, which were then sold. The profit generated from the prints was used to buy new works of art to add to the collection.

"The artists who came were able to experience printmaking and we were able to sell the prints," Roberts said. "It became a semi-commercial enterprise that helped our collection grow."

Although the project ended in 1984, Ohio University's renowned printmaking program continues to carry on the groundbreaking initiative that combines the artist and printmaker. The project also showcases the tradition of art appreciation at the University.

Jerry Westgerdes, professor of Fine Arts at Ohio University's Zanesville campus is looking forward to the project visiting the regional campuses.

For 'Passings' by Robert Stackhouse
Robert Stackhouse, For "Passings" (diptych), 1981, lithograph, 30 1/4" x 42 1/2"
Kennedy Museum of Art Collection
"We are able to benefit from art that is usually stored away, so this is a great opportunity," he said. "Art is a way of communicating that goes beyond words so I think it is important to promote art through exhibits."

The project is currently at Ohio University's Southern campus, but will be on display at all of the regional campuses throughout the 2003-04 school year.

"These works are a celebration of the collaboration of work that takes place in the College of Fine Arts between students, faculty and professional artists," said Roberts. "The project is perfect to visit the branch campuses because it has a universal overtone that appeals to everyone."

Ohio University Regional Campus exhibition schedule:

  • Southern Campus, Ironton
    Oct. 6 – Nov. 6
  • Zanesville Campus
    Jan. 12 – Feb. 20, 2004
  • Chillicothe Campus March 1 – 28, 2004
  • Eastern Campus, St. Clairsville April 5 – 29, 2004
  • Lancaster Campus May 7 – 21, 2004

Marisa Long is a student writer with the University Communications and Marketing.
 
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