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Printmaking conference to highlight medium, connections between artists

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 12, 2006) -- The printmaking area in Ohio University's School of Art will host the 2006 Mid America Print Council conference "Forging Connections" Sept. 20-23. Around 700 printmakers, students, curators and other art professionals are expected to attend the biennial event.

"At its core, this is an educational event during which participants can view a great variety of contemporary artwork and learn about new technical processes as well as engage in theoretical discussion during panel and lecture presentations," said Karla Hackenmiller, associate professor of art and co-organizer of the conference. "It's also very social, so professional artists and students can make personal connections with other artists from across the country. This is especially important for students as they gain an understanding of the larger art world beyond their own studio walls."

In addition to lectures and panel discussions, the conference will feature close to 30 separate exhibits, both on campus and in Athens and Nelsonville. All exhibits and some events are open to the public.

Wednesday will feature receptions at the Kennedy Museum of Art, the Ridges Studios and the Dairy Barn. On Thursday at 7 p.m., Steven Berlin Johnson will deliver the keynote address at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Berlin Johnson is the author of "Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter" and other books about the intersection of technology and personal experience.

Projects in which technology is used to serve artistic merit are at the heart of Ohio University's Aesthetic Technology Lab, also known as the @Lab. The lab will host an open house Saturday as part of the conference.

On Thursday and Friday, art supply vendors will display and sell items in Baker Center and the Howard Hall Site will be home to printmaking and papermaking demonstrations throughout the day. Also, exhibit receptions will take place at venues on campus and in Athens.

On Friday, galleries in Nelsonville will hold receptions, and on Saturday, artists' portfolios will be on view in Baker Center.

Ohio University Professor Emeritus Abner Jonas will receive the MAPC Outstanding Printmaker Award at the conference. Jonas, who served on the School of Art faculty from 1964 through 2005 (and as director for a number of years), taught undergraduate and graduate printmaking. His work will be shown at Seigfred Gallery, where a reception will be held Thursday from 8 to 10 p.m.

To see a full schedule of events, go to www.finearts.ohio.edu/art/mapc/.

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Media Contact: Associate Professor of Art Karla Hackenmiller, (740)447-0009 or hackenmi@ohio.edu

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