Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The UWG Department of Art hosted renowned Printmaker Melissa Harshman on March 6 and 7 as a part of its visiting artist program. Harshman gave a lecture about her work and her artistic process in the creative research of printmaking and also created a limited edition screenprint with UWG students.
Harshman is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Printmaking Department at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. During her visit, Harshman worked with students to create a limited edition of screenprints and shared insights on her process of creative research, which is based on the technique of combining digital technologies with traditional printmaking.
“It is fun to see how images are built up,” said Harshman. “Students get to see and participate in the deconstruction and reconstruction of images.”
During her visit, Harshman donated several impressions of her print to the UWG Art Department. The donated prints will be sold and all the proceeds will go toward benefiting students through the UWG Art Department Visiting Artist Fund. The Visiting Artist Fund is used to invite established artists to work with UWG art students and further contribute to the creative learning process.
Students received first hand experience in printmaking by using Harshman’s images to make over 50 vibrant prints. “This opportunity promotes experienced learning,” said Stephanie Smith, Lecturer and Gallery Coordinator at the UWG Department of Art. “Students help with every step while getting to see how another artist thinks and puts things together artistically.”
All visiting artist events are free and open to the public.