A Conversation on Printmaking

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 2:00pm4:00pm

Mezzanine Gallery

Free and Open to the Public

Against the backdrop of the exhibition New Prints 2011, organized by the International Print Center New York (on view through March 10) a panel of invitees will participate in a conversation about the fine art print. Moderated by UT's Ken Hale and Leonard Lehrer and held in conjunction with Printmaking Convergence project, the discussion will feature special guests printmakers Bill Hall and Miguel Aragon.

About the Artist

Bill Hall moved to New York in 1982 and began his career as a printmaker and collaborative printer at Robert Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop. Four years later, he established his own studio, NYLE Press, and then joined Pace Editions in 1988 where he currently works as master printer and studio director.

For over twenty years at Pace Editions, Mr. Hall has collaborated with acclaimed painters and sculptors including Jim Dine and Chuck Close. A highpoint of his career was assisting master printer, Aldo Crommelynck, for ten years at Pace. Crommelynck is best known for his extensive collaboration with Pablo Picasso.

Bill has continued to be productive with his own artwork, exhibiting and conducting workshops, while nurturing his love for the intaglio medium.

He received his BFA in painting from the University of Alabama, and a dual MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Texas, Austin.


Miguel Aragon:

An Artist and Printmaker currently a third year MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin.

Aragon was born and raised in Juarez, Mexico. Growing up on the border exposed him to multifaceted experiences, which he translates in his art by conflating different elements and mediums pushing the limits of traditional printmaking. The current violent events in his native city continue to influence his imagery.

Aragon states, “At the moment I am creating my matrices with a laser cutter which allows me to impress burned residue and create different heights of embossing. Through this process I am making the connection on the lack of ink or color to the absence of life. By using only the burned pigment as the source of mark making I’m playing with the idea that those events are burned into the consciousness of the city habitants; leaving unwanted memories through the continuous first hand exposure to these massacres shaping the way in which they live their life just as the burned residue leaves an imprint on the paper.”



Leonard Lehrer:

Leonard Lehrer is a painter and printmaker whose work is known internationally. His forty-seven solo exhibitions include showings in New York City, Philadelphia, throughout the US, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy; he has had five museum shows. Museums that have collected his work include the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in NYC; the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; the Sprengel Museum of Art, Hanover, Germany; and some ninety other public collections. His work is cited in various books, anthologies and catalogues and he has authored articles and catalogue introductions; he has also presented numerous papers and has participated in national and international symposia. Former Director of the School of Art, Arizona State University and Chair of the Department of Art and Arts Professions, New York University which awarded him status as Professor Emeritus of Art, Dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts, Columbia College Chicago, he is presently Visiting Professor and Director, Printmaking Convergence Program, College of Fine Arts and Department of Art & Art History, The University of Texas at Austin. Lehrer is also a Founding Trustee of the International Print Center New York (IPCNY).


Ken Hale:

Professor Hale received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. His paintings, prints, and drawings have been widely exhibited and collected. One–person exhibitions have been held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bangkok, Madrid, Dallas, San Francisco, Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Professor Hale's prints are represented in collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Museum of American Art, Washington DC, the Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, the Atlantic Richfield Collection, the American Airlines Collection, the McNay Art Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth. In 1979, Professor Hale founded and served as the Director for the Guest Artist in Printmaking Program. Professor Hale served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1996 to 2005 and is currently serving as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Fine Arts.

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